Wednesday, August 8, 2012

August Challenge #8-Super Hero

For this challenge,  I am to tell who my favorite Super Hero is and why...Wonder Woman was an iconic "girly" super hero in the '40's and '50's comic books.  As I was doing some research on her I discovered she was created in 1941 when I would have just been one year old.  She was a real favorite of mine because there were not too many female hero role models around....and that  put her right up there with the early male Super Heroes!  As I began to enjoy the world of comic books, I sought out Wonder Woman when ever the new issues hit the stands!  I was in awe of the whole Amazon myth (is it a myth??? Hm-m-m-m!!) and loved her magical bracelets, lasso and oh...that invisible plane!!  She had it all!!

Comic book collecting and trading was big "business" when I was a kid...collecting in the "good to read" aspect..not collecting for the monetary value.  But I would not trade my Wonder Woman comics...they were too important to me; I wanted to keep them.  Boy, I wonder what happened to all those comics!  Today, I would like to have them not for the intrinsic, personal value....I would go for the money!!!

Wonder Woman
If you are interested in more data about Wonder is what Wikipedia has to say:

Wonder Woman is a fictional character, a DC Comics superheroine created by William Moulton Marston. She first appeared in All Star Comics #8 (December 1941). The Wonder Woman title has been published by DC Comics almost continuously except for a brief hiatus in 1986.[1]
Wonder Woman is a warrior princess of the Amazons (based on the Amazons of Greek mythology) and was created by Marston, an American, as a "distinctly feminist role model whose mission was to bring the Amazon ideals of love, peace, and sexual equality to a world torn by the hatred of men." [2] Known in her homeland as Diana of Themyscira, her powers include superhuman strength, flight (even though the original Wonder Woman did not have this ability), super-speed, super-stamina, and super-agility. She is highly proficient in hand-to-hand combat and in the art of tactical warfare. She also possesses animal-like cunning skills and a natural rapport with animals, which has been presented as an actual ability to communicate with the animal kingdom. She uses her Lasso of Truth, which forces those bound by it to tell the truth, a pair of indestructible bracelets, a tiara which serves as a projectile, and, in some stories, an invisible airplane.
Created during World War II, the character was initially depicted fighting the Axis military forces, as well as an assortment of super villains. In later decades, some writers maintained the World War II setting, with many of its themes and story arcs, while others updated the series to reflect the present day. Wonder Woman has also regularly appeared in comic books featuring the superhero teams Justice Society (from 1941) and Justice League (from 1960). Arguably the most popular and iconic female superhero in comics, Wonder Woman is also considered a feminist icon.[2] She was named the 20th greatest comic book character by Empire magazine.[3] She was ranked sixth in Comics Buyer's Guide's "100 Sexiest Women in Comics" list.[4]

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