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HOVERBOY #36
"HOVERGIRL'S CRAZY MIX-UP"

Fall, 1953

Hoverboy's dodgy relationship with women is perfectly personified in the cover from HOVERBOY #36.

With the introduction of female counterparts for Superman and Batman in their respective publications, it was inevitable that Hoverboy would one day meet his Hovergirl.

In this cover, the typically chauvinistic Hoverboy once again puts Hovergirl in her place. I've never come across Hovergirl's origin issue, so it's unclear what relationship there's supposed to be between the two hero's, but if this issue is any indication, her sole purpose was to purport that a woman's place was in the home, and not fighting crime!

Hovergirl encounters several acts which she thinks are crimes, when in fact the situations are quite innocent. A man taking his wife to the

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hospital is confused with a bank robber, a man seemingly spying on a woman is actually bird watching, etc., etc... Finally, Hovergirl attacks a man hunting with a gun in Central Park, only to realize the man is attempting to tranquilize a dangerous gorilla that has escaped from the zoo! The gorilla runs amok, until Hoverboy finally arrives to save the day.

Hoverboy certainly never did any favors for the female liberation movement...

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