I was thinking about the Who's Who page I posted over the weekend and how I complimented Jim Mooney for including a shot of Linda Danvers in the background. I commented that he included her in the 'campus cuddle-bun' hair style.
Well, I wanted to show the origin of the 'campus cuddle-bun', a term which is not my own.
At the end of Action Comics #273 after the Supergirl story (scanned from Supergirl Archives Vol 2), DC asked readers to vote on a new hair-do for Linda Lee. In the upcoming year, Linda would be adopted by the Danvers. She would eventually be introduced to the world. She was growing up. And so the braided pony-tail look seemed too young.
So Jim Mooney designed five new hair styles for readers to vote on. The 'campus cuddle bun', the 'kitten cut', the 'pony tail sophisticate', the 'Lori Lemaris special', and the 'contempo cut'.
It is hard to know what I would be thinking in 1961 ... I was no where near being born. But when I first saw this page I thought I probably would have voted for the 'contempo cut'.
A few issues later, the results were posted. The 'campus cuddle-bun' was a runaway winner, nearly doubling the number of votes for the second place winner the 'pony tail sophisticate'. I was really impressed with the number of folks who wrote in to vote!
Surprisingly, the 'contempo cut' got the least votes!
And that's the origin of the 'campus cuddle-bun', a style Linda wore for much of her career.
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