I completely blanked on the fact that Paul has class Friday mornings so it looks like we won’t be
wasting our money visiting the casino tonight. That’s alright though! It’s 57 degrees in Chicago, and my four-day weekend has officially begun. I’ve never been more excited to do errands in my life, and that’s pretty much what all afternoon tomorrow will consist of.
Also, Colleen award me with the Versatile Blogger Award! I’m going to try to do that sometime this weekend. Thanks Colleen!
I’ve been hearing for a month or so about the mysterious Wonder Woman television series for NBC. Now we finally know who’s going to play the ever-so-famous Princess Diana. Her name is Adrianne Palicki and she’s best known for playing Tyra Collette on Friday Night Lights. I’ve never seen the show, so I can’t say anything about her acting abilities. But I can say a ton about Wonder Woman.
She’s been my biggest superhero obsession since I was a kid for many obvious reasons:
1. She’s Greek just like me
2. She has raven waves aka dark hair just like me
3. She’s an Amazon, and I’ve always wanted to be one
4. She is the most powerful female superhero ever, and arguably, the most popular
A couple years ago, I was writing for an online magazine called Paper Dolls, and I actually pitched a story to them about Wonder Woman. You can find it here with all the images. But I’m also going to publish it here. I had so much fun researching and writing this story. Plus, I have just about every book and graphic novel about Wonder Woman already, so it gave me a chance to reread them all.
The Wondrous Evolution of Wonder Woman
For five decades, America’s favorite Amazon has undergone numerous costume changes …and a few boob jobs
It was my dream for a Halloween costume as a young girl: the red-white-and-blue outfit, the knee-high boots, and the gold tiara. I already had the long, black hair, so I didn’t think it would be difficult to find the getup. It was before Internet shopping, but I still didn’t have trouble finding a Wonder Woman costume. But then another problem arose: The costume wasn’t appropriate for an 11-year-old girl to wear.
Any female, regardless of age, could have worn Wonder Woman’s original, modest costume. I didn’t find that one, though. All I could find was her present-day outfit, which has evolved to become a skimpy one-piece, similar to a leotard and definitely not suitable for a preteen.
Even though Wonder Woman’s uniform has drastically changed over the years, she has become, arguably, the most popular female superhero ever and is recognized all over the world. The mighty warrior has superhuman strength, the power to fly, the beauty of the goddess Aphrodite, and the wisdom of the goddess Athena. She carries a lasso of truth and wears bullet-deflecting bracelets, both of which have endured since the heroine’s first appearance in 1941.
When Princess Diana aka Wonder Woman was brought to life in issue #8 of All-American’s All Star Comics, she was far from erotic. Her costume consisted of a red strapless top with a gold eagle insignia. She also donned loose-fitting, star-spangled blue shorts that ended several inches above the knee and red-and-white knee-high boots. A red star marked her gold tiara, securing her jet-black hair. Wonder Woman hailed from a mysterious island, but her hairstyle looked identical to most American women in the 1940s.
The champion of justice’s top fit much like a sports bra, flattening her breasts, but would eventually shift to become a push-up bra. But in the ’40s, Wonder Woman was still decades away from developing into a sexy full-grown woman.
When the public first met Princess Diana, she was a humble Amazon living peacefully on Paradise Island. Captain Steve Trevor crashed his plane onto the island, and the women nursed him back to health. The incident compelled Princess Diana’s mother to send an Amazon champion to return with Trevor to defend America.
The winner was none other than Diana herself, and she was given a red-white-and-blue costume to represent the country she would protect. She took on the identity of the nurse Diana Prince and served in World War II as a nurse, secretary, and secretly, as a superhero.
This independent, empowered, and intelligent woman became an ideal role model for women during WWII, as she fought for her country and encouraged women to do their share by finding employment while their husbands were at war.
Wonder Woman didn’t need a body builder’s physique to save America from danger. She relied on her wits, her god-given powers, and her weapons of peace. Her creator, Dr. William Moulton Marston, said he wanted to produce a dominant woman that still had a feminine edge to her.
That femininity appeared to be showcased by hiking up and tightening this femme fatale’s flowing shorts, beginning in 1942.
In 1947, Marston died, and shortly after, Wonder Woman’s WWII-plot-driven stories came to an end. The comic’s new editor dabbled in love stories, mostly between Wonder Woman and Trevor. In one issue, the Amazing Amazon appears helpless and is being carried across a river by Trevor. In other issues, Diana was a model, a “lonely hearts” newspaper columnist, or a potential movie star.
By the 1950s, Wonder Woman’s wavy black hair grew longer, exhibiting the beginning of heightened femininity and an ultra-sexualized superhero. Her lips were fuller, but her costume remained almost identical to her original, except for her shorts, which resembled spandex. Her breasts also looked slightly larger, possibly B-cups.
But a strange thing happened in 1968. Wonder Woman lost her powers and costume and became a mortal woman of the ’60s. The raven-haired hero’s lips became extremely full, her blue eyes were larger and her eyebrows arched considerably-think Angelina Jolie.
In her debut as a mortal, Diana sported a mod minidress and thigh-high black-leather boots. She carried a bucket of paint, wiping out images of Wonder Woman and the old Diana Prince. This patriotic, tough superhero had been replaced by a sexy, hip undercover agent.
Diana learned martial arts and drew comparisons to the females on the popular TV show The Avengers. As a spy traveling the world, sometimes sporting a tight, all-white bodysuit, this Wonder Woman did not last longer than five years. With the help of Gloria Steinem, a leader of the feminist movement, the original Wonder Woman would finally make her return in 1973.
But with her arrival, the Amazon princess’ shorts were nothing but Daisy Dukes. Her perfect locks wisped along her back. On her bustier, each wing of the eagle rested on one of her breasts. Because her breast size had again increased, looking like C-cups, the eagle looked three-dimensional. The heroine had come a long way since her birth in 1941, transforming into a voluptuous beauty, with an ever-shrinking outfit.
Wonder Woman’s costume underwent another large change in 1982, when the golden eagle inscribed on her bosom was converted into a stylized letter W. Her breasts were larger, and her measurements looked Playboy-model-esque.
In 1986, Wonder Woman’s origin story was retold and altered, and she was reborn with a scanty uniform covering her newly toned and very muscular figure.
Diana’s long legs looked like they belonged to a supermodel in the 1990s comics. Her breasts were so full that they almost spilled out of her outfit. Her long, thick hair had become a mass of curls. Her star-spangled underwear is hiked up, almost to the point that you can see what’s underneath.
This trend continued into the new millennium, with the large-breasted Amazon displaying a costume that barely covers her body. Sometimes she even wears a thong.
While Diana still has the beauty, the strength, and the brains she had in the 1940s, artists have found it necessary to drastically enhance the first two traits for readers. Could it be that in these modern times, a female comic-book character will not be appreciated unless she looks like a porn star? Or is that just the industry’s perception? Wonder Woman is the longest-running comic-book series starring a female hero. Her hypersexualized image may sell comics, but it’s a sellout of what Wonder Woman originally looked like and stood for. The heroine may be competent and courageous, but when you see her, it’s hard to get past the skin and cleavage, making it difficult for girls to look to her as a role model. No matter how powerful she is, her attire is another reminder that her long-running success has come at a large price, her modesty. PD
Hope you enjoyed it!
I have high hopes for this show. Wonder Woman is tough, confident and sexy. She can kick butt, use her brains and she’s got a couple tricks up her sleeves. If this show is 1/2 as good as Xena or 1/4 as good Buffy, then I’ll be satisfied. A lot of it comes down to Wonder Woman though. Let’s hope this actress can pull it off!
What are your thoughts on Wonder Woman? Do you have a favorite super hero? Will you watch this show?