Vixen makes her first appearance in 1981's Action Comics #521 where she gives the hands to America's great white hope, Superman.
Photo: DC Comics
So, it's pretty clear that Mari McCabe is completely badass
. She was originally supposed to be the star of her own solo run but, for whatever reason, that idea was nixed. However, one issue of that story was published in the Cancelled Comic Cavalcade #2
three years before her run in with the man of steel. After that, she was written mostly as a member of the Justice League, the Suicide Squad, and Checkmate. This year's Dwayne McDuffie for Diversity in Comics Award winner, G Willow Wilson wrote a limited series Vixen: Return of the Lion
in 2008 about Mari going back to her village that's worth reading when you have time
Vixen is one of the most popular heroes in the Blerd community.
Photo: Bettina Strauss/ The CW
This character making the transition from the world of animated series into live action is a very big deal. Blerds that have been following Vixen for a long time get the pay off of seeing her make a jump further into the mainstream, but casual fans that are Black women will get to see a superhero who represents them on screen. This move means that the CW is beginning to take this character, and her story, more seriously and as long as the fans keep pushing for her presence and showing their support, I wouldn't be surprised if a silver screen appearance isn't too far off, especially with DC gearing up to start filming Justice League – Part 1
on April 11th