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Wonder Woman: The Complete Newspaper Comics Hardcover – October 21, 2014
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"Historically important as well as wildly entertaining, Wonder Woman the Complete Newspaper Strip (1944–1945) is the find of the year for everyone who loves adventure, history, women’s studies, comic books, and heroes." — New York Journal of Books
"IDW does a great service to fans and historians alike by collecting the often forgotten superhero strips of the Golden Age..." — The Comics Journal
About the Author
William Moulton Marston—who wrote under the pen name Charles Marston—was a Harvard-educated psychologist and inventor, who developed, with the help of his wife, Elizabeth Holloway Marston, the systolic blood pressure test, which is a major component of the modern polygraph, or lie detector. His most well-known creation, however, is probably Wonder Woman, the first and most famous female superhero, whose popularity has endured for more than 75 years.
Through his work as a psychologist and development of the blood pressure test, Marston came to believe that women were superior to men, finding them to be more honest and loving in particular. He ultimately concluded that a female-dominated society was both preferable and inevitable, and set about propogating this philosophy through his work in both comics and psychology.
Wonder Woman first appeared in 1940, inspired by both Marston's wife and a former student of his, Olive Byrne, who lived with the couple and maintained a relationship with each of them that continued throughout their lives. Marston developed the concept with the blessing of Bill Gaines, co-publisher of All-American Publications, home of Green Lantern and the Flash, among others. Marston sought to subvert the trope of a superhero who defeats his enemies through fighting and violence, instead creating a character that conquered through love. Following a small introduction in All-Star Comics #8, Wonder Woman made her cover debut in Sensation Comics #1. Marston would continue writing and developing the character over the next six years, in both Sensation and her self-titled series, until his death in 1947.
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The strips are all by WW's golden age creators, Marston and HG Peter. So, if you're one of those who can't stomach Peter's weird, archaic art-style it won't be your cup of tea. Interestingly, it seems to me that Marston's bondage themes (ubiquitous in the comic book) are toned downed in the newspaper strips. Depending on your tastes, that might be a plus or minus....
Fans who (like me) own all of the WW DC Archive Editions reprinting WONDER WOMAN magazine and SENSATION COMICS, should be aware that this book will have some very familiar story lines..... Many original comic story lines were basically reworked for the newspaper strip.
Personally, I will never get enough of the odd-but-wonderful original Wonder Woman. Seeing as we'll have a long wait for any further GA WW Archive Editions, this book is a nice consolation prize.
In terms of art, I was surprised to find that the newspaper strip actually looks better than a lot of the comics. H.G. Peters' art benefits from some excellent inking by his assistants, and the result is cleaner and more precisely rendered than much of his regular comics work.
In terms of storylines, this is quite similar to the work being done in the comics at the same time. There is a nice Cheetah storyline, and Dr. Marston gets to work his lie detector into a story as well. There are also some excellent "regular criminal" type villains, some of whom give Wonder Woman a real challenge.
The book is very nicely printed on good heavy paper. Seems like it will hold up pretty well. There is no color, just black and white art, but the use of screen tones helps to make up for that.
To sum up, if you are a fan of the Golden Age Wonder Woman comics, you should get this as well. I really enjoyed this book. I wish the newspaper strip had run another couple of years.