I saw the photo (above; top) over at Frank Cho's forum a few days ago and although I figured out where it originated on the Internet, I thought that it was worthy enough to serve as a beautiful "real-life" analog for the fictional DC Comics superheroine as this week's "Gal" Friday selection.
Power Girl (real name Kara Zor-L, also known as Karen Starr) is a DC Comics superheroine, who made her first appearance in All Star Comics #58 (January/February 1976). The character was created by Gerry Conway, Ric Estrada & Wally Wood (and also based upon the character of Supergirl, which was originated by Otto Binder & Al Plastino).
Power Girl is of course the "Earth-Two" counterpart of the Silver Age Supergirl and the first cousin of Superman (Kal-L) of the pre-Crisis Earth-Two. The infant Power Girl's parents enabled her to escape the destruction of Krypton, although she left the planet at the same time that Superman did, her ship took much longer to reach Earth-Two.
Possessing superhuman strength and the ability to fly, she is currently a member of the Justice Society of America and the team's first chairwoman. Power Girl traditionally sports a bob of blond hair; wears a distinctive white, red, and blue costume; and has an aggressive fighting style. Throughout her early 1970's appearances in All Star Comics, Power Girl was frequently at odds with Wildcat, who had a penchant for talking to her as if she were an ordinary human female, rather than a superpowered Kryptonian, which she found annoying. Wildcat managed to edge Power Girl in cover appearances on All-Star Comics, with fourteen as opposed to thirteen covers.
The sexy young lady in the cosplay PG outfit is truly "howl-at-the-moon" incredible. I've said it before, but the guys who have girlfriends and spouses who engage in cosplay or who regularly show up at conventions in costume, DO NOT KNOW how lucky they are. Since I'm single again, I would give anything to find a new girlfriend who would do this. Granted it would be equally nice if she looked as good as this weeks anonymous lass, but I'm pragmatic about my chances of stumbling into one of these in my late 40's.
You know, the Christmas holiday is within spitting distance even as I write this, and "hark", I suddenly hear a bottle of Jim Beam calling me. Let me go, weeping, and take solace in the bottle. Feh!
[Art (above; right) by Alex Ross.]