“There were a number of daring career women in early comic books –– reporters, photographers, pilots, even a tugboat captain. The most unexpected was Betty Bates, Lady-at-Law, a beautiful but tough attorney with jiu-jitsu skills. This lady lawyer spent more time investigating cases than she did in the courtroom, and often wound up taking the law into her own hands. Two-fisted Betty hadn’t completely left her working class roots behind, and wasn’t afraid to punch a crook in her role as ‘purveyor of justice.’ Eventually Betty became a crusading district attorney and enjoyed one of the longest careers for a female hero, appearing in Hit Comics for an impressive run from 1940-50.” —Mike Madrid