Women in Comics: Wonder Woman

This month, for Women’s History month, I am going to do a daily feature focusing on some of the great female characters in comic books. There are a ton of awesome women in comics. I am going to talk about superheroes, villains, and iconic supporting women. I am going to start with probably the most iconic woman in comics(and Dean MizCaramelVixen’s favorite), Wonder Woman.

20140301-100631.jpgWonder Woman was created by William Moulton Marston. Wonder Woman debuted in December 1941 in All-Star Comics #8, published by DC comics. Wonder Woman is an Amazon, based on the Amazons of Greek mythology. She has appeared in her own book almost continuously since the 1940s. Wonder Woman has also appeared in Justice Society and Justice League comics throughout the years.

Wonder Woman lived with the rest of the Amazons on Paradise Island. Captain Steve Trevor crashed on the island, and Wonder Woman nursed him back to health. When he was ready to return to man’s world, Wonder Woman’s mother, Queen Hippolyte, held a contest. The winner of the contest would return Trevor to man’s world, and fight for Justice. Wonder Woman won the contest, and returned with Trevor to man’s world. Once there, she fought for justice, battling many super villains and evil gods.

Wonder Woman has appeared in many different cartoon, including Super Friends, Justice League, and Justice League Unlimited. She has had her own self titled direct to DVD animated movie, and has also appeared in other DC animated features.

20140301-104203.jpgFrom 1975 to 1979, there was a live action Wonder Woman show, starring Linda Carter. This was my first exposure to Wonder Woman. I loved this show. There have been other attempts to bring a live action Wonder Woman show to tv again, but every attempt has flamed out. I find this shocking. As many dramas that are on tv that are driven by a female lead(Scandal), Wonder Woman deserves a show. Gal Gadot has been cast to play Wonder Woman in the upcoming Man of Steel sequel. I hope this leads to a Wonder Woman movie. If other fantasy movies can be made and make a ton of money, they can do a Wonder Woman movie.

Wonder Woman was created to symbolize justice, love, peace, and sexual equality. I say, mission accomplished. I would love to see more done with this amazing character. Hopefully, she will get her own movie franchise soon enough, and that DC/Warner Bros. doesn’t screw it up. I know I would run to see a Wonder Woman movie.

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