Wonder Woman

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A hundred years ago I walked away from mankind — from a century of horrors. Man made a world where standing together is impossible. ~ Batman v Superman: Dawn of Justice

Wonder Woman is a fictional character and superhero, also known as Diana, princess of the Amazons, and as Diana Prince. Wonder Woman was created by psychologist William Moulton Marston, debuting in All Star Comics #8.

See also:
Wonder Woman (2017 film)

Catch phrases[edit]

Merciful Minerva!

Great Hera!

Suffering Sappho!

Athena's Shield!

All-Wise Athena!

Aphrodite Aid me!

[1]

All Star Comics #8 (Introducing Wonder Woman)[edit]

Written by William Moulton Marston
Narrator: At last, in a world torn by the hatred and wars of men, appears a woman to whom the problems and feats of men are mere child's play. A woman whose identity is known to none, but whose sensational feats are outstanding in a fast-moving world. With a hundred times the agility and strength of our best male athletes and strongest wrestlers, she appears as though from nowhere to avenge an injustice or right a wrong! As lovely as Aphrodite- as wise as Athena- with the speed of mercury and the strength of Hercules - She is known only as Wonder Woman, but who she is, or whence she came from, nobody knows!

Wonder Woman: A man! A man on Paradise Island!

Hippolyta: In the days of ancient Greece, many centuries ago, we Amazons were the foremost nation in the world. In Amazonia, women ruled and all was well.

Wonder Woman (news strip)[edit]

June 16th 1944[edit]

Written by William Moulton Marston

Wonder Woman: In Amazonia I'm a Doctor!

Wonder Woman (comic)[edit]

Wonder Woman #5 (The Battle for Womanhood)[edit]

Written by William Moulton Marston

Marva Psycho: Submitting to a cruel husbands domination has ruined my life! But what can a weak girl do?
Wonder Woman: Get strong! Earn your living --join the WAAC's of WAVES and fight for your country!

Sensation Comics[edit]

Sensation Comics #1[edit]

Written by William Moulton Marston
Wonder Woman: Your leg--it's broken!
Steve Trevor: My leg does seem bent a bit--but I'm glad of it. At least it shows you care.

Sensation Comics #4[edit]

Aphrodite: Twice thou failed to take command of people who need forming. First thy reformandos - Paula made thee commandress against thy will! Thoday thou refused to send Paula's slave to reform island.
Wonder Woman: I'm sorry Goddess!

Sensation Comics #7 (The Milk Swindle)[edit]

Written by William Moulton Marston
Wonder Woman: It can't be legal to deprive poor children of milk!

Sensation Comics #8 (Department Store Perdify)[edit]

Written by William Moulton Marston
Wonder Woman: Great girdle of Aphrodite am I tired of being tied up!

Sensation Comics #9 (The Return of Diana Prince)[edit]

Written by William Moulton Marston
Wonder Woman: How thrilling! I see you're chaining me to the cookstove. What a perfect caveman idea!

Sensation Comics #19 (The Unbound Amazon)[edit]

Written by William Moulton Marston
Wonder Woman(Bracelets broken): I'm completely uncontrolled! I'm free to destroy like a man!

Sensation Comics #27 (The Fun Foundation)[edit]

Written by William Moulton Marston
Gay: Ely didn't want me-my last hope was gone. So I decided to die.
Wonder Woman: Poor child! You've lived a terrible life- gloomy. tragic. You're fun starved! You must learn to play!

Sensation Comics #58 (The Bog Trap)[edit]

Written by William Moulton Marston
Wonder Woman: Never mind Olive, you'll do better next time.
Olive: I'm just as good as those nasty ol' mean boys.

Sensation Comics #60 (The Ordeal of Queen Boadicea)[edit]

Written by William Moulton Marston
Wonder Woman: Women seem like sissies because you don't know their true strength.

Wonder Woman: Well Bif, do you like history now?
Bif: You bet--I'm keen about it! When you live history it's exciting--'specially the parts about women hero's like Boadicea an' you, Wonder Woman!

Comic Cavalcade[edit]

Comic Cavalcade #8 (The Amazon Bride)[edit]

Written by William Moulton Marston
Wonder Woman: Aphrodite forbids us Amazons to let any man dominate us. We are our own masters.

Wonder Woman[edit]

Wonder Woman vol.1 #7[edit]

At the school of Athena, Amazon children are taught to concentrate on their studies by kneeling before their books at rigid attention. They are permitted to move only one hand to turn a page.

Wonder Woman vol. 2 #170 (She's a Wonder)[edit]

By Joe Kelly, Phil Jimenez
  • If it means interfering in an ensconced, outdated system, to help just one woman, man or child…I’m willing to accept the consequences.
  • If the prospect of living in a world where trying to respect the basic rights of those around you and valuing each other simply because we exist are such daunting, impossible tasks that only a superhero born of royalty can address them,then what sort of world are we left with? And what sort of world do you want to live in?"

Wonder Woman (TV series)[edit]

  • Wonder Woman, Wonder Woman.
All the world's waiting for you,
and the power you possess.
In your satin tights,
Fighting for your rights
And the old Red, White and Blue.
Wonder Woman, Wonder Woman.
Now the world is ready for you,
and the wonders you can do.
Make a hawk a dove,
Stop a war with love,
Make a liar tell the truth.
Wonder Woman,
Get us out from under, Wonder Woman.
All our hopes are pinned on you.
And the magic that you do.
Stop a bullet cold,
Make the Axis fold,
Change their minds,
and change the world.
Wonder Woman, Wonder Woman.
You're a wonder, Wonder Woman.

Unsourced[edit]

Written by William Moulton Marston
Wonder Woman: Bullets never solved a human problem yet! [1]

Quotes about Wonder Woman[edit]

  • She does not believe that Wonder Woman tends to masochism or sadism. Furthermore, she believes that even if it did-you can teach either perversion to children-one can only bring out what is inherent in the child. However she did make the reservation that if the woman slaves wore chains (and enjoyed them) for no purpose whatsoever, there would be no point in chaining them.
  • Personally I woud find an out-and-out striptease less unwholesome than this kind of symbolism.
    • Josetta Frank membr of Child Study Associatio of America and initial Wonder Woman advisory board, as quoted in Wonder Woman: Bondage and Feminism in the Marston/Peter comics, 1941-1948 p. 18 by Noah Berlatsky.
  • Who needs consciousness-raising and equal pay, when you’re an Amazon with an invisible plane?
    • Jill Lepore [2]
  • Wonder Woman and her sister Amazons have to wear heavy bracelets to remind them of what happens to a girl when she lets a man conquer her. The Amazons once surrendered to the charm of some handsom Greeks and what a mess they got themselves into. The Greeks put them in chains of the Hitler type, beat them, and made them work like horses in the fields. Aphrodite, goddess of love, finally freed these unhappy girls. But she laid down the rule that they must never surrender to a man for any reason. I know of no better advice to give modern women than this rule that Aphrodite gave the Amazon girls.
  • A male hero, at best, lacks the qualities of maternal love and tenderness which are as essential to a normal child as the breath of life. Suppose your child's ideal becomes a superman who uses his extraordinary power to help the weak. The most important ingredient in the human happiness recipe still is missing-love. It's smart to be strong. It's big to be generous. But it's sissified according to exclusively masculine rules, to be tender, loving affectionate, and alluring. "Aw, that;'s girls stuff!" snorts our young comics reader. "Who wants to be a girl?" And that's the point. Not even girls want to be girls so long as our feminine archetype lacks force, strength, and power. Not wanting to be girls, they don't want to be tender, submissive, peace-loving as good women are. Women's strong qualities have become despised because of their weakness. The obvious remedy is to create a feminine character with all the strength of Superman plus all the allure of a good and beautiful woman.
  • Oh yes, but not until women control men. Wonder Woman – and the trend toward male acceptance of female love power, which she represents, indicates that the first psychological step has actually been taken. Boys, young and old, satisfy their wish thoughts by reading comics. If they go crazy over Wonder Woman, it means they’re longing for a beautiful, exciting girl who is stronger than they are. These simple, highly imaginative picture stories satisfy longings that ordinary daily life thwarts and denies. Superman and the army of male comics characters who resemble him satisfy the simple desire to be stronger and more powerful than anybody else. Wonder Woman satisfies the subconscious, elaboratedly disguised desire of males to be mastered by a woman who loves them.
    • William Moulton Marston As quoted in Olive Richard Bryne's, "Our Women Are Our Future" Family Circle, August 14th, 1942.
  • This my dear friend is the one truly great contribution of my Wonder Woman strip to moral education of the young. The only hope for peace is to teach people who are full of pep and unbound force to enjoy being bound--enjoy submission to kind authority, wise authority, not merely tolerate such submission. Wars will only cease when humans enjoy being bound.
  • Wonder Woman was from the start a character founded in scholarship.
  • Frankly, Wonder Woman is psychological propaganda for the new type of woman who, I believe, should rule the world.
    • William Moulton Marston The Secret History of Wonder Woman, The Secret History of Wonder Woman (2014) by Jill Lepore
  • Normal men retain their childish longing for a woman to mother them. At adolescence a new desire is added. They wanta girl to allure them. When you put these two together, you have the typical male yearning Wonder Woman satisfies.
    • William Moulton Marston as quoted in Men of Tomorrow: Geeks, Gangsters, and the Birth of the Comic Book by Gerard Jones
  • Men, (Greeks) were captured by predatory love-seeking females until they got sick of it and made the women captive by force. But they were afraid of them (masculine inferiority complex) and kept them heavily chained lest the women put one over as they always had before. The Goddess of Love comes along and helps women break their chains by giving them the greater force of real altruism. Were upon men turned about face and actually helped the women get away from domestic slavery - as men are doing now. The New Women thus freed and strengthened by supporting themselves (on paradise Island) developed enormous physical and mental power. But they have to use it for other people’s benefit or they go back to chains, and weakness.
    • William Moulton Marston [5]
  • When Wonder Woman creator William Moulton Marston died in 1947, they got rid of the pervy elements, and instantly sales pummeted. Wonder Woman should be the most sexually attractive, intelligent, potent woman you can imagine. Instead she became this weird cross between the Virgin Mary and Mary Tyler Moore that didn't even appeals to girls.
    • Grant Morrison [7]
  • Developed as a frank appeal to male fantasies of sexual domination.
    • Richard Reynolds as quoted as quoted in Wonder Woman: Bondage and Feminism in the Marston/Peter comics, 1941-1948 p. 19
  • Some heroes get tied up more than others.
  • Throughout the [Marston] period...she accomplished her remarkable feats without any apparent definition in her biceps or thighs. Her calf muscles, highlighted by the red boots, are developed only to-but not beyond-the point required for "nice legs" in the pinup sense.
    • Lilian Robinson Wonder Women: Feminisms and Superhero's p.62 as quoted in Wonder Woman: Bondage and Feminism in the Marston/Peter comics, 1941-1948 p. 208 by Noah Berlatsky.
  • If you need to stop an asteroid, you call Superman. If you need to solve a mystery, you call Batman. But if you need to end a war, you call Wonder Woman."
  • [Wonder Woman's] creator has...seen straight into my heart and understood the secret fears of violence hidden there. No longer did I have to pretend to like the "pow!" and "Crunch" style of Captain MArvel or the Green Hornet. No longer did I have nightmares after reading ghoulish comics filled with torture and mayhem, comics made all the more terrifying by their real-life setting in World War II....Here was a heroic person who might conquer with force, but only a force that was tempered by love and justice.
    • Gloria Steinem Introduction to Wonder Woman 1972, as quoted in Wonder Woman: Bondage and Feminism in the Marston/Peter comics, 1941-1948 p. 94 by Noah Berlatsky
  • The homosexual connotation of the Wwnder Woman type of story is psychologically unmistakable. The Psychiatric Quarterly deplored in an editorial the "appearance of an eminent child therapist as the implied endorser of a series...which potrays extremely sadistic hatred of males in a framework which is plainly Lesbian."
For boys Wonder Woman is a freightening image. For girls she is a morbid ideal. Where Batman is anti-feminine, the attractive Wonder Woman and her counterparts are definitely anti-masculine. Wonder Woman has her own female following. They are all continuously being threatened, captured, almost put to death. Her followers are the "Holiday girls", i.e. the holiday girls, the gay party girls, the gay girls. Wonder WOman refers to them as "my girls".
  • The idea was always that she's awesome, she's fabulous, she's strong, she's beautiful, she's well-intentioned, she thinks she's a great big hero, and it's Steve Trevor's job to go, "You don't understand human weakness, therefore you are not a hero, and you never will be until you're as helpless as we are. Fight through that, and then I'll be impressed. Until then, I'm just going to give you shit in a romantic-comedy kind of way."
There was talk about what city she was in and stuff, but by the end, she had never actually set foot in America. Wonder Woman isn't Spider-Man or Batman. She doesn't have a town, she has a world. That was more interesting to me than a kind of contained, rote superhero franchise. I think ultimately the best way I can describe the kind of movie I was wanting to make—it was a fun adventure, not gritty, or insanely political, or anything like that. There was meat to the idea of, "Well, why aren't you guys better? What's up with that?" Her lack of understanding of how this world has come to this pass.
My favorite thing was the bracelets. I mean, the bracelets are cool, but how do I make that work? In the original comic book, they needed them because they fire guns on Paradise Island. I don't think I'm going there. So, I thought about it for a while, and I realized, "Oh, right, this is how this works." So in my version, she left Paradise Island with Steve, who was a world-relief guy bringing medical supplies to refugees, which is why he was so desperate to get off the island. She goes with him, and the moment she sets foot on land outside of Paradise Island, somebody shoots her in the chest. And it hurts. [Laughs.] She's just so appalled. And obviously, she heals within a few hours. She pulls the bullet out herself, and kind of looks at it like, "What the hell is this?" She heals, but she's appalled and humiliated, and the next time someone shoots at her, she puts her bracelet in the way because she's terrified of getting shot. It's just a reflexive thing. She has these bands that they all wear, just a piece of armor, and she puts it up. And then she gets good at it. By the end, it's kind of her thing, but it's because she got shot one time and didn't think that it was awesome. I think that is probably not the feeling the producers wanted to have. Though honestly, that could have been their favorite thing. I don't know, because when I asked Joel Silver, point blank, "Well, if they don't want what I'm doing, what do they want?" he said, "They don't know."
  • Joss Whedon [8]
  • There was a lot in these stories to suggest that Wonder Woman was not so much a pitch to ambitious girls as an object for male sexual fantasies and fetishes.
    • Bradford Wright as quoted as quoted in Wonder Woman: Bondage and Feminism in the Marston/Peter comics, 1941-1948 p. 19

External links[edit]

Wikipedia
Wikipedia has an article about:
  1. The Secret History of Wonder Woman (2014) by Jill Lepore, p. 264.
  2. http://lithub.com/the-queer-literary-origins-of-wonder-woman/