Meet Moon Maid, a character both loved and hated from the Dick Tracey comic strip. She was created by Chester Gould during the era of J F Kennedy's famous race to the moon speech, as well as NASA's early baby steps into space (John Glenn, Gemini, etc.). Purists who are fans of the strip see the whole Moon Maid sequence as an odd abberation of Gould's, a distraction from his lurid, exciting crime dramas. Fans, like me, see her as part of Gould's whimsical side, who was capable of creating characters like her and others that had a lighter touch.
Those are horns on the top of her head. The moon people were ahead of their time; they gathered their energy from the sun through their antannae/horns. She was able to burn people with a touch, detonate bombs from a distance, melt graphite pencil marks and cause paper or other objects to combust just by pointing at them. She also was able to control her body temperature at will--lowering it and raising it as needed (due to the extremes of temperatures on the moon). Because of this ability I pictured her with pale, pale skin. Her eyes were really strange--sometimes Gould drew them with pupils and other times not. I chose to leave them off in this picture, making her more alien (as if those yellow eyes weren't enough!). Her costume, a sleeveless bodysuit with red thigh-high boots, often illicited comments from those around her of "but--you're half-naked!" Rather quaint compared to today's standards in which she's more than adequately clothed.
Even though she is rather a strange individual and rather dangerous at that, she won the heart of Junior Tracy. He married her and they had one child, Honey Moon. Don't know if she's still in the strip or not. Moon Maid was tragically killed off in the seventies by a car bomb meant for Dick Tracy. We knew too much about the real moon by then for her to continue as a viable character.
This will be part of a series I hope to do of women characters from the comic strips, comics and animation that inspired me as I was growing up. Moon Maid and her story inspired me as a child to fantasize about other worlds and races. I had to wait to read of her adventures at my grandma's place as we didn't take the newspaper she ran in. My grandma would save the papers so we could read the comics. I remember waiting anxiously to get to those comics so I could find out what happened next after Junior and Moon Maid escaped earth in the Space Coupe and headed for the Moon. For several years I would draw Moon Maid and Junior and Honey Moon and make paper dolls of them. Those were the days.
Moon Maid is copyrighted probably by the syndicate that owns Dick Tracy. She was originally created by Chester Gould. The moon photo is from a stock shot on NASA's web site. I think I understood it to be copyright free, I hope.