In the main story in The Brave and the Bold #100 (written by Bob Haney), Black Canary goes missing from a vital assignment. Robin finds her in a beauty salon, sitting under one of those big loud hairdriers because her hair got wet in the rain.
And by “her hair,” I mean her blonde wig.
Until this moment, I thought that was the most insulting wimmen-iz-DUM portrayal of a superheroine in DC history.
Abberation: To be fair, by Silver Age comics standards, there is nothing particularly stupid about throwing dangerously radioactive substances out the window. It doesn’t reflect badly on Supergirl; if Jimmy Olsen had been entrusted with X-Kryptonite, he would have accidentally eaten it within five minutes.
In a way, the X-Kryptonite incident can be viewed as a progressive feminist message. After all, Supergirl is actively experimenting, using the tools of science independently to create materials with new and unique properties (which, granted, she then throws out a window). Consider: black people in comics were not allowed to create potentially deadly radioactive isotopes, and then throw them out a window, at that time.