Episode 165: Wonder Woman, Part Two

Posted 10 November 2020 by

Parents may want to preview this before kids listen as we continue to step back from reality (sorta) to talk about the many lives of Wonder Woman. When we left our heroine, she had just been launched into the comic book world in 1942. This episode covers her many adventures, her multiple worlds, the time she was stripped of her powers, and the women who brought them back.

Wonder Woman’s very first appearance in 1941 via wikicommons

Over the last 78 years, Wonder Woman has woven a lasso of support between suffragists, women working during WWII, little girls with big dreams, second-wave feminists, and the LGBTQ community. She is a superhero of the highest order.

Cover of first (stand alone) issue Ms. magazine 1972

 

Looks comfy, right? This one is from 1991 and is selling for 60 bucks on Ebay. (Click to seller, not sponsored, just seemed fair.)

 

 

Kathy Lee Crosby may have been miscast in the movie. Probably was.

 

Rad Wonder Woman, 1978

 

Latest two issues from different writers: #758, Steve Orlando; #759, first issue by Mariko Tamaki:

 

Coming soon to some type of screen near you, 2020 (maybe)

 

Time Travel with The History Chicks

Just because we know you’re going to start tumbling down Rabbit Holes, we thought you would like to start with this amuse-bouche:

 

BOOKS!

 

 

By Jill Lapore- most biographical of  the Marston-Byrne clan

 

By Tim Hanley- most detailed analysis of the character

 

By Noah Berlatsky…pretty much what the title says it is!

Edited by William Irwin and Jacob M. Held

 

By Landry Q. Walker, most visual breakdown of Wonder Woman, her friends, foes, and her timelines. (plural, it’s complicated.)

 

Graphic novel, Grant Morrison, Nathan Fairbairn Yanick Paquette (Not mentioned in the episode, but worth a read)

Technically a book: Beckett’s podcast recommendation of CraftLit read HerLand by Charlotte Perkins Gilman

By Charlotte Perkins Gilman, if you prefer to eyeball read it.

WEB!

Wonder Woman of History gave us such delight, here’s a link to all of the originals, AND (be still our hearts) DC is continuing the tradition with modern women with Wonder Woman of History pre-order links from DC . (NOTE: This book has been delayed AND the name has been changed, read all about that HERE.)

Olive’s article in The Family Circle magazine written after her long trek to Dr. Marston’s home (sarcasm font) can be read on ComicDetective.

Comic Book history and Norman Rockwell Museum

A look into the confusion of Sapphos and Lesbos from the New Yorker and another from author Lori Lake.

Pete Marston’s Wonder Women Network website.

There are A LOT of websites, this LINK to Peter Marston’s site will get you to a list of some of them, have fun.

The Comics Code that took down a lot of the flavor of the industry, and some visual changes to comics that still were being written (although many closed down.)

 

MOVING PICTURES!

The documentary that Beckett talked about, Wonder Women! The Untold Story of American Superheroines isn’t available on anything we can link you to, but she found it on Kanopy (an app that works through your library) and The Mary Sue did a review of it HERE.

The optical illusion Beckett talked about:

 

Documentary- Secret Origin: The Story of DC Comics (Narrated by Ryan Reynolds)

 

And finally, a deep fake mashup to say good-bye, for now, to Diana Prince.

 

Break music courtesy of James Harper of Harper Active; End music Fantasy, by The Old Recruits, used with permission from ilicenseMusic