Miss Fury was a serialized superhero comic strip that ran throughout the 1940s. Not only did it star a female superhero, but it was created, written, and drawn by a woman. June Tarpe Mills, using the pen name Tarpe Mills to conceal her gender, debuted her character, Black Fury, in 1941. Like all good superheroes, Black Fury was a bored wealthy socialite (Marla Drake). She happened to have a panther skin that was brought back from Africa for her as a gift, and thus her life of costumed crimefighting was born.
The serials were eventually collected into a very short-lived comic book series by Timely Comics (you might know them as Marvel Comics).The first three issues of the comic were thankfully reprinted in a book by Pure Imagination Publishing which isn't the easiest thing to find, but can be purchased from their website. I was given this book as a gift a couple of years ago, and I can tell you that it is awesome.
Not only does Mills hold her own writing and drawing adventure comics for men in a man's world, she totally throws down some of the craziest shit I have ever seen in comics. Stone cold badass craziness.
But you don't have to take my word for it.
MAIDS SLAPPING NURSES
WOMEN BEING BRANDED WITH
THAT'S RIGHT—WOMEN BEING BRANDED
MEN PUNCHING NURSES
CATS VERSUS MEN
MEN VERSUS CATS
MEN IN PANTHER SUITS BEATING WOMEN
IN PANTHER SUITS
CATS BEING TURNED INTO BOMBS
In conclusion, this collection of comics is definitely worth hunting down. As you can see, the art is awesome. And these panels are just a taste of what goes down. I mean, half of the story takes place in Brazil! I didn't even get into that!