The Bronze age of the early 1970s brought Wonder Woman back to her superhero roots as a member of The Justice Society of America set back in the WWII era. But due to the popularity of the TV show starring Lynda Carter, the comics would send her back to the 70s era. During the following years the character would go through more rebranding and receive a new logo (the famous WW logo).
Unfortunately, sales would decline through this period until DC decided to end Wonder Woman’s series and start fresh. In 1986 they did this by introducing the events occurring in Crisis on Infinite Earths—in which Wonder Woman got streamlined into a new continuity with her and Steve Trevor coming over from the Earth-Two dimension to the main DCU. This erased all her past exploits so that the new Wonder Woman character, her stories, and her timeline could take priority.
As time moved on, Wonder Woman became an ambassador from Themyscira. Again, her mission was to bring peace to the outside world by fighting evil. At this time they also started to use more concepts from Greek mythology in her stories—and once again had her birthed from clay.
As with all modern comics, a lot of writers and artists worked on her books during this time (1968-2011). I won’t get into all the details of modern age Wonder Woman, her stories, alternate stories, and all the other craziness DC brought upon the character. There’s just too much to go over. But she did have a lot more success than she did during the Bronze Age. So, let’s move right on over to her most recent stories.
In 2011 DC did a complete line-wide relaunch; this caused yet another revamp of Wonder Woman’s history. Her costume became very similar to her original one, and she also started to utilize a sword and shield (as see in the movie).
With the new origin, she was no longer made from clay. Instead, she was a demigoddess that was naturally birthed from her mother Hippolyta and father Zeus. There are various opinions on this new origin and it received mixed reviews.
About a year ago, DC did yet another revamp of its line-up. So, for Wonder Woman, this meant trying to merge the best concepts of her character from before and during The New 52 era. This was done to make one definitive Wonder Woman story.
There’s only a couple of volumes out for Rebirth, so it should be pretty interesting to see where this will take Wonder Woman in the future. The reception has been mostly positive from what I’ve seen. And if the interest in the movie is any indication, we’ll be seeing a lot more from her in the coming years.
There is no denying the impact Wonder Woman has had on our culture. From strengthening the women’s movement, showing strong women characters in all media, and a lot more things I’m probably forgetting at the moment, she has taken the mantle as one of the strongest female characters in comics.
After researching her and reading her newer books, I think I’m starting to consider myself a Wonder Woman fan—and I never thought that would happen. It just goes to show what can be done when a character is given the respect they deserve. From her humble beginnings as a lowly secretary, to a hero all little girls and boys can look up to, here’s to Wonder Woman!
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