Tim Hanley is a comic book historian and the author of Wonder Woman Unbound, Investigating Lois Lane, and The Many Lives of Catwoman. His newest book, Betty and Veronica: The Leading Ladies of Riverdale, will be released in Summer 2020.
Tim contributed the essay “Marston, Wertham, and the Psychological Potential of Comic Books,” co-written with Travis Langley, to Wonder Woman Psychology: Lassoing the Truth , and the essay “Archie Andrews’ Orwellian Adventure” to 1984 in the 21st Century: An Anthology of Essays. In 2018, he wrote the stats-based analysis “The Evolution of Female Readership: Letter Columns in Superhero Comics” in Gender and the Superhero Narrative and penned an introduction to Bedside Press’ collection of Sally the Sleuth comic strips and stories. He also appeared in the AMC television series Robert Kirkman’s Secret History of Comics as a featured interview subject in “The Truth about Wonder Woman.”
He has a Master’s degree in history from Dalhousie University, writing his honours thesis on DC Comics and the 1950s juvenile delinquency crisis and his Master’s thesis on Wonder Woman and feminism. He’s kind of a nerd, really.
In 2019, Tim co-wrote and produced the short film Welcome – Ahlan wa Sahlan, a queer fantasy romance about a Syrian refugee who moves to Nova Scotia and falls in love with a mermaid. It’s been screened the world over at festivals that include the FIN Atlantic International Film Festival, the Polish International Film Festival, and the Toronto Short Film Festival.