Wonder Woman has been defending the world for 75 years and still going strong! This Amazon Princess was first created by William Moulton Marston and his wife, Elizabeth Holloway Marston in 1941, first debuting in All Star Comics #8 and later featured in Sensation Comics. She’s recently become an honorary UN Ambassador, her comics have never been better and she’s finally starring in her own movie next summer.
Diana Prince has come a long way in the last 75 years. Although her first appearance is as a secretary to the Golden Age Justice Society, she has since become far more iconic than the likes of Dr. Fate and Hour-Man. When Marston first created Wonder Woman, he sought to show girls that they didn’t need to be the damsel in distress.
Her comics have always been a champion of equality, but the character herself has transcended the comic book page and became a symbol of feminism and empowerment. Even so, her gender is not her sole defining characteristic. As powerful as Superman and as cunning as Batman, with a history as rich as both.
She hails from the Island of Themyscira, a daughter of an Amazon Queen and Zeus (or she was magically formed from clay, depending on the version). When US Air Force pilot, Steve Trevor, crash lands on the island, Diana journeys to “man’s world” as an emissary and dedicates her life to protecting the innocent.
Wonder Woman has plenty of villains, from half of the Greek pantheon to psychotic scientists, but more often than not, the story is less about defeating her enemies than attempting to redeem them. Her arch-enemy, The Cheetah, is also a friend she deeply cares for and wants to cure. Whenever she faces off against a mythological deity, she’s facing her own family.
Diana’s lasso of truth isn’t just a useful item in her inventory, it’s a way of life. In every conflict, she strives to see the truth, from both sides. That’s why Wonder Woman matters, perhaps now more than ever before.
Recommended Reading: “The Secret History of Wonder Woman” by Jill Lepore (non fiction), “The Legend of Wonder Woman” by Renae De Liz, “Wonder Woman: Gods and Monsters” by George Perez, “Wonder Woman: Blood” by Brian Azzarello, “Wonder Woman: Paradise Lost” by Phil Jimenez, “Wonder Woman: Eyes of the Gorgon” by Greg Rucka, “Wonder Woman: Earth One” by Grant Morrison, and “Wonder Woman: Odyssey” by J. Michael Straczynski.
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