In 1941 whenWonder Womanmade her All-Star Comics debut, the concept of a female superhero was something of an unconventional notion. Following in the footsteps of Superman and Batman, our “shero” proved every bit as capable, headlining her own Sensation Comics book the following year. Unlike her male counterparts however, The National

Organization for Decent Literature (the One Million Moms of its time) blacklisted the comic, citing that “Wonder Woman was not sufficiently dressed.” Um… Hello! Superman wore red underwear on the outside of his costume! Wonder Woman, aka, Princess Diana of Themyscira,

has offered a long and storied career in the pantheon of pop culture. Finally, headlining her own movie onFriday, June 2. Marking only the third time in her 76-year, crime fighting career—following her appearance in last year’sBatman v Superman: Dawn of Justice—she has appeared on the large screen. Gal Gadot stars as the Amazonian princess, appearing in not only one, but two movies this year. It gives us a perfect opportunity to look at the herstory

of Wonder Woman, wouldn’t you say? That wasn’t a rhetorical question.

THE ORIGINAL ORIGINATOR As previously mentioned,Wonder Womanmade

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her comic book debut in the 1940s. The character was created by William Moulton Marston, the famed psychologist and inventor of the lie detector test, who modeled her after both suffragists and erotic pin-ups. Notably, the man who also fathered children with both his wife and mistress in a polyamorous relationship. He took her strength very seriously though, saying of his creation, “Frankly,Wonder Woman is psychological propaganda for the new type of woman who, I believe, should rule the world.”

Wonder Woman had her detractors, though. In the 1950s, she was accused by anti-comic crusader, Fredric Wertham of “Being a lesbian with a sadistic hatred of all men.” (He makes it sound like that’s a bad thing!) During this period,Wonder Woman went from a war hero, to a woman who delved into “regular gal mode,” working as a movie star, fashion model and even a lonely hearts columnist for a newspaper. In the ‘60s, she was rebranded as an Emma Peel/The Avengers-type character, then during the ’70s, fared a bit better thanks in part to the Lynda Carter TV series. In 1985, the comic book was cancelled due to low sales, but like the warrior she is,Wonder Woman came back the following year and has prevailed ever since.

THANK YOU FOR BEING A SUPER FRIEND The first animated version ofWonder Woman was featured onThe Brady Kids cartoon

in 1972…Damn, let’s be glad she didn’t throw the football at Marcia’s nose, it would have caved her face in! She and The Bradys get sent back to ancient Greece, courtesy of the kids’ magical pet, a talking myna bird. Though I’m sure that Jan was still blamed for it, somehow.

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