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—Legends #6 (1987) script by John Ostrander & Len Wein, art by John Byrne & Karl Kesel

Freedom & victory.

—Legends #6 (1987) script by John Ostrander & Len Wein, art by John Byrne & Karl Kesel

Wonder Woman is (re-)introduced to the rebooted 1980s DC Universe.

After DC Comics rebooted in the 1980s, it published the miniseries Legends to (re-)introduce a lot of its lesser-known (non-Superman, non-Batman) characters. Wonder Woman’s rebooted solo book by George Pérez was just a few months old by the time she appeared in Legends, but here was her first appearance in the wider DC Universe — and apparently one of her first times outside of Themyscira. Guy Gardner (the first to encounter her in Legends) and the public at large don’t even know who she is. She just bursts on the scene and tells everyone to get their act together.

I loved it.

It was treated very much like an introduction to a new character, or at least a new readership for an old character — and it totally worked on me. I had just started reading comics around this time, and I came to DC from the Christopher Reeve Superman movies. I knew who Wonder Woman was, of course — I’d seen Super Friends and read some Justice League back-issues — but this Wonder Woman was powerful, confident, independent, and mysterious. Not to mention John Byrne, one of the biggest superstar artists of the era, was at the top of his game.

At the end of Legends, when the rest of the heroes are patting themselves on the back and doing that whole “Maybe we should form a team” thing, Wonder Woman quietly sneaks away unnoticed.

"Dang," I thought, "Wonder Woman is on a whole other level."

—Image from Legends #6 (1987), script by John Ostrander & Len Wein, art by John Byrne & Karl Kesel

superdames:

Illustration by H.G. Peter for the article “Why 100,000,000 Americans Read Comics” by William Moulton Marston in the winter 1943 issue of The American Scholar.

Basically how I imagine the Justice League movie.

—Justice League of America #16 (1962) words by Gardner Fox, art by Mike Sekowsky & Bernard Sachs

Wonder Woman judges your hypothesis.

comicslams:

Wonder Woman Vol. 36 No. 228, February 1977

I don’t care who they are, I want to join that triumphant gang.

tompeyer:

Controlling the balloons through their specially-built cars

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One swing of Wonder Woman’s mighty fist.

—Wonder Woman #28 (1948) by William Moulton Marston & H.G. Peter

tompeyer:

Being romance editor is but one of her myriad activities.  

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Lynda Carter as Wonder Woman, 1970s

Happy Birthday, Lynda Carter!

Lynda Carter as Wonder Woman, 1970s

Happy Birthday, Lynda Carter!

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Oh look, they found a use for men.

—Wonder Woman #26 (1947) by William Moulton Marston & H.G. Peter

Yeah, women are worthy.

  • Jane Foster in What If? #10 (1978)
  • Storm in X-Men Annual #9 (1985)
  • Rogue in What If? #66 (1994)
  • Wonder Woman in DC Versus Marvel #3 (1996)
  • Black Widow in What If: Age of Ultron #3 (2014)

Stickin’ it to City Hall.

jthenr-comics-vault:

SENSATION COMICS #34 (Oct. 1944)
Art by H.G. Peter

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superdames:

Wonder Woman was created by a feminist.

Wonder Woman was a champion of feminists.

Wonder Woman is a feminist.

If you don’t want to call her one, you probably shouldn’t be doing a book called Wonder Woman.

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Haters reblogging this post.

People cracking jokes about how William Moulton Marston was a bohemian polygamist psychologist with a bondage fetish … as if this somehow disqualifies him from also being a feminist who believed in equality of the sexes?

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People claiming modern feminism is somehow vile, or a bad word, or some awful thing, as if it’s a monolithic movement or any one practice of feminism somehow monopolizes all feminists?

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People claiming Wonder Woman’s not a feminist, as if she’s not literally an ambassador sent to a place she calls “Man’s World” to try to convince people that women can be just as powerful as men — and to save them from destroying themselves in war?

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Feminism takes literally hundreds of differing and even conflicting forms when put into practice — as varied as people themselves, imagine that. But the belief in the equality of the sexes is literally the ONLY thing they have ever had — and have ALWAYS had — and they ALL have in common.

Just because you have a warped view of what feminism is, or you don’t like some version of feminism you encountered, doesn’t mean the rest of us have to accommodate your misconceptions.

I got no time for you haters. I’m here to celebrate women.

Deal with it.

The idea of Wonder Woman as a feminist icon is so imprinted in her history, and in analysis of the character, that separating her from feminism should be near impossible.