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Wonder Woman (1942)

Wonder Woman (1942-1986) #1

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Learn the secret origin of Wonder Woman--how she was created and how she became the Amazon's champion in Man's World! Includes four stories starring the Amazon Princess, written by Wonder Woman creator William Moulton Marston.


"The Origin of Wonder Woman"
"Wonder Woman Goes to the Circus"
"The Master Plan of Paula Von Gunther"
"The Greatest Feat of Daring In Human History"

57 pages, Paperback

First published May 31, 1942

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William Moulton Marston

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Dr. William Moulton Marston (May 9, 1893 – May 2, 1947), also known by the pen names Charles Moulton and William Marston, was an American psychologist, feminist theorist, inventor, and comic book writer who created the character Wonder Woman. Two women, his wife Elizabeth Holloway Marston and Olive Byrne (who lived with the couple in a polyamorous relationship), served as exemplars for the character and greatly influenced her creation.

He was inducted into the Comic Book Hall of Fame in 2006.

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Profile Image for Jennie Meetze.
10 reviews1 follower
January 14, 2021
Sexist and racist, 1942 at its finest, but the graphics were awesome and full of adventure. Cheesy at best, but this is a long serie and I wanted to start with the beginning. One down a million more to go!
1,472 reviews30 followers
December 13, 2020
Features a special message from Henry Morgenthau Jr., Secretary of the Treasury! (Why on Earth did they think that would hook the 'boys and girls of America'?)

Interesting stories, though ooh do some parts really not hold up. Like all the Burmese bits. (Amazing how Japan managed to set up a secret underground elephant temple and a base right in the middle of Mexico.)

Also holy hell that porter and... "Pancho".

The Florence Nightingale biopic was unexpected but not bad.

Wonder Woman being unable to thwart enemies because Diana Prince had to take dictation really encapsulated something.

And it is impossible not to read a BDSM subtext into all the talk of slaves and dominance and submission nowadays; Wonder Woman constantly being handcuffed, shackled, "bound hand and foot". Very Fifty Shades.

Superman's Secret Message, for those playing along, is: GWCZ NQZAB TQVM WN LMNMVAM QA BPM TQVM IB BPM EQVLWE AMTTQVO ABIUXA IVL JWVLA!
Profile Image for matina.reads.
71 reviews8 followers
July 23, 2020
DNF 30%
It had a great beginning but after 20 pages it just went downhill for me.
Profile Image for Nafi Riddle.
27 reviews
May 21, 2022
Imagine dating a woman that you know for a day who drugged you, tried to kill your sister and a national hero.Damn he thirsty.
Profile Image for Laurie.
404 reviews19 followers
December 21, 2017

Okay so I read this on a whim and it was much better than I was expecting. It was full of action and adventure. It reminded me of the very old Archie comics I used to find in antique shops and book sales because of the way it was styled and told. Wonder Woman's adventure reminded me very much of the T.V. show with Linda Carter and it was cool to see the connection between the show, the comic, and the block-buster film. I like dhow the Amazons were a bit more tech-savvy. It was a lot more believable.
Profile Image for Emily.
243 reviews15 followers
April 14, 2016
I grew up knowing of Wonder Woman but never really getting into her as a superhero. Truth be told, I'm not a huge superhero fanatic but this semester I'm taking a course on comics and was asked to read a DC comic from the Golden Age and a companion issue of the same superhero published within the last 15 years. I thought I would give Wonder Woman a shot after I finished watching Jessica Jones on Netflix.

Profile Image for Baylee.
886 reviews129 followers
December 28, 2017
Puoi trovare questa recensione anche sul mio blog, La siepe di more

Devo ammettere che, se non fosse stato per la 2017 Read Harder Challenge, avrei avuto scarse probabilità di leggermi il primo fumetto su Wonder Woman e, con il senno del poi, non penso ne avrei sentito la mancanza.

Il fatto è che, sebbene possa essere esaltante vedere una supereroina intenta a salvare il mondo, non ho potuto fare a meno di rabbrividire di fronte al razzismo che contraddistingue la raffigurazione delle persone di colore. Okay, stiamo parlando di un fumetto del 1942, quando gli USA avevano dichiarato guerra al Giappone, ma ho letto altre opere sulla guerra e in queste al nemico, ancorché nemico, viene riconosciuta la dignità di essere umano.

Questo è il primo motivo per cui non riesco a definire questo fumetto femminista: il razzismo non ha niente a che fare con quello che per me è il femminismo e l’idea che solo le donne bianche debbano emanciparsi dal patriarcato è fuori da un mondo giusto.

La concezione stessa della donna bianca di William Moulton Marston, però, non mi è sembrata poi tanto femminista: all’interno di questo numero, c’è una storia a fumetti su Florence Nightingale, che è raffigurata come una specie di super-angelo del focolare, intento a salvare i soldati inglesi affidati alle sue cure amorevoli, senza curarsi di chi lo accusava di viziarli. È un personaggio che trasmette l’idea di una che ha la verità in tasca e che pretende che le altre persone seguano le sue direttive senza discutere: molto poco emancipatorio e ancor meno femminista.

Suppongo che con il tempo il personaggio di Wonder Woman sia cambiato e si sia evoluto: se siete più espert* di me sulla questione, sarò felice di saperne di più, scrivetemi nei commenti!
Profile Image for B. P. Rinehart.
747 reviews254 followers
July 24, 2016
Well...gonna make this one short.

Pros: Harry Peter's artwork and the first story retelling Wonder Woman's origin.

Cons: The other three stories. Even if we excuse the fact that it is a first time writer and co., still a little much 1940s in this comic, I mean all the crazy "-isms" come into play here--I mean damn! Just read All-Star Comics (1940-) #8 and Sensation Comics #1 and call it a day.

Thank Athena for George Pérez and Wonder Woman, Vol. 1: Gods and Mortals being the foundation of modern Wonder Woman.
Profile Image for Rachel Friedland.
172 reviews
March 20, 2018
Very fun read. A bit less entertaining through a 2017 lens than a '42 one. There were some stereotypes which I wasn't too thrilled with, but this is still the best way to start reading Wonder Woman comics.
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110 reviews10 followers
September 22, 2014
I wish I could rank this higher, because I love Wonder Woman, but I have several issues with this first volume.
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293 reviews6 followers
April 1, 2017
I love wonder woman but this comic definitely reflects the attitude of the world during the time it was written.
Profile Image for Jakob Sandevill.
12 reviews
September 12, 2017
Read around a half, not feeling it anymore, might return to it at some point, but, for now, it's a DNF. (As I read a big chunk of it I still count it as read.)
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