The First Comic Book Produced by Women

"It Ain't Me Babe Comix." Trina Robbins, editor. Berkeley: Last Gasp Ecofunnies, July 1970.

“It Ain’t Me Babe.” Trina Robbins, editor. Berkeley: Last Gasp Ecofunnies, July 1970.

In anticipation of Women’s History Month, Special Collections is highlighting “It Aint Me Babe,” the first comic book to be produced solely by women. In July 1970, Trina Robbins, Barbara “Willy” Mendes, and other noted artists created this feminist, underground comic book.

“Conceived by the Women’s Liberation Basement Press,” the cover art features Wonder Woman, Olive Oyl, Elsie the Cow, Sheena – Queen of the Jungle, Little Lulu, and Mary Marvel, along with the phrase “womens liberation.” Only one issue was produced (it sold for 50 cents), although due to its popularity, second and third runs were printed.

This scarce item is part of the Womens History Ephemera Collection, which can be consulted by appointment. For more information about Special Collections and University Archives, please visit the website for the department. Additional library resources can be accessed on the subject guide for women’s and gender studies.

Kristen Nyitray

Kristen Nyitray

Associate Librarian; Director, Special Collections and University Archives; and University Archivist at Stony Brook University Libraries
Contact her for research assistance with rare books, manuscript collections, historical maps, and SBU history. E-mail: kristen.nyitray@stonybrook.edu.
Kristen Nyitray
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