Wonder Woman Chronicles Volume 3 TP Paperback – 13 Dec 2012
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A noted psychologist who perfected the testing system for the lie detector, William Moulton Marston was hired in 1941 as an advisor to All American Comics publisher M.C. Gaines. In December 1941, Wonder Woman's first adventure appeared in ALL STAR COMICS #8, written by Marston under the pen name Charles Moulton. An early feminist, Marston believed that woman's rightful place was as world leader, not servant or helpmate. Marston wrote nearly all the Wonder Woman comic book stories and the syndicated strip until his death in 1947.Much of the success of Wonder Woman can be attributed to the unique style of Harry G. Peter, whose stark and simple illustrations were unlike anything else seen during comics' early days. Born a generation earlier than most of his Golden Age colleagues, Peter was strongly influenced by the classic illustrators of the nineteenth century, and his technique reflected their elaborate line work. He drew nearly every story of the Amazing Amazon from the feature's debut until his death in 1958.
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Note: As is typical with literature from the era, there are uncomfortable racial and national stereotypes throughout the volume. Read when you are in a good place for dealing with that.
Most but not all of Wonder Woman's Adventures tie into the war, but William Moulston Marston manages to do it with aplumb as Wonder Woman's efforts lead her to have to battle Japanese scientists who have developed a formula to turn women against their men in hopes of starting a male-female civil war. She also has to uncover the secret of a talking lion to foil some spies. In addition, in the highlight of the book from the Comic Cavalcade story, Adolf Hitler decides Wonder Woman is too dangerous and declares her Wanted: Dead or Alive. Whlle many heroes hunted Nazis, it was certainly a special case for the Nazis to hunt down the heroine.
The full issues were generally good with each story building on each other. Issue 4 once again featured four interlinked stories, this time focusing on the reform of Paula, the former Wonder Woman archfoe who becomes a full fledged free Amazonian. Issue 5 only the first and last stories were interlinked as war time paper shortages began to limit issue lengths.
On the non-War front, Wonder Woman battled the Mole Men in Wonder Woman #4, and in Issue #5 she took on Dr. Psycho, a powerful mind controlling super villain which was actually one of the better golden age villains.
The book is extremely well written, but again something kids should be cautious about as Marston's own kinks and beliefs come into play as well as a dose of Greek religion.
of my favorites. i know WONDER WOMAN is famous, the best known female superheroine in the history of comics.
Can anyone really remember a WONDER WOMAN story? I can remember FLASH, GREEN LANTERN, FANTASTIC
FOUR, SPIDERMAN. ADAM STRANGE stories but no WONDER WOMAN stories. I think what made WONDER
WOMAN so famous was her costume---no other female has a better costume than her----personal opinion.
I bought this collection to see if the " Golden Age " WONDER WOMAN was any better than the WONDER WOMAN
i was familiar with---well she wasn't. I was disappointed, but maybe you won't be.