Wonder Woman celebrates 75 years
She's the world's most famous superheroine. She's the only female superhero to be in continuous publication since her first appearance in 1941. And she's celebrating her 75th anniversary this year.
Wonder Woman was created by psychologist William Moulton Marston, the inventor of the polygraph. (With that in mind, it's even more interesting to note that Wonder Woman's golden lasso compelled people to tell the truth.)
Along with artist Harry G. Peter, Marston created the tale of an Amazonian princess who travels to "man's world" as an ambassador of peace.
Marston, who wrote Wonder Woman under the pseudonym Charles Moulton, saw Wonder Woman as a counterpoint to the rampant masculinity of the early comics industry.
Wonder Woman has appeared in thousands of comic books and hundreds of cartoons but is perhaps best-known from the 1970s television series starring Lynda Carter. The character appeared, played by Gal Gadot, in last year's "Batman v. Superman," and will headline her on "Wonder Woman" film in 2017. She's appeared on postage stamps and been named a honorary U.N. ambassador this year.
In support of the U.N. campaign, DC will publish a special comic book in 2017 with Wonder Woman carrying forth the positive message of empowering women and girls. In a first for the company, the comic book will simultaneously be published in the six official languages of the U.N.: Arabic, Chinese, English, French, Russian and Spanish.
“The greatest honor and responsibility of playing Wonder Woman was serving as a role model for fans around the world, particularly girls,” Carter said in a news release. “I've seen firsthand how a powerful yet compassionate superhero can inspire women to believe in themselves and men to support equality.”
Want to celebrate Wonder Woman's anniversary? Here are some books to check out celebrating the Amazon.
Wonder Woman: 75th Anniversary Box Set: If you're looking for complete arcs featuring Wonder Woman, this box set contains four of the best from comics dating from the 1980s to 2011. They are "Gods and Monsters" by George Perez; "Down to Earth" by Greg Rucka; "The Circle" by Gail Simone and "Blood" by Brian Azzarello.
Wonder Woman: The Golden Age Omnibus Vol. 1: Released last month, this hardcover collects Wonder Woman's earliest adventures in "All Star Comics" No. 8, "Sensation Comics" Nos. 1-24, and "Wonder Woman" Nos. 1-7.
Wonder Woman: A Celebration of 75 Years features reprints from the character's earliest days to recent appearances. To get a wide sampling of how Wonder Woman's appeared over 75 years, this is probably your best bet. There's slight duplication with the other two sets, but this version casts the widest net, with issues from each decade of Wonder Woman's history.