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The Carol Danvers Experience

Long before Brie Larson was Captain Marvel, or indeed had any kind of sustained career as an actress, she tried her hand at music, and while she fell short of getting any hits, she did release enough material to have an actual slbum, and due to its subject matter, Track 10, co-written by Larson, needs to be here.

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Evocative artwork

This is generally outside our turf here — author Jennifer Rothschild is a minister, motivational speaker, and head of a women-in-ministry group — but this cover design is utterly brilliant and deserves some recognition:

"Invisible" by Jennifer Rothschild

There is also a version of this book written specifically for younger women.

The author’s Web site (and blog!) is at

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Not to be used for nefarious purposes

Like this will actually discourage ne’er-do-wells out there:

Still, I suppose it’s worth a try.

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There’s one in every crowd

Doesn’t mean you’re going to recognize her, though.

(Via @GhostCatLady.)

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Somewhat out of sight

A member of the Invisiphiles group (thank you, Tex) spotted an Invisible Woman graphic at, and hey, how could I resist?


Oh, what fun.

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See-through socks

For some reason, this image put some ideas into my head:

Mere sheers somehow don’t have the same effect.

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Latest news

Finally got Transparent’s Fiona McClean added to the FIdb. (I’ve reviewed it here.)

A different tack altogether, and not entirely on topic, since it’s a guy, but I also recommend Invisibility by Andrea Cremer and David Levithan, an affecting story about a teenage boy who can’t be seen — and the new girl in town, who can actually see him. The appearance of two good YA novels on this topic, I suggest, is good news for the future.

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The unseen fashionista

The Web site of the Guardian has added a fashion column dedicated to the “vintage years,” written by someone identified only as the Invisible Woman. Apparently no one’s noticed her in about ten years.

I think it’s a fairly safe bet that she can actually be seen, but I have to applaud her taking on the pseudonym, if only because it stirs conversation, and if there’s one thing the Guardian likes, it’s conversation: they have a whole subsection called “Comment is free,” with its own US sub-subsection.

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The Story Archive closes

After several years on GeoCities and a year on its own domain, The Invisible Woman Story Archive will be shutting down. I’m hoping some of the stories may turn up elsewhere — Yahoo! Groups, perhaps? — but it looks like this particular repository is, um, vanishing.

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Where it gets tricky

Resolved: “A woman made invisible is not likely to ask if this dress makes her look fat.” True, false, or somewhere in between? (Derived from this.)

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It’s just a trope

Arguably the funniest stuff written on the subject of invisibility comes from the TV Tropes people; it’s simultaneously perfectly deadpan in the purest academic sense, and yet it’s jam-packed with snark. This sentence, which references two other tropes, is classic:

Permanent, involuntary invisibility is usually treated as either Cursed With Awesome or Blessed With Suck depending on the story.

There’s also an extremely-detailed list of characters, permanent or temporary, voluntary, male or female or perhaps something else entirely, which you should probably keep for reference.

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The Story Archive moves

With the demise of GeoCities, Paul Cwick has been forced to relocate the Invisible Woman Story Archive, which now has its own domain: It looks pretty much the same, except for the absence of all the GeoGewGaws that were overlaid in a desperate attempt by Yahoo! to earn back some of the $3.57 billion they spent to acquire GeoCities in the first place.

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USS Susan Richards

The Economist finds it inexplicable that the United States would name a new nuclear-powered aircraft carrier after peacenik George McGovern:

An enemy looking upon an American ship of war should not be reminded of the droning speeches of American politicians. American warships should be named after universally recognisable, all-American cultural figures who embody limitless powers of destruction, put to the service of peace, justice, and the good of all mankind.

Among such figures: Batman, the Invisible Woman, and, um, Michael Jackson.

Part of the upside of naming a warship after the Invisible Woman, I suspect, is that people will wonder if it’s corroboration for all that Philadelphia Experiment stuff.

(Seen, as it were, at Mahou Meido Meganekko.)

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I did not know that

(You have to say that in the Johnny Carson manner: genuinely surprised, but just a tad arch.)

For Valentine’s Day (argh!), Darcy McLaughlin recalls the stories of five superhero couples, and drops a factoid of which I was unaware:

Part of the reason for the success of [Fantastic Four] was the romance between the genius Reed Richards and Invisible Girl (eventually Invisible Woman) Sue Storm.

The couple actually met when she was 13 and he was 19 and began dating only years later when she was old enough to ensure Reed wouldn’t end up in jail.

Which, according to the keepers of the timeline, is true: Reed, then a student at Columbia, was boarding at a house owned by Sue Storm’s aunt, and following the imprisonment of Dr. Franklin Storm, who after his wife’s death spiraled downward rapidly, Sue and Johnny wound up living with that very aunt.

As with any long-running series, there are inconsistencies: apparently as originally scripted, Reed was already twenty-three when they met, and you’d think that Sue, crushing from that tender age, might not later find the Sub-Mariner quite so appealing. Then again, Reed was such a geek in those days.

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Old news

Invisibility? Roberta X has it:

[A]sk any gal engineer. You make a technical suggestion and the boys sit there like warts; two minutes later, one of them says the exact same thing and oh, boy! It’s the best thing since sliced beer or canned bread.

No wonder she’s not impressed.

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Take a look

Former American Idol contestant Celena Rae has recorded an album called Invisible Woman for Dallas-based YMC Records, and it’s a better-than-decent example of contemporary country. The title song is a fairly standard not-being-noticed lament, but it’s pleasingly punchy, and the hook kicks in at the very end of the chorus: “Tell me, darling, when did I disappear?” Her Web site tells you more about her.

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