Wonder Woman is one of the most iconic superheroes of all time. But did you know that she got her start as a comic strip?
The Birth of Wonder Woman
In 1941, a man named William Moulton Marston created Wonder Woman for DC Comics. He wanted to create a female superhero who was just as strong and capable as her male counterparts, but who also embodied feminine qualities like compassion and love.
The Early Years
Wonder Woman made her debut in All Star Comics #8 in December 1941. She then got her own comic book series, which ran from 1942 to 1986. During this time, she also appeared in various other comics and media, including television shows and movies.
The Comic Strip Years
In addition to her comic book adventures, Wonder Woman also had her own newspaper strip from 1944 to 1945. The strip was written and drawn by the same team behind the comic book series: William Moulton Marston (writing under the pseudonym Charles Moulton) and artist Harry G. Peter.
The newspaper strip followed the same basic storyline as the comic book series. Wonder Woman was Diana Prince, an Amazon princess who came to America to fight for justice and defend democracy during World War II. She had superhuman strength, speed, agility, and endurance, as well as a variety of special weapons like her Lasso of Truth.
- One notable difference between the newspaper strip and the comic book series was its format. The newspaper strip was published in black-and-white daily installments rather than full-color monthly issues.
- Another difference was that some of Wonder Woman’s more fantastical elements were toned down for the newspaper audience.
While Wonder Woman is most famous for her comic book adventures, her stint as a newspaper strip character is an important part of her history. It’s interesting to see how the character was adapted for a different medium, and how she continued to capture the hearts and imaginations of readers across multiple forms of media.