Wonder Woman: Amazon. Hero. Icon.

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Overview

Wonder Woman is a comprehensive look at the first and most important female super hero of DC Comics, from the Golden Age to the present day. Wonder Woman is the most popular female super hero of all time and a cultural icon. During her existence, she has served in the army, renounced her powers at the height of the feminist movement, and helped launch Gloria Steinem’s Ms. magazine. She has been—and continues to be—a trailblazing role model to girls and women and an integral part of the cultural zeitgeist. Loosely...

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Overview

Wonder Woman is a comprehensive look at the first and most important female super hero of DC Comics, from the Golden Age to the present day. Wonder Woman is the most popular female super hero of all time and a cultural icon. During her existence, she has served in the army, renounced her powers at the height of the feminist movement, and helped launch Gloria Steinem’s Ms. magazine. She has been—and continues to be—a trailblazing role model to girls and women and an integral part of the cultural zeitgeist. Loosely chronological, Wonder Woman explores idiosyncratic creator William Moulton Marston’s interest in ideas of a "new woman" for the twentieth century; costume and character story changes over the decades; the influence on all other female comic book characters since her inception; and how Wonder Woman is still powerful and relevant in today’s comic book renaissance. The book contains more than 250 Wonder Woman illustrations, including covers, interior comic art, and sketch treatments, beginning with her inception in the early 1940s to present-day treatments of the character. Celebrated artists include Alex Ross, Jim Lee, George Perez, and Brian Bolland, to name only a few. The book will also feature rare covers and pin-up posters created for past special-edition comic books. Wonder Woman is certain to appeal to fanboys and fangirls, collectors, and newcomers to the comic book genre alike.

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Editorial Reviews

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“Fans of DC's Amazon Warrior Princess will no doubt look to lasso this impressive hardcover tome a comprehensive look at Wonder Woman's publishing history and effect on pop culture" ~Wizard
 
"Using periodic essays and a wealth of visuals, Wonder Woman: Amazon. Hero. Icon.- compiled by DC Comics writer Robert Greenberger-lovingly showcases Marston's labor and legacy, which are essentially vivid, kinetic studies in pop-culture feminism and fetishism."  ~Nylon
 
"A handsome new coffee table volume titled Wonder Woman: Amazon. Hero. Icon. surveys the star-crowned crime fighter’s evolution through the decades and offers a fascinating portrait of the superheroine’s eccentric creator."  ~Wired

“One stellar present.” ~Los Angeles Times

"...elevate the coffee table tome from fanboy collectible to a strange, telling social history"  ~ModernTonic.com
 
"Wonder Woman: Amazon. Hero. Icon. is a beautiful book, wonderfully designed, and one that you’ll want to pick up again and again, just to browse the wonderful reproduction — and large size — of the well-chosen artwork." ~ComicsWorthReading.com
 
"Overall, the book is attractive and dynamic.  It's a great addition to any comic book fan's book collection and has some great information and history on this iconic amazonian character. "  ~BookLegion.com
 
"This beautiful and informative book is, of course, primarily for Wonder Woman devotees and those who love comic book history."  ~PopMatters.com
 
"The new Wonder Woman book from Rizzoli finally gives the comic book superheroine her deserved props as a style goddess."  ~Stylelist.com

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Product Details

  • ISBN-13: 9780789320353
  • Publisher: Rizzoli
  • Publication date: 4/6/2010
  • Pages: 208
  • Sales rank: 1,398,330
  • Product dimensions: 9.20 (w) x 12.20 (h) x 1.00 (d)

Meet the Author

Robert Greenberger is a writer and editor from New York City. A lifelong fan of comic books and science fiction, he began his career with Fangoria before becoming Associate Editor for Starlog. While at Starlog he created Comics Scene, the first nationally distributed magazine to focus on comic books, comic strips, and Greenberger joined DC Comics in 1984 and worked on various DC Comics' projects including Who's Who, Crisis on Infinite Earths, Star Trek, Suicide Squad, Warlord, Doom Patrol, Lois Lane, Action Comics Weekly, Time Masters, Secret Origins, The Hacker Files among many others. Currently, Greenberger writes for such clients as Weekly World News, Platinum Studios, scifi.com, DC Comics, and Marvel.

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Table of Contents

Foreword 6

The Creator 12

The Amazons 26

The Contest 56

The Olympians 68

Tools of the Trade 82

Coming to Man's World 96

The Opponents 110

The Lovers 132

Friends and Allies 146

The Mod 168

The Diplomat 182

The Other Realities 194

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  • Posted May 18, 2010

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    Created in 1941 by William Moulton Marston and H. G. Peter, Wonder Woman at last receives a fair artistic review in a high-quality book without neglecting the writers who have participated in her adventures since her relaunch by George Perez in 1987!

    While the magnificent cover artist Adam Hughes is hardly represented, the other artists who have reinterpreted the anatomically-bizarre-but-iconic H.G. Peters' version into a woman "more goddess than human" is the best single place over the last 25 years to get an overview of how Wonder Woman's appearance has evolved. While her costume has remained largely unchanged, her adventures have become less surreal and her foes have become less frightening. Including her first appearance from All Star Comics #8, but also with concept sketches, covers and interior pages, Wonder Woman is shown to have inspired some of the most gorgeous comics' pages over the last quarter century, and that is no mean feat!

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