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Darowski, Joseph J., ed. The Ages of Wonder Woman: Essays on the amazon princess in changing times. Jefferson, London: McFarland, 2013. 
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Resource type: Book
Language: en: English
ID no. (ISBN etc.): 978-0-7864-7122-5
BibTeX citation key: Darowski2013
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Keywords: "Wonder Woman", Collection of essays, Superhero, USA
Creators: Darowski
Publisher: McFarland (Jefferson, London)
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Created in 1941 by the psychologist William Marston, Wonder Woman would go on to have one of the longest continuous run of published comic book adventures in the history of the industry. More than 70 years after her debut, Wonder Woman remains a popular culture icon. Throughout the intervening years many comic book creators have had a hand in guiding her story, resulting in different interpretations of the Amazon Princess. But the changes in tone, theme or subject matter in Wonder Woman’s fictional adventures are the result not only of new creators. Wars, the feminist movement, politics and evolving social opinions and concerns can be seen influencing the stories found in Wonder Woman’s comic books.
In this collection of new essays, each examines a specific period or storyline from Wonder Woman comic books and analyzes that story in regard to contemporary issues in American society. Tracing the evolution of Wonder Woman through seven decades of comic books not only increases understanding of an important American icon but illuminates the relationship between American society and the entertainment it produces and consumes.

Table of Contents

Introduction (1)

Michelle R. Finn: William Marston’s Feminist Agenda (7)
Donna B. Knaff: A Most Thrilling Struggle: Wonder Woman as Wartime and Post-War Feminist (22)
Craig This: Containing Wonder Woman: Fredric Wertham’s Battle Against the Mighty Amazon (30)
Lori Maguire: Wonder Woman Comic Books and Military Technology After Sputnik (42)
Joan Ormrod: Cold War Fantasies: Testing the Limits of the Familial Body (52)
Francinne Valcour: Retiring Romance: The Superheroine’s Transformation in the 1960s (66)
Jason LaTouche: What a Woman Wonders: This Is Feminism? (79)
Paul R. Kohl: Wonder Woman’s Lib: Feminism and the “New” Amazing Amazon (90)
Peter W. Lee: Not Quite Mod: The New Diana Prince, 1968–1973 (101)
W. C. Bamberger: The Near-Awakening of Diana Prince (117)
Joseph J. Darowski: “I No Longer Deserve to Belong”: The Justice League, Wonder Woman and The Twelve Labors (126)
Ruth McClelland-Nugent: “Steve Trevor, Equal?” Wonder Woman in an Era of Second Wave Feminist Critique (136)
Matthew J. Smith: Working Girl: Diana Prince and the Crisis of Career Moves (151)
D. R. Hammontree: Backlash and Bracelets: The Patriarch’s World, 1986–1992 (163)
Nicole Freim: The Dark Amazon Saga: Diana Meets the Iron Age (174)
Jeffrey K. Johnson: Super-Wonder: The Man of Steel and the Amazonian Princess as the Ultimate 1990s Power Couple (184)
Fernando Gabriel Pagnoni Berns: War, Foreign Policy and the Media: The Rucka Years (194)
Alison Mandaville: Out of the Refrigerator: Gail Simone’s Wonder Woman, 2008–2010 (205)
John Darowski and Virginia Rush: Greek, Roman or American? Wonder Woman’s Roots in DC’s New 52 (223)

About the Contributors (233)
Index (237)

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