First off, this is not an April Fool’s Day joke!
Second, my book is out today! It’s called Wonder Woman Unbound: The Curious History of the World’s Most Famous Heroine, and it traces Wonder Woman’s history from her creation in 1941 to the present day, focusing on her unusual journey to becoming a feminist icon. It’s been getting some very nice reviews, including profiles in Bust magazine and Salon.
Here’s what the book looks like:
And this is what Trina Robbins had to say about the book:
I’ve never seen more information about Wonder Woman than in Wonder Woman Unbound. Tim Hanley tells us everything we’ve never asked about Wonder Woman because it simply never occurred to us: from her mythic Golden Age origins through her dismal Silver Age years as a lovesick romance comic character, and worse yet, when she lost her costume and powers in the late 1960s. Our favorite Amazon’s saga becomes upbeat again with the 1970s advent of Gloria Steinem and Ms. magazine, and Lynda Carter’s unforgettable portrayal of her on television. And it’s all told with a dollop of humor!
If you want to know more about Wonder Woman Unbound, I’ve put up a series of previews showing panels from Wonder Woman comics that highlight key points of the book. I’ve also written a post for DC Women Kicking Ass that addresses several misconceptions about Wonder Woman and offers a few peeks at material from the book.
Wonder Woman Unbound is available from all major retailers (Amazon, Barnes and Noble, and also Chapters if you’re Canadian) in paperback and every ebook format. It’s not out in comic shops yet, but I’m anticipating that it will be available there in the next week or so.
I’m obviously a huge Wonder Woman fan, so it was a lot of fun to write this book and I’m so excited that it’s out now. Wonder Woman’s history has been largely forgotten, eclipsed by her iconic status and often simplified and sensationalized on the rare occasions it does come up. There is some crazy stuff in her past, to be sure, but there’s a lot more to this great character and I think that a fuller understanding of her past leads to an even better appreciation of Wonder Woman today. Her many incarnations are fascinating both in their similarities and contradictions, and I hope that you’ll enjoy reading about Wonder Woman’s history as much as I enjoyed writing about her.