365 Reasons to Love Comics #169

I hope you'll forgive me a short one-- it's been a lousy day. If you're clamoring for more, however, there's always the archive!

Today, my friends, I bring you the story of a cop. But not just any cop...


169. Lady Cop

...a Lady Cop.

The First Issue Special series was a strange beast. Frankly, it was terribly titled-- blatantly proclaiming "First Issue" every issue, but dashing our hopes with the numbering in the little box next to it. At one point, I was tossing around the idea of a "one-hit wonder" theme week-- and, you know, most of them would probably come from the First Issue Special series. I've already discussed one brilliant concept birthed from FIS's pages-- I'm speaking, of course, of the fantabulous Green Team-- and now, it's time for another.

Lady Cop was the story of one Liza Warner-- a young woman terrorized by being the sole survivor of a massacre by a Killer In Boots. Haunted by the experience and vowing to catch the killer, she... joins up with the police force. What? You expected a cape and tights? Never! She becomes a policewoman, learns martial arts, kicks sexist pig ass, and teaches all her readers about the dangers of venereal disease. Seriously. The story is ten kinds of awesome.

Clearly, only one man could bring us such brilliance. That's right. Robert "Wild Bob" Kanigher. Along with artist John Rosenberger (whatever happened to him?), he crafted the first and only Lady Cop story.

"Only," that is, until Gail Simone started writing a little series called All New Atom. Ivy Town had a new police chief... a Lady Chief, you might say. Her name? Liza Warner. Huzzah! Finally, everyone's favorite obscure female character has returned. It only took a little over three decades. Every night, right after I pray for world peace and the health of my family and friends, I ask God to let Gail reveal to us the true identity of the Killer In Boots, and let the Lady Cop finally catch him. Admit it; that would be marvelous.

And now: Lady Cop's greatest moments! Click to enlarge the ones that need enlarging. I have shamelessly borrowed these images from other sources, but fear not, I shall link to those wonderful souls below.

Do you see? Do you see the awesome?

As you may expect, the blogosphere loves Lady Cop. I shall prove it with links!:

Devon of "Seven Hells!" has an entire labeled section devoted to Ms. Warner. Behold! All his Lady Cop posts in one nice package.

Walaka of the Last Shortbox/Recreation Annex hits us with the Saga and Return of Lady Cop.

Fanzing (okay, not really a blog) tells us about the Cop who is a Lady.

My work here? Done. (You know, this one turned out to be just as long as a normal one after all... probably longer than yesterday's, though that one took forever to compile and complete.)

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