How many 75 year old women do you know can kick Batman's ass, who can outwit Black Panther and who can still fit into an impossibly bodacious bodice? That's right, #WonderWoman is celebrating her 75th birthday and judging by the year she's had, she's still got plenty of surprises up her sleeve. DC finally unveiled the trailer for the big-screen adaptation, announced her role in Justice League and they are celebrating her 75th anniversary with a huge comic release this week.
Check out the trailer for Wonder Woman below:
In honor of one of the longest running superheroes, we've decided to take a trip down memory lane and look back at some of her finest comic book moments
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1. The First Ever Issue
- Release date: January 1942
- Written by: William and Elisabeth Marston
- Art by: H.G Peter
William Moulton Marston created Wonder Woman with his wife, Elisabeth, to fill the void of a positive role model for young girls. The Marstons wanted to create a strong and noble Lady of Justice that girls could look up to the same way boys looked up to Superman:
"Not even girls want to be girls so long as our feminine archetype lacks force, strength, and power[..] Women's strong qualities have become despised because of their weakness. The obvious remedy is to create a feminine character with all the strength of Superman."
Before she started kicking Nazi and gangster ass as Wonder Woman, Diana was the princess of Paradise Island in the land of the Amazons. This feminist kingdom is ruled exclusively by female demi-Gods. She is permitted to enter the "Man's world" to return a stranded fighter pilot to America. She sees 1940s America in such disarray that she takes it upon herself to spread her gospel of peace and understanding around the war-torn world.
2. The Circle
- Release date: January - April 2008
- Written by: Gail Simone
- Art by: Terry Dodson & Bernard Chang
Revisiting her origin story, writer Gail Simone reveals that there's trouble in Paradise (island) as some of the elder Amazons are concerned by the birth of Diana. She struggles with the difficult faction of Amazons and the hyper intelligent gorilla warriors of the rain forest who are threatened by the industrial invasion of humans.
As if her plate weren't full enough, Diana also has to fight a renegade band of neo-Nazis in her secret identity without her powers. "The Circle" proved that Diana had the brains to outwit them all without relying on her super strength.
3. The Spirit Of Truth
- Release date: November 1st, 2001
- Written by: Paul Dini
- Art by: Alex Ross
Arguably one of the most stunning representations of the Amazon powerhouse, Alex Ross' hand painted comic is a veritable work of art. Wonder Woman is thrown into the political turmoil of the world yet again but this time she must face global terrorism and systemic misogyny. "The Spirit of Truth" tackled deeper, more philosophical issues such as women's place in the world, the ethics of terrorism and the struggle for peace.
4. The Hiketeia
- Release date: 2002
- Written by: Greg Rucka
- Art by: J.G Jones
The Dark Knight of Gotham city is in hot pursuit of a dangerous criminal but little does he know this criminal is educated in the Ancient customs and summons Wonder Woman to protect her under the Pledge of protection.
Batman bites off more than he can chew as he struggles to get past the Amazon warrior. "The Hiketeia" is easily one of the darkest and most entertaining showdowns in comic book history as we see Wonder Woman's good intentions called into question for the first time.
5. Eyes Of The Gorgon
- Release date: December 2005
- Written By: Greg Rucka, William Moulton Marston
- Art by: Drew Johnson, J.G Jones
In this installment, Paradise Island shifts closer to the U.S coastlines, creating new political tensions that plummet the Amazon haven into a civil war that threatens to tear it apart. Diana is caught between two sides and must also battle the Gorgons, whose leader, Medusa, pushes Wonder Woman to the limits of her powers.
What's your favorite Wonder Woman comic?
(Source: "A Psychologist and A Superhero", Tartakovsky, Margarita)