Congratulations to television’s best Wonder Woman, Lynda Carter. At 66 years old, Carter finally received her star on the Hollywood Walk of Fame. Patty Jenkins, director of 2017’s smash hit Wonder Woman was at Carter’s side as she posed with her star. Jenkins captured the importance of Carter’s portrayal of the Amazon princess: “In my… Continue reading Congratulations, Lynda Carter!
When W. M. Marston created Wonder Woman he wanted her to possess universality so that women could see their potential in her and men could see the power of women in her. This is part of her appeal — her ability to morph, transform, and flex. This is also the appeal of modern day Sensation… Continue reading You Are Wonder Woman
In December 1942 Wonder Woman was asked to star in a feature film. Initially, she suggests hiring an actress to play her part. But after hearing that Steve Trevor would be in Los Angeles she changes her mind. (Note: This contradicts previous stories where Wonder Woman is uninterested in Trevor. However, her alter-ego Diana Prince is… Continue reading Fishing in a Goldfish Bowl: Some of the Complexities of Golden Age Wonder Woman
By now, many discussions about the Oscar nominations have happened and the nominations have been discussed both in and out of their political contexts. As a Wonder Woman fan, I was surprised (as many fans were) to hear that the 2017 film Wonder Woman didn’t receive a single Oscar nomination. The film’s director, Patty Jenkins, didn’t… Continue reading You Probably Won’t Win an Oscar and Wonder Woman Won’t Either
The Golden Age of Wonder Woman One of the most fascinating elements of Golden Age Wonder Woman are the tools available to her. “Mission to Planet Eros” introduces the reader to a number of fascinating tools that haven’t been mentioned before (Marston 1). The story opens with Diana Prince dressing for work by putting on… Continue reading Astral Bodies, Ray Guns, and the Wonder of it All
Celebrating Year One To celebrate Wonder Woman’s first year of publication, creator William Moulton Marston spins a tail that draws Diana Prince, Wonder Woman, and Steve Trevor back together. Only the love triangle between these three is transformed into a love square involving Dolly Dancer, a young woman Diana trails Steve to meet at the… Continue reading Celebrating Wonder Woman’s First Year of Publication Or Ruining her Feminist Reputation
Wonder Woman isn’t a character. Wonder Woman is a role that different characters take. This complicates discussions and understanding of Wonder Woman because that title doesn’t always refer to daughter of Hippolyte, Diana, Princess of the Amazons. Others have been Wonder Woman, and other Wonder Women exist in the multiverse. Diana Who? At some level,… Continue reading Is that you, Diana?
When it comes to Golden Age Wonder Woman, people have devoted a great deal of attention to creator William Moulton Marston’s unconventional lifestyle and his beliefs. A lot of that attention is paid to the number of scenes in which Wonder Woman is tied up and must escape. Bondage is certainly a primary source of… Continue reading Weld Then: Wonder Woman’s Bracelets
After my last post, people may have the impression that I don’t appreciate Marston-era Wonder Woman, and I want to be sure that is cleared up. I appreciate Marston’s creation. I appreciate the complexity that he gave the character from the moment he created her. A simpler character most likely would not have endured 75… Continue reading With Respect to Marston
From Academic to Fan The current political climate makes reading classic (i.e. Marston-era) Wonder Woman feel more relevant. To be honest, reading Marston-era Wonder Woman is tough for me. The stories share a formulaic structure and repeat the same themes: Wonder Woman saves America from the Axis of Evil and along the way encounters Steve… Continue reading My Halting Transformation into a Wonder Woman Fan