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Trina Robbins

Trina Robbins (in the middle) at the 1982 San Diego Comic Con
Born 1938
Nationality American
Area(s) Cartoonist, Writer, Penciller, Inker, Editor, Letterer
Official website

Trina Robbins (born 1938) is an American comics artist and writer. She was an early and influential participant in the underground comix movement, and one of the few female artists in underground comix when she started.



Robbins became an active member of science fiction fandom in the 1950s, and her illustrations appeared in science fiction fanzines such as the Hugo-nominated Habakkuk[1] She appeared as a pinup on the front cover of Terry Carr's Fanac #53, wearing nothing but a propeller beanie and a strategically-placed copy of Fancyclopedia II.[2]

Robbins' first comics were printed in the East Village Other. In 1970 she left New York for San Francisco, where she worked at the feminist underground newspaper It Ain't Me, Babe. She subsequently established the first all-woman comic book titled It Ain't Me, Babe Comix.[3][4] She became increasingly involved in creating outlets for and promoting female comics artists, through projects such as the comics anthology Wimmen's Comix. She was also the penciller on Wonder Woman for a time in the '80s.

She also worked on an adaptation of Sax Rohmer's Dope for Eclipse Comics and GoGirl with artist Anne Timmons for Image Comics.

Trina designed Vampirella's costume for Forrest Ackerman and Jim Warren.



In addition to her comics work, Robbins is an author of non-fiction books, including several with an emphasis on the history of women in cartooning.

  • Women and the Comics by Catherine Yronwode and Trina Robbins (Eclipse, 1983) ISBN 0-913035-01-7
  • A Century of Women Cartoonists (Kitchen Sink, 1993) ISBN 0-87816-206-2
  • The Great Women Superheroes (Kitchen Sink, 1997) ISBN 0-87816-482-0
  • From Girls to Grrrlz: A History of Women’s Comics from Teens to Zines (Chronicle, 1999) ISBN 0-8118-2199-4
  • The Great Women Cartoonists (Watson-Guptill, 2001) ISBN 0-8230-2170-X
  • Nell Brinkley and the New Woman in the Early 20th Century (McFarland & Co., 2001) ISBN 0-7864-1151-1
  • Eternally Bad: Goddesses with Attitude (Conari Press, 2001) ISBN 1-57324-550-X
  • Tender Murderers: Women Who Kill (Conari Press, 2003) ISBN 1-57324-821-5
  • Wild Irish Roses: Tales of Brigits, Kathleens, and Warrior Queens (Conari Press, 2004) ISBN 1-57324952-1

Awards and recognition

She is the first of the three "Ladies of the Canyon" in Joni Mitchell's classic song from the album of the same name.[5]

Trina Robbins won a Special Achievement Award from the San Diego Comic Con in 1989 for her work on Strip AIDS U.S.A., a benefit book that she co-edited with Bill Sienkiewicz and Robert Triptow.


  1. ^ Stiles, Steve. "Habakkuk Remembered." Vojo de Vivo #2, 2001; p. 20
  2. ^ Skyrack #16, p.1
  3. ^ Krensky, p. 74
  4. ^ Kaplan, p. 79
  5. ^ Weller, p. 293


  • Estren, Mark James (1974). A History of Underground Comics. Quick Fox Inc. ISBN 0879320753.  
  • Kaplan, Arie (2006). Masters of the Comic Book Universe Revealed!. Chicago Review Press. ISBN 1556526334.  
  • Krensky, Stephen (2007). Comic Book Century: The History of American Comic Books (People's History). Twenty-First Century Books. ISBN 0822566540.  
  • Weller, Sheila (2008). Girls Like Us:Carole King, Joni Mitchell, Carly Simon and the Journey of a Generation. Atria. ISBN 0743491475.  
  • Trina Robbins at the Grand Comics Database
  • Trina Robbins at the Comic Book DB

External links

Preceded by
Gerry Conway
Wonder Woman writer
Succeeded by
George Pérez

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