Tim Hanley is a comic book historian and the author of Wonder Woman Unbound, Investigating Lois Lane, The Many Lives of Catwoman, and Betty and Veronica: The Leading Ladies of Riverdale. His newest book, Not All Supermen: Sexism, Toxic Masculinity, and the Complex History of Superheroes, is out in July 2022.
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.
“Lois Lane’s Feminist Revolution”
“Is Batgirl The Next Great Feminist Superhero?”
“Zombie Archie Kills the Comics Code for Good”
“Professor Marston and the Wonder Women”
Review – Wonder Woman: The Complete Newspaper Strip
Review – Wonder Woman: Earth One
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What are your thoughts on Wonder Woman as the UN ambassador for gender equality? This has been in the works for a year but it recently made the news on npr and the nytimes. Just wanted your input. Thanks!
I wrote a whole post about it today! https://thanley.wordpress.com/2016/10/21/wonder-woman-named-honorary-un-ambassador-for-the-empowerment-of-women-and-girls-on-her-75th-anniversary/ I think it’s great.
Question: I get your email newsletter whenever you post a new article (nice feature, by the way), and I see that you have not posted any WW comic book reviews for several months now. The only posts you seem to be doing are the Women and NB Creators updates. Do you plan on resuming actual comic book reviews?