Posts tagged: Wonder Woman
wonder woman for sketch_dailies. couldn’t resist drawing my wondy <3
I am thinking about the generational shift in characters.
For a long, long time, when you mentioned Batman, I am told, the average person’s mind went directly to the campy (but fun) 60’s tv show. That was Batman to the non-comics-reading public.
At this point, I think a huge percentage of the…
In a post yesterday about Grant Morrison’s comments on his Wonder Woman Earth One project, I noted he seemed to have stopped discussing her sex life.
Whoops! Spoke too soon. Today in Entertainment Weekly he once again delves down into the character’s sex life (or lack there of). It contains a lot of what he’s said in the past about Marston and S&M and asserting that’s why the comics were so popular. Oh, why should I recap when you can read it yourself.
This week Comics Editor Carol watches The Testament of Dr. Mabuse and thinks about Fredric Wertham and William Moulton Marston.
I had a strange flash of insight while watching The Testament of Dr. Mabuse (1933). I had intended to use the film with my article about comics’ new crime wave, but I was haunted by resonances, so many that once I started writing I had almost two articles worth of material. So his month I offer a strange mix of mad scientists imagined and real—a fictional psychoanalyst and real mental health professionals seeking to perfect or protect society: Dr. Mabuse on one side, Dr. William Moulton Marston on the other and Dr. Fredric Wertham right in the middle. All with manifestos they believe will change–or destroy–the world.
JLA Twister Drawn By Mike Allred
Wonder Woman puts the kick in New Year’s Eve!
The birth of Wonder Woman, as depicted by Gail Simone in The Circle. So beautiful.
I think if you look at these pages, it presents the Diana birth myth in a way that is actually about maternity, with all its messy, bloody meaning, despite the fact that Diana didn’t come out of Hippolyta’s birth canal. Being a mom is scary and momentous, and there is danger and joy and risk and terror and pain and a rush of emotion that is almost palpable, no matter how the process goes.
I think the talk of blood, and the pages being colored like this, was a subtle but massive change to the Diana myth, and made it infinitely more maternal and even a little scary. I know some people at DC were disturbed (but supportive).
It’s the one thing I wish they’d kept. The original story is great, but was very clearly (I felt) hampered by what they could get away with, content wise. This made it female and frightening without throwing the actual history in the dustbin.
I look at those pages, Hippolyta in the sand, her blood all over the baby in the red glow of the Hunter’s moon, and I really think that that should be the birth image of Diana forever. It’s moving and a little disconcerting, and a lot less sanitized.