Wonder Woman is a Wonder

Did you know that this year marks the 75th anniversary of Wonder Woman’s comics debut?

Seems like the perfect time to release a brand new movie (the first feature-length live-action cinematic release, even!) featuring the brave Amazon herself. And it rocks, of course.

What do you know about Wonder Woman?

illustration of Wonder Woman holding up her fists in a fighting stance
"Wonder Woman, whether in comic-book form, on TV, or on the big screen, fights crime and injustice." Bowling, Beatniks, and Bell-Bottoms: Pop Culture of 20th- and 21st-Century America, edited by Cynthia Johnson and Lawrence W. Baker, 2nd ed., vol. 3: 1940s-1950s, UXL, 2012. U.S. History in Context. Accessed 8 June 2017.

Here’s the rundown:

  • She’s an Amazon princess
  • Her home, Themyscira, is a Land Of No Men. It is also called Paradise Island (its original name)
  • She meets Steve Trevor when she saves him from a plane crash
  • Her first human job (in the comics) is as a nurse
  • Her real-world creator was the creator of the lie detector, a women’s rights activist, and in a polyamorous relationship.

Read more about that in The Secret History of Wonder Woman.

That particular story is getting its own big screen treatment in the near future.

As she evolved into the superheroine—and most recognizable figure—that we know today, Diana of Themyscira (or Diana Prince, as she calls herself in the regular world) has made friends, enemies, and allies all over the DC Comics universe. She has had her own major television show. She’s even been in a relationship with Superman (blasphemy!). What she has retained across all of that is her desire for justice.

Ready to get started?

The Legend of Wonder Woman

Wonder Woman

Wonder Woman by George Pérez

Wonder Woman by Greg Rucka

Wonder Woman '77

Wonder Woman Unbound

Want to read the most recent magazine articles about Wonder Woman? Use the Article Search in Zinio Magazines. You have to be logged in!

And if you want to do a really deep dive, read some scholarly articles about Wonder Woman as icon, character, and phenomenon.

Finally, check out Smithsonian's video about the woman believed to be the original model for Wonder Woman, Elizabeth Holloway Marston.

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