The passing of Trina Robbins, a trailblazer in comics and feminism

Trina Robbins, who with her commitment and talent contributed to revolutionizing the world of comics, which was dominated by men at the time, has passed away at the age of 84.

The comics and activist communities mourn the loss of Trina Robbins, an iconic figure in American comics and a staunch feminist. Robbins passed away on Wednesday, April 10th, in a San Francisco, California hospital at the age of 84, due to complications from a stroke.

Her death was confirmed yesterday by her partner, superhero comics inker Steve Leialoha, to the New York Times. Robbins’ influence in the comic book world has been profound. In 1969, she contributed to the costume design for the Warren Publishing character Vampirella, collaborating with artist Frank Frazetta.

In 1970, she was among the creative minds behind “It Ain’t Me Babe Comix,” the first comic book made exclusively by women. And in 1985, she made history as the first woman to draw Wonder Woman, breaking four decades of male dominance in the field.

Robbins’ continued advocacy for women in comics

Even after achieving fame, Robbins remained a vocal advocate for female comic artists, contributing to the founding of Friends of Lulu in 1994, a group dedicated to promoting women in the industry. Her efforts to promote female representation in comics have left an indelible mark on popular culture.

Beyond her creative achievements, Robbins was a comic book historian, documenting and celebrating the role of women in the medium. Her work has earned recognition and awards, including induction into the Will Eisner Hall of Fame in 2013 and the Wizard World Hall of Legends in 2017.

Born in New York City on August 17, 1938, Robbins began her career collaborating with fashion magazines in the ’60s before making her comic book debut in 1966. Her legacy includes the creation of numerous female heroes and reimagining the origins of iconic characters like Wonder Woman.

Despite her passing, her critique of women’s representation in comics and her commitment to diversity and inclusion in the industry will continue to influence generations of artists and activists. Trina Robbins will remain a legendary figure and a source of inspiration for all those seeking to effect change through art and activism.

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