December 2011 marks the 70th anniversary of Wonder Woman’s first appearance in DC Comics’ All Star Comics Issue #8, published in December of 1941. Created to be an alternative to the mostly male dominated realm of comic books by William Moulton Marston, Wonder Woman has become one of the most recognizable superheroes and an iconic figure in the world of comics. She has appeared in television shows, animated movies, video games, a line of cosmetics, and her costume is known the world over. Although a live action television show was aborted earlier this year, and a live action feature film is still stuck in development a decade after the project began, Wonder Woman has racked up an impressive list of accomplishments over the past 70 years, and she has carved out a permanent place in pop culture history.
When she first debuted, Wonder Woman’s message of love and peace must have seemed out of place in the violence soaked world of comic books. Armed with her Golden Lasso of Truth and educated in the Amazon ideals of sisterhood and equality, Wonder Woman was a distinct brand of superhero. Created at a time when the world was embroiled in the bloodiest recorded conflict in human history, Wonder Woman’s stories detailing her quest for peace have been published alongside a further seven decades of war, terror, and violence. We humans, it would appear, never learn.
Although Wonder Woman’s struggle continues 70 years later, I would like to congratulate Wonder Woman on everything that she has accomplished in that time. Whether it is defeating the enemy in her comic books or breaking down gender stereotypes in real life, Wonder Woman continues to remind us that peace is an attainable goal, but only if we all want it badly enough. This is the message that Wonder Woman has been giving us for the past 70 years, and it is one that should be shouted from the rooftops for all to hear. With that in mind, I say Happy Anniversary Wonder Woman, and here’s to the next 70 years of shouting.