This does admittedly bring up an interesting point - is the background of WW’s creation problematic? Personally, I would disagree. Sure, we like to make of the bondage and stuff, but a lot of what Marsten was trying to do was ahead of the time. There is validity in that it was still from a male’s perspective, but I still think a lot of the messages and themes have actually aged well
Personally id say not. Particularly since its not like I see anyone going back to Batmans origin and having him start out with a gun, or going back to Supermans origin and have him roughing up a wife beater.
This is more someone making a statement to get attention. Particularly since it focuses only on the origin and not other stories of that era such as Wonder Woman trying to combat the glass ceiling at is pushback by men in charge to keep women from getting equal pay or higher positions in what they want to keep as a boys club. Issues from the 1940s which are still issues today.
So when he says a specific agenda, I take this more to mean he has no interest in exploring the feminist angle and is using the interests Marston also had to try and disguise that.
Cause hes certainly never voiced an issue writing Superman whose golden age personality spanked women and threatened to murder greedy politicians.
If there was a Wonder Woman cartoon, it would be a good cinematic choice to use that ‘soul meld’ ability of the magic lasso to interpret the ‘truth’ power it has.
It would allow them to pretty seamlessly use visual storytelling to reveal everything about a villain without us having it spelled out to us
Like, imagine us getting right into the action with a villain such as Minister Blizzard and not finding out his goals or motives until he is caught in the lasso and we are treated to a show as to his true nature and ambitions.
I actually do agree with King when he talks about how Wonder Woman is often someone who doesn’t align with the system despite being a superhero. There is a lot of truth in that and she is often trying to change and improve the world at large. I also agree that Batman is really just someone who, despite being against corruption, still supports a system that still has a lot of faults built into it. Regarding Superman…a bit more mixed. While his description of him was probably true at one point, I don’t feel like it really applies in recent years
Well, I’m intrigued. Sounds like he is putting a lot of thought into his writing.
It also speaks to Diana coming from a totally different society than Superman or Batman and not being invested in keeping things the way they are.
This piece of info I’m once again mixed about. While I would like to see a new WW villain introduced that actually has staying power…we already have a WW villain that seemingly fits this description - Veronica Cale
Hmm…I think I would sooner say that Cale is Diana’s Lex Luthor. You know – unscrupulous business mogul and all that.
At first I was going to say Genocide, but she’s more of Diana’s Doomsday.
I think if I was going to say an WW villain she already has was her Joker, I might sooner say Doctor Psycho, because there is such a direct dichonamy between the two (Batman and Joker is order/chaos, Diana and Psycho being equality/misogny).
But either way, I don’t mind King trying to add some new villains to Diana’s repertoire. I mean, these heroes can’t just fight the same villains over and over again, and it’s good to add something new. Best case scenario, it’s a billiant new villain and one we’ll want to see more of in the future. Worst case, the new villain just kind of flops, but with them out in the either, maybe someday a new creative will dust them off and grant some new life to them. A good example I can think of for this is Hush – he was a big villain in his introductory story that didn’t really go anywhere after he came in, but then a few years later Paul Dini came in, added some new details and ideas for him, and he became a big throne in the side of the Bat-Family for a little while.
Oh, and here’s something cool I found – a neat WW fan-art by Hiroyuki Imaishi, who from what I’m seeing is a key designer and animator for Studio Trigger, who’s made a lot of acclaimed anime, from Kill La Kill and Cyberpunk: Edgerunners.
Lee Bermejo recently shared some photos on his Instagram about a “secret project” that he did in 2020. Not entirely sure what it is – some people have suggested The Batman or the original Batfleck movie, but the timeline doesn’t add up – but there was an excellent looking Wonder Woman in there. Wish Bermejo drew more Diana, but then I’m excited to see him draw literally anything.
I’ve got a question. What’s the best Wonder Tot comic I should read?
Never read anything with Wonder Tot, I’m no help.
Finally, someone is asking the real questions around here!
My favorite is issue 124- which is the beginning of the impossible tales where Wonder Woman has adventures with her younger selves. Absolutely essential reading, in my opinion.
Wonder Woman 138 also has her first adventure with Mr. Genie, which I believe you might have read, but if you haven’t it is a great story.
She doesn’t have too many appearances (unfortunately). Here is a list of them:
She is a favorite for me. The Silver Age was such silly fun. I find it amusing and relaxing to read.
This too. FINALLY!
Is there a separate topic thread for the new WW issues?
Just finished reading the first issue of the new series. They do introduce a new villain.
However! Would we prefer a shiny new one, everybody? Let us know.
We’ll have a thread for this too, btw.
I’ll be waiting for a year to give this new villain an article, so I have something to actually work with and say. Im curious to see if he leaves an impact.