Born: 1938 August 17 in New York, New York, United States

Biography: Trina Robbins has been a comic-book artist and historian since the earliest days of the underground comix movement in the 1960s. Earlier, she had been an active artist in science fiction fandom but she began to attract a wider audience with strips in the East Village Other and contributions to the paper’s “Gothic Blimp Works” comic series.

Robbins moved to San Francisco in 1970 and in July that year she participated in the collective creation of the first self-consciously feminist comic, “It Ain’t Me Babe Comix”. She was involved with the seminal “Wimmin’s Comix” throughout its 20-year history, including a story in the first issue that is widely considered the first portrayal of an open lesbian in comics.

Robbins’ artistic work ranges from the eclectic subjects of the undergrounds, through adaptations of Sax Rohmer and Tanith Lee in graphic novels, through a children’s series about Millie the Model’s niece, “Misty”, to multiple “Wonder Woman” series.

Since 1985, Robbins has written half a dozen histories of women artists and writers of cartoons, strips, and comic books. “Women and the Comics” was the first, co-written with Catherine Yronwode, and it laid an early foundation in the field. Her subjects range from 19th Century newspaper strip artists through contemporary mainstream, indie, and zine creators.

Notes: To be confirmed against the Who's Who entry.

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    Trina Robbins Type: Changed Name
    Given name: Trina Family name: Robbins

Other Names:

  1. Lola Bennet Type: Pen Name
  2. Lola Bennett Type: Pen Name
  3. Trina Perlson Type: Name at Birth
    Given name: Trina Family name: Perlson
  4. Secondhand Rose Type: Pen Name
  5. Sheena Type: Pen Name
  6. Sheena Trina Type: Pen Name


  1. Cooper Union School of Art [NYC] ? to ?

    Notes: One year.

  2. Queens College of the City University of New York (CUNY) ? to ?

    Notes: One year, majored in English.


  1. Trina [generic]
  2. Trina
  3. Trina Robbins [generic]


  1. 1977: Inkpot Award - [no name]
  2. 2000: Lulu Awards - Lulu of the Year
  3. 2001: Lulu Awards - Lulu of the Year
  4. 2001: Lulu Awards - Women Cartoonists Hall of Fame
  5. 2002: Premios Haxtur (Haxtur Awards) - Special John Buscema Award
  6. 2013: Eisner Award - Hall of Fame - Voter's Choices

Awards for Issues:

  1. 1995: Eisner Award - Best Anthology
    The Big Book of Urban Legends (1994 series)
  2. 2002: Squiddy Award - Best Anthology
    9-11 (2002 series) #1

Art Influences:

Trina Robbins (b. 1938) stated influences by:
  1. Aubrey Beardsley
  2. Matt Baker (b. 1921)
  3. Nancy Burton (b. 1941)
  4. Will Eisner (b. 1917)
  5. Stan Lee (b. 1922)
  6. Tarpé Mills (b. 1912)
  7. Wally Wood (b. 1927)


  1. Wimmin's Comix Collective Type: member


  1. Spouse - Steve Leialoha (b. 1952)
    Notes: Life partners.