Wonder Woman Unbound Preview #2: Utopian Origins


Every Monday until Wonder Woman Unbound: The Curious History of the World’s Most Famous Heroine comes out this April, we’re taking a look at a comic panel that captures a key moment in Wonder Woman’s history and highlights an important point from each chapter.

Last week we saw a brutal Superman threatening to kill a bad guy.  This week, we see an alternative approach to superheroics with this panel from the very first appearance of Wonder Woman in All-Star Comics #8 in December 1941:


While the origins of male superheroes featured destroyed planets, dead parents, and a whole host of anger and abandonment issues, Wonder Woman came from a feminist utopia.  The Amazons were an advanced race who lived on a peaceful island that provided them with everything they could possibly need, and their utopian existence made them all as strong and as capable as superheroes.  Paradise Island illustrated William Moulton Marston’s belief that a matriarchal society would be far superior to patriarchy.

Wonder Woman was the product of this feminist paradise, and its values led her to a new approach to crimefighting that made her markedly different from her superhero peers.  She traded anger and aggression for love and compassion, modeling the feminist ideals of her home to improve the outside world.

To read more, you’ll have to wait until Wonder Woman Unbound comes out this April!  But there are still lots of sneak peeks to come, and next week we’ll look at a couple of damsels in distress.

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