The Secret History of Wonder Woman

Wonder Woman, created in 1941, on the brink of World War II, is the most popular female superhero of all time. Aside from Superman and Batman, she has lasted the longest and commanded the most vast and wildly passionate following. Like every other superhero, Wonder Woman has a secret identity. Unlike others, she also has a secret history. 

In Jill Lepore’s riveting work of historical detection, Wonder Woman’s story provides the missing link in the history of the struggle for women’s rights—a chain of events that begins with the women’s suffrage campaigns of the early 1900s and ends with the troubled place of feminism a century later. 

This edition includes a new afterword with fresh revelations based on never before seen letters and photographs from the Marston family’s papers.

With 161 illustrations and 16 pages in full color

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3 Comments

  1. Mostly a Marston Biography This is a scholarly look at the history and origins of the Wonder Woman character created by William Moulton Marston. The book goes quite a bit into Marston’s background and the social conditions of the times. I would say that up to page 185 the book is essentially a biography of Marston and his family. There are not that many illustrations and most are black & white snapshots from the Marston family album. 

  2. Prepare to be surprised, amazed, and alarmed by the people who created and shaped this comic icon. Here is the internal dialog I had going at one point while reading this book. 

  3. The Most Unique Character In Comic Book History – And Wonder Woman With “The Secret History of Wonder Woman” Jill Lepore has greatly strengthened the oft ignored legacy of comic books as an important agent of cultural change in the 20th century. Since their inception in the early 1930’s as collections of comic strips through the billion dollar mega-films of today, comic books have been beloved and loathed like no other media. 

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