A Book Look: Kanigher’s Giant Birds

The Silver Age was a whacky, fantastical time.  The campy adventures brought about by the impressively strict Comics Code Authority in 1954 removed any lingering World War Two era grittiness from superhero comics.  Thus, Lois Lane often encountered new technologies that made her severely overweight or gave her the head of a cat, while BatmanContinue reading “A Book Look: Kanigher’s Giant Birds”

A Book Look: The Lost (And Found) Matriarchal Past

When Wonder Woman gave up her superpowers and became a normal human being in the late 1968, it did not go over particularly well.  Nowhere was this more true than in the burgeoning women’s liberation movement, who quickly adopted the Amazon Wonder Woman as a feminist icon and advocated for a return to her roots. Continue reading “A Book Look: The Lost (And Found) Matriarchal Past”

A Book Look: Tied Up In The Golden Lasso

Wonder Woman’s golden lasso is one of the character’s most iconic symbols, second probably only to her bullet-deflecting bracelets.  Crafted from the girdle of Hippolyte, the symbol of her ruling power (and, in the post-Crisis era, crafted from the girdle of Gaea), anyone ensnared in the lasso was compelled to tell the truth.  William MoultonContinue reading “A Book Look: Tied Up In The Golden Lasso”

A Book Look: Golden Age Heroics

Wonder Woman has always been different, even from the very start.  Yeah, she’s a woman in a pantheon of male superheroes, but there’s more than that.  There is an inherent optimism to Wonder Woman that is unmatched throughout comicdom.  Most of her well known colleagues are orphans with issues (Batman, Superman, Green Lantern, Spider-Man, etc),Continue reading “A Book Look: Golden Age Heroics”

A Book Look: Advertisement Addendum

Earlier this week we looked at the advertisements in the first issue from Wonder Woman’s mod era in 1968, when DC was apparently trying to reach more female readers.  Here is another example of the ads not quite matching the aim of the series. This ad for Iverson’s bicycles appeared in Wonder Woman #183, sixContinue reading “A Book Look: Advertisement Addendum”

A Book Look: Ads vs. Audience

I wrote a thesis about Wonder Woman, and have just finished adapting that thesis into a book (I took out all the boring, thesisy stuff, I promise).  Occasionally, I’ll post an interesting bit from the book, partly for shameless self-promotion, and partly because it’s just fun. So in 1968, DC completely revamped Wonder Woman.  SheContinue reading “A Book Look: Ads vs. Audience”