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Title:
Wonder Woman : the complete dailies 1944-1945
Author:
Marston, William Moulton, 1893-1947, author.
Publication Information:
San Diego : IDW Publishing, [2014]

©2014
Physical Description:
175 pages : illustrations (some color) ; 23 x 29 cm.
General Note:
Chiefly illustrations.
Language:
English
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ISBN:
9781631400285
Format :
Book

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Central Library PN6728.W4 M339 2014 Adult Non-Fiction Non-Fiction Area-Oversize
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Summary

Summary

Reprinted for the first time, the complete newspaper comics featuring the adventures of the world's most famous female superhero, written and drawn by her creators!

Just a few years after she burst into comic books, Wonder Woman was a sensation. Beginning in May 1944, she began appearing in her own daily newspaper strip, written by her creator, William Moulton Marston, and drawn by original artist Harry G. Peters. The strip lasted just over a year and a half.

It all starts on Paradise Island, where a tribe of immortal warrior women rule supreme and no men are allowed. Led by Queen Hippolyte and her daughter, Princess Diana, the Amazons will have their way of life changed forever when Steve Trevor, a wounded American soldier, washes up on their shores. Soon, Diana--rechristened Wonder Woman--is off to America in her invisible plane, armed with her lasso of truth, magic bracelets, and boundless love for all people. In man's world, she'll face enemies like the animalistic Cheetah, the subterranean Mole Men, and the man-killing Glamora, as well as the horrors of the Second World War.

Telling new stories, as well as adapting crucial plots from the comics, the Wonder Woman daily strip introduced the Amazon Princess to her broadest audience yet, making her a househould name. Since then, she's starred in comics, television shows, video games, and finally, in 2017, a major motion picture by Patty Jenkins, which recieved critical acclaim and broke the record for biggest opening weekend ever for a movie directed by a woman.

Wonder Woman: The Complete Newspaper Comics is a must-read for comics and pop-culture fans, as well as students of women's history and gender studies, where the character has had an indelible influence and continues to make an impact today.


Author Notes

William Moulton Marston --who wrote under the pen name Charles Marston--was a Harvard-educated psychologist and inventor, who developed, with the help of his wife, Elizabeth Holloway Marston, the systolic blood pressure test, which is a major component of the modern polygraph, or lie detector. His most well-known creation, however, is probably Wonder Woman, the first and most famous female superhero, whose popularity has endured for more than 75 years.

Through his work as a psychologist and development of the blood pressure test, Marston came to believe that women were superior to men, finding them to be more honest and loving in particular. He ultimately concluded that a female-dominated society was both preferable and inevitable, and set about propogating this philosophy through his work in both comics and psychology.

Wonder Woman first appeared in 1940, inspired by both Marston's wife and a former student of his, Olive Byrne, who lived with the couple and maintained a relationship with each of them that continued throughout their lives. Marston developed the concept with the blessing of Bill Gaines, co-publisher of All-American Publications, home of Green Lantern and the Flash, among others. Marston sought to subvert the trope of a superhero who defeats his enemies through fighting and violence, instead creating a character that conquered through love. Following a small introduction in All-Star Comics #8, Wonder Woman made her cover debut in Sensation Comics #1. Marston would continue writing and developing the character over the next six years, in both Sensation and her self-titled series, until his death in 1947.


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