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Wonder Woman: Amazon. Hero. Icon. Hardcover – February 7, 2012

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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

About 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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Product Details

  • Hardcover: 208 pages
  • Publisher: Rizzoli Universe Promotional Books (February 7, 2012)
  • Language: English
  • ISBN-10: 0789324164
  • ISBN-13: 978-0789324160
  • Product Dimensions: 9.3 x 1.1 x 12.3 inches
  • Shipping Weight: 2.8 pounds
  • Average Customer Review: 4.5 out of 5 stars  See all reviews (11 customer reviews)
  • Amazon Best Sellers Rank: #1,314,854 in Books (See Top 100 in Books)

More About the Author

A writer, editor, and project manager, Robert Greenberger has been working in publishing since 1980. A lifelong fan of comics and science fiction, he watched dreams become reality when he first joined Starlog Press in 1980. There, he created Comics Scene which he edited during its initial run. In 1984, he moved to DC Comics where he worked as an editor or administrator until 2000, earning plaudits for his work on the Star Trek comic book. After a brief sojourn to the Internet, he returned to comics in 2001, this time working as an executive at Marvel Comics. This turned out to be a stormy, frustrating year and in 2002 he returned to DC as a senior editor in their growing collected editions department. In 2006, he left DC and found himself having the time of his life as Managing Editor at Weekly World News unitl its clueless management shuttered the paper.

Since then he has been a freelance writer, working on media tie-in properties, original fiction, non-fiction for your young adults and adults, and whatever else has come his way. He has cofounded the digital Crazy 8 Press.

He currently teaches high school English and Creative Writing in Baltimore County.

He makes his home in Maryland. For more, check out his website: www.bobgreenberger.com.

Customer Reviews

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17 of 17 people found the following review helpful By Omar D. Odeh on April 16, 2010
Format: Hardcover
I received my copy of Wonder Woman: Amazon, Hero, Icon and I have to say, I'm impressed. This book is beautiful, with thick glossy pages and TONS of artwork of Wonder Woman. It features a mix of written information detailing many aspects of Wonder Woman's creation and history, as well as comic pages to highlight aspects of her story.

The first thing that struck me about this book is how up-to-date it is. It features artwork and information from Wonder Woman's entire publication history, up through Gail Simone's Rise of the Olympians story arc.

It's organized very nicely. There are numerous sections detailing all aspects of Diana's life through every incarnation, from her creator to her trials; from her tools to her friends. There is even a nice section on alternate reality versions of Diana. The sections also feature large reprints of actual pages from the comics. Examples include Golden Age Hippolyte explaining the Amazon history to young Diana, Diana fighting the Echinda from George Perez's run, and even Diana in full battle armor talking to Tom Tresser from Gail Simone's run. These beautiful reprints aren't random filler; rather, they highlight the information discussed, and expand on what Robert Greenberger shared. The sections also feature panels and covers from Wonder Woman's history, sketches from some of the leading artists, and photographs of the people involved in Diana's history.

The only place I feel that this book falls short is in its citations for the images used. For most of us, if we see an image we really like, we'll attempt to seek out the story it's from. More often than not, the citations for images in this book give specific issue numbers and year information in addition to artist credits.
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8 of 9 people found the following review helpful By Shannon L. Lippy on August 4, 2010
Format: Hardcover
I'm going to try and not repeat too much of what previous reviewers have said. Yes, there are great pictures on good paper stock. It does look at Wonder Woman's past from a variety of view points from her creation, creator and aspects of her fictional life. However, the author makes a few errors in facts. To point out a couple: He uses comic cover dates as gospel when they're normally off 3 to 4 months. For instance, he says the second series of hers started in February 1987 when it actually started in October of 1986 (I remember). He also states that her re-birth in 1987 (1986) was still brought about by Aphrodite when in fact, Perez and Potter changed that to Athene and Artemis which made more sense as the amazons were a warrior culture. The goddesses then brought in other gods later on to bless and bring about Diana's birth. Aprhodite is not seen as the primary goddess figure as she was in the golden and silver age of comics. There are other minor mistakes as well, but I won't go into all of them. They're not huge, just inaccurate. Suffice it to say it's a good book for images and a good overview of who the character is and was meant to be. However, just don't take everything it says as the absolute truth. He tends to glaze over parts of her and her creator's history that don't either fit a clean storyline view for his book or socially acceptable viewpoints.
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6 of 7 people found the following review helpful By TheIntruder on October 23, 2010
Format: Hardcover
Don't get me wrong, I'm happy I bought this book. It is very well designed and the artwork is well selected. My main problem with it is that it is more of a review of WW's history as a comic book character rather than the history of her creation and publication over the last 70 odd years.

This isn't the type of book I (and probably most people) would read all the wy through from beginning to end. It is more of a coffee table book that you would pick up every now and then, look at the artwork, a few passages and then put down. However, even if I wanted to read it through I wouldn't be able to without having most of the key WW stories "spoilt". I admit that it would be impossible to write a WW history without discussing some of these things, but this book does it too much since the focus of the text is mainly on the character's fictional biography rather than the history of the character as a cultural icon. I think that the plots are better left for the DC comics themselves which will do a better job of telling her stories, don't you think?

A book like this, in my view, should tell about the history of the character in more depth. Instead we get a very brief overview of WW creator Charles Moulton's controversial views on women and feminism, his family's history, the backdrop against which WW was created, etc. We get almost no insight at all into his successor Robert Kanaigher's approach, other than, again, a short hand retelling of the stories he wrote. And there is a lot of history to tell.
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3 of 4 people found the following review helpful By M. Hills on July 15, 2010
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A very comprehensive history of the character of Wonder Woman...excellent pictures and graphics as her character evolved through time.
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