Personally for me, the answer is simple – Supergirl and Wonder Woman.
I was around 5 years old when I first saw the Supergirl Movie and when I first started watching Wonder Woman on TV.
Even at that age, I was mesmerised.
And it wasn’t just because Supergirl and Wonder Woman were hot. It was their strength and their power over the men around them. Their physical strength that allowed them to throw big men around, lift them by their chin, or kick them through a fence.
Of course I’m referring to the ultimate scene:
An innocent Supergirl being confronted with two ugly truckers, and exploring her new physical superiority with such innocence, but also disbelieve that they would even do this to her. I loved it.
Oh, and this magazine set my world alight!
Of course from the early 1980’s until the early 2000’s there wasn’t a great deal to talk about. The internet wasn’t really that mainstream, there was no catchup TV, no YouTube, no nothing.
With the exception of a few super strong women on programmes like Hercules with Kevin Sorbo, and then kung fu films that featured women that could handle themselves – like China o’Brien – there wasn’t a great deal.
But the internet changed everything. And digital cameras changed everything.
I remember in the late 90’s and early 00’s coming across photomanipulation. Some amazingly talented artists that were a) talented and b) also into Superheroines.
I remember Daubster [http://home.swipnet.se/daubster/galleries/galleries.htm] and I remember someone called 4D (I think). He created these amazing photo manips of space girls and Supergirls. (I’ll insert the photo when I find it.
It was the same guy that created this photomanip:
But then everything changed.
One day, in amongst all the forums, the blogger pages, etc I came across Mandi Steele at mandisteele.com.
And she changed my life! Well… that part of my life.
I’d never seen a woman in a home made Supergirl costume. Or Power Girl. Or the other black Supergirl costume or the red Aurora one.
I was transfixed.
Compared to what we have now in 2015 – the Supergirl movie, and a bazzilion different websites catering to Superheroine stuff – the picture above looks a little primitive. And I guess it is. Mandi Steele wasn’t the best looking woman in the world. Nor did she fit my idea of what Supergirl or a superheroine looked like. Nor did she have the type of figure that I expected a superheroine to have.
But she was there on my screen, decked out in a proper spandex Supergirl costume, and in some of the updates, beating the shit out of unsuspecting burglars and lifting them up into the air with a single hand, in knee-high boots, and sometimes in glossy sheer tights/pantyhose.
It was amazing. Absolutely amazing.
And then of course Mandi introduced her ‘sister’ Adara, and Kendall, and the rest of the crew, and I was hooked. I must’ve spent $14.95 for at least 8 years ($1435.20). And it was worth every penny!!
The MandiSteele.com website was a turning point. I don’t know when the website went live and when it finally stopped being updated, but in that time a lot of beautiful women in superheroine costumes appeared on that website. And they were experimenting with special effects, etc.
Have a look at some of the gorgeous models featured on the website:
And I wanted to give it a go myself.
I had no experience in photography, in shooting something, in hiring models, in creating spandex costumes, in anything really. But the MandiSteele.com crew really inspired me. It wasn’t that I thought I could do better, or that I felt there was anything missing from their content. I just wanted to have a go at something creative (I have a desk job) and see whether I can bring my superheroine and supergirl fantasies to life.
And so I did.
My first shoot was with a girl called Susan – she came along with her boyfriend and we hired a place out in town. Looking back on it now, I had no idea. No idea how to use the camera, no idea how I was going to use the raw footage. And no idea how to direct another human being to do what I needed them to. We had no props, no nothing.
But, at the end of that day, I felt amazing and looking back at some of the photos on the train home, I was very very excited. And I was more excited to publish my work on the web for everyone else to see.
But I had no website. And I had no way of obtaining payment. And so all that was new. Creating a website myself, getting Verotel/CCBill on board, figuring it all out, etc.
It was fun. And once I launched my website at supersexyheroines.com and I got my first members, I was hooked, and I am lucky enough to have convinced some stunning women to wear some amazing superheroine costumes, and to have convinced a good number of men to get their asses kicked by a bunch of girls!
Of course since then, things have been up-and-down. Personal problems about 4 years ago, coupled with a very demanding job that requires me to travel, means that updates have been sporadic. But I’m hoping to fix that now.
But, I guess in conclusion, I wanted to write this post to give a nod to Mandi Steele, BullyPup, and the other guys behind-the-scenes that made Mandi Steele possible. I know a LOT of people will agree with me that it was the best superheroine website out there for a long long time, and Mandi was stunning in her costume, and the other girls that came on-board were also stunning.
Its a shame it stalled for a bit, and I’m really hoping that one day they will dust off their costumes and shoot a few more.
I’m still into it. I really am.
But with time pressures, the day-job not letting up, and everything else in between its hard keeping promises. And for that reason I’m not making any. I’ll preview whats coming up and give an indication on when I intend to release, but otherwise its not fair to keep making promises.
I’m looking forward to The Battle for Earth to release Excelsia 2, and I’d be pretty annoyed if it were never released with no reason why. So I get it.
I’m excited to have a few projects lined up.
The Female Future is the one I’m most excited about. The first two stories I have are great! And there is a lot of scope for more. Here is a teaser of just SOME of what is coming.
Thanks again to the team what worked on the Steeles websites – you were an inspiration, and guys discovering the superheroine genre for the first time in 2015 will have no idea how valuable or groundbreaking the website was back in 2000.
Oh, and a final question – anyone know where this image was published, and whether there were any more photos released of this set?
(yes, I can see the domain name in the pic).