For the month of June, I wanted to highlight the most famous comic book superheroine in the world.
Popularized by the 1975 television show starring Lynda Carter, Wonder Woman has stood as a female icon for decades. Wonder Woman was created in 1941 by psychologist William Moulton Marston. Although Wonder Woman was created in the 1940’s, Wonder Woman has lacked a consistent portrayal in comics for years. Recent portrayals have tied Diana to her roots in Greek Mythology, and the 2017 film is the first mainstream media appearance featuring Wonder Woman since the 1970s.
Diana, Princess of Themyscira is the daughter of the Amazonian Queen Hippolyta. In her origins, Diana has always been molded by clay, but in recent adaptions, she is brought to life by the Greek god Zeus. Diana was raised on Themyscira, an island inhabited by a group of warrior women known as the Amazon.
As earlier mentioned, Wonder Woman’s origin is one of the most turbulent for popular superheroes. Her reasoning for leaving Themyscira have evolved as well. In the 1980s, she was depicted as an ambassador to the outside world. In more modern stories, Diana has been charged with a mission to bring peace to the troubled world of man. Modern Wonder Woman stories lean heavily on the character’s Greek Mythology beats, giving the character a rich history of villains and stories to play against. What hasn’t changed about the character is her kindness and belief in love and compassion.
Benefited by centuries of Amazonian training and the powers of a demigod, Wonder Woman is one of the most fierce superheroes around. Wonder Woman also possesses incredible strength, flight and an arsenal of Mythological tools.
In the past, Wonder Woman was famous for an invisible plane, but seeing as that was completely impractical, writers have moved to portraying her a capable of flight. Diana’s most notable tool is the Lasso of Truth and her bulletproof bracelets.
To celebrate the character’s 75th anniversary, Wonder Woman was named a United Nations ambassador in 2016. The idea was to place Wonder Woman as the icon for a campaign promoting women’s rights around the world.
Unfortunately, after petitions were brought up against Wonder Woman’s appointment, the UN removed the character’s status. Many were offended due to Wonder Woman’s portrayal as a sexual object.
DC Comics responded to the allegations saying, “Wonder Woman stands for peace, justice and equality, and for 75 years she has been a motivating force for many and will continue to be long after the conclusion of the UN honorary ambassadorship.”
Wonder Woman by Brian Azzarello and Cliff Chiang (Vol. 1-4) – Admittedly, this is the end-all, be-all Wonder Woman Story for me, and the run that allowed me to fall in love with the character. A cross between Superhero Comics and Percy Jackson-Esque mythology, I would 100% recommend the New 52 Wonder Woman run.