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Continuing what I started yesterday with 1970s TV female superheroes, I have to discuss Isis, whose Saturday morning show predates Lynda Carter’s Wonder Woman. As far as I can tell, it was the first weekly live action female superhero show on US television.


Isis originally aired on CBS from 1975 to 1977 as half of the Shazam/Isis Hour then went into syndication as The Secrets of Isis.

The opening pretty much sums up the show’s premise - high school science teacher Andrea Thomas finds amulet that transforms her into the Egyptian goddess Isis. She has a broad range of powers, usually invoked through a rhyme like "Oh zephyr winds which blow on high / Lift me now so I can fly." You can find episodes on YouTube or get the DVDs from Netflix but be warned the show has not aged well at all.

If Isis sounds familiar, it may be because DC has a revamped version of Isis with the woman who was transformed named Adrianna Tomaz. Isis was also in the last season of Smallville where (obviously a spoiler) the amulet took over Lois Lane. I haven’t read any of the comics or watched Smallville so I don’t know a lot about those versions.

Of course rebooting Isis would look like a "we can't do Wonder Woman so let's do this instead" move. But since the amulet is supposed to work for descendents of Hatshepsut, it's a good excuse to have a female superhero who looks like this.


(Isis image from here, Gina Torres image from here.)

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