The World’s First Cross-Dressing Superhero

01/16/2013 09:06 am ET | Updated Jan 16, 2013

I received an email this week about an unknown artist Arthur Ashod Pinajian (aka Art Pinajian), who, the email described, was:

"a boy growing up in an Armenian community in West Hoboken, NJ., Pinajian was a completely self-trained cartoonist. During the Great Depression he became one of the pioneers in a new medium: the comic book. In 1940 he created ‘Madam Fatal,' the first cross-dressing superhero, for Crack Comics. After World War II, he enrolled at the Art Students League in Woodstock, NY. For 22 years, his life revolved around Woodstock, albeit largely reclusive, while he passionately pursued his painting."