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Woman in Red

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The Woman in Red
Woman in Red
The Woman in Red

Real Name

Peggy Allen

First Appearance

Thrilling Comics #2 (Mar 1940)

Original Publisher


Created by

Richard E. Hughes & George Mandel

Golden Age Origin Edit

Frustrated by the limitations of her job, policewoman Peggy Allen creates a secret identity. As the Woman In Red, she wears a red floor-length coat, a hood, and a mask. Her detective and firearm skills help the Woman in Red accomplish her crime-fighting goals without the restrictions imposed on everyday police officers. During her vigilante career, the Woman in Red battled villains such as the Black Death and Voa.

Golden Age Appearances Edit

  • America’s Best Comics #1, 2 [1]
  • Thrilling Comics #2-18, 20-22, 24-30, 34-35, 38, 46 [2]


  • The Woman In Red was identified by comics historian Trina Robbins as the first masked female crime fighter. [3]
  • The Woman in Red is played by Kitsie Duncan in the Legacy of the Masque web series.
  • The Woman in Red is played by Alix Pasquet in the 2010 film, Avenging Force: The Scarab.

See Also Edit


  1. Issues renewed from 2 (September 1942) to 3 (November 1942)) Source: First Renewals List
  2. Issues renewed from February 1940 (v. 1 no. 1) to at least v 11 #1 Nov 42 (Whole Number 31) Mar42)) Source: First Renewals List
  3. Women in Science Fiction and Fantasy: Overviews edited By Robin Anne Reid

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