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IDW Publishes Collected Wonder Woman Newspaper Strips

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After almost 75 years of neglect, DC Entertainment’s Wonder Woman continues to have a good 2014. Following the announcement of Sensation Comics, a digital anthology series (with subsequent print edition) focusing on the iconic Amazon warrior, IDW Publishing and DC Entertainment announce that the character’s short-lived 1940s newspaper strip would be returning to print for the first time in seven decades.

The hardcover Wonder Woman: The Complete Newspaper Comics will collect the entire run of syndicated strip by William Moulton Marston and Harry G. Peters, the same creative team responsible for Wonder Woman’s original comic book stories.

From the publisher:

“Just a few years after Wonder Woman burst into comic books, the world’s most famous female superhero starred in her own daily newspaper strip written and drawn by the same creative team that produced the comic book: William Moulton Marston (writer) and Harry G. Peters (artist).

This beautiful 196-page hardcover book starts the story on Paradise Island where Amazonian women rule supreme and no men are allowed. Their way of life is about to change when Steve Trevor, a wounded American soldier, washes up on their shores. Soon, Princess Diana of the Amazons—rechristened Wonder Woman—is off to America, where the saga continues!”

Related: DC Announces ‘Sensation Comics’ Wonder Woman Digital Series

IGN Names Wonder Woman ‘BEST SERIES’ of the Year

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Every year IGN Entertainment gathers its panel of judges and sifts through hundreds of candidates for a winner – and this year was no exception.

The entire comics industry saw an upward sales momentum in 2013, thanks to Marvel NOW, DC’s New 52, and a variety of great books from publishers like Image, Dark Horse, IDW, and Valiant.  But it was a great year for independent comics as well. Image stood out this year with instant classics like Lazarus, Black Science, and Velvet. Couple those books with a healthy slate of graphic novels (The Fifth Beatle, Battling Boy, etc.) and there was plenty to choose from in this year’s category.

Yet despite the competition, Wonder Woman stood out as one of the best of DC’s books.  Its selling point, simply refusing to do things other mainstream comics do. It didn’t crossover, it never changed course and Wonder Woman’s characterization wasn’t altered to fit the more boisterous version in Justice League. According to IGN, “The magnificent team of writer Brian Azzarello and artists Cliff Chiang, Matthew Wilson, Tony Akins, and Goran Sudzuka were allowed to stick to their guns, and it paid off. Wonder Woman’s “War” storyline was as epic as the gods it features. After an origin tale where we learn about Wonder Woman’s childhood training by Ares, the God of War, she went on a harrowing quest to stop the deadly First Born. It had bone-crushing fight scenes that were gorgeously rendered, stone cold drama with flashes of warm humor, and one of the most poetic conclusions in recent memory.” With heart, humor, and hard knocks aplenty, all under the stigma as one of those females they always say can’t sell comic books.

IGN Entertainment is a leading online media and services company. A subsidiary of Ziff Davis Inc., IGN attracts the largest concentration of 18-34 year old men online, which means that 1 in 4 US men online visit IGN each month. Worldwide, their reach is over 40 million unique visitors.

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Smithsonian Names “Wonder Woman Comic” One of the 101 Objects that made America

This month, Smithsonian magazine tells the story of America using 101 objects drawn from the 19 museums and research centers of the Smithsonian Institution. Nestled among iconic objects such as the original Star Spangled Banner flag, the polio vaccine, the pill, and Benjamin Franklin’s notes and observations on electricity sits Wonder Woman.

The entry reads: 1941, Smithsonian Libraries 
A new-look superhero was conceived as a fighter of crime, fascism—and sexism.

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“Not even girls want to be girls so long as our feminine archetype lacks force, strength and power,” psychologist William Moulton Marston wrote in 1943. He had already modeled a new archetype on his wife and fellow psychologist, Elizabeth Holloway Marston, and Olive Byrne, a homemaker who lived with the Marstons in a relationship that included shared children. Wonder Woman, a magic-lasso-toting dispenser of justice, broke the superhero glass ceiling in All Star Comics in December 1941.

The Smithsonian has a vast Wonder Woman collection, particularly within the Golden Age of Comics. Letters between creator William Moulton Marston and his publisher, M.C. Gaines can be viewed along with notes for Wonder Woman issues; and an assortment of Marston’s articles.  Most can even been seen digitized, (provided you will fill out the proper paperwork).

Wonder Woman is a well-known, powerful symbol for female strength.  She is the archetypical strong woman, and an icon whose impact has resonated for nearly 75 years.

 Additional Resource: Women in Comics: Then & Now

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