Wonder Woman Unbound: The Curious History of the World's Most Famous Heroine

Tim Hanley

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Wonder Woman Unbound: The Curious History of the World's Most Famous Heroine

Wonder Woman Unbound The Curious History of the World s Most Famous Heroine This close look at Wonder Woman s history portrays a complicated heroine who is than just a female Superman with a golden lasso and bullet deflecting bracelets The original Wonder Woman was ahead of h

  • Title: Wonder Woman Unbound: The Curious History of the World's Most Famous Heroine
  • Author: Tim Hanley
  • ISBN: 9781613749098
  • Page: 288
  • Format: Paperback
  • This close look at Wonder Woman s history portrays a complicated heroine who is than just a female Superman with a golden lasso and bullet deflecting bracelets The original Wonder Woman was ahead of her time, advocating female superiority and the benefits of matriarchy in the 1940s At the same time, her creator filled the comics with titillating bondage imagery, andThis close look at Wonder Woman s history portrays a complicated heroine who is than just a female Superman with a golden lasso and bullet deflecting bracelets The original Wonder Woman was ahead of her time, advocating female superiority and the benefits of matriarchy in the 1940s At the same time, her creator filled the comics with titillating bondage imagery, and Wonder Woman was tied up as often as she saved the world In the 1950s, Wonder Woman begrudgingly continued her superheroic mission, wishing she could settle down with her boyfriend instead, all while continually hinting at hidden lesbian leanings While other female characters stepped forward as women s lib took off in the late 1960s, Wonder Woman fell backwards, losing her superpowers and flitting from man to man Ms magazine and Lynda Carter restored Wonder Woman s feminist strength in the 1970s, turning her into a powerful symbol as her checkered past was quickly forgotten Exploring this lost history adds new dimensions to the world s most beloved female character, and Wonder Woman Unbound delves into her comic book and its spin offs as well as the myriad motivations of her creators to showcase the peculiar journey that led to Wonder Woman s iconic status.

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    1. Crystal Starr Light on said:

      Bullet Review:Absolutely WONDERful!! The highest praise imaginable!!!Let's go to DC and Hollywood and start demanding a Wonder Woman movie NOW!!!Full Review:Wonder Woman. I can just say the name and boom, Lynda Carter is in your mind, lassoing bad guys and cruising in the Invisible Plane.You're welcome.But who is Wonder Woman? Where did she come from? Unlike Batman and Superman, whose backstories are second nature (both fictional and nonfictional), Wonder Woman, despite being the premiere female [...]

    2. Wanda on said:

      Another 3.5 star read.I have hazy recollections of reading Wonder Woman comics as a kid. I'm now wishing that I had hung on to them! I'm curious as to which of three waves of stories I was mostly reading.The original author, William Marston, was a very intriguing individual and I would be interested in reading more about him if I can track anything down. He was of the firm opinion that women were the superior gender and that women would soon be running the world. He wrote the Wonder Woman comics [...]

    3. Dana Stabenow on said:

      A fascinating, informative and incredibly frustrating read. Hanley marches us through the history of Wonder Woman, the first woman superhero in the comics, born two and three years after Batman and Superman and in the same year as Captain America. This was the Golden Age of comics, where Wonder Woman helped defeat the Axis. Then came the post-war Silver Age, when Wonder Woman stopped saving Steve Trevor and he started saving her. In the Bronze Age they actually TOOK AWAY HER POWERS, she gives up [...]

    4. Alex on said:

      Wonder Woman's creator, William Moulton Marston, is a super interesting dude. The polyamorous inventor of the polygraph test and a respected psychologist, he believed that we would live in a utopia as soon as we accepted that women should be in charge of the world. He created Wonder Woman specifically in order to sneak this idea into the minds of children, and also in order to indulge his massive bondage fetish. Yes, in case you didn't know: those early Wonder Woman comics were basically just ev [...]

    5. Nadia on said:

      [Kate Beaton drew this I own nothing.]This book does what it tells you it was going to do. It is not an uncritical look at Wonder Woman. If anything a lot of it is about how we have projected different ideas onto her while editors and writers neglected her actual books and other media.So we learn a lot about William Marston and his theories on S&M and his views on female superiority, about his intention to write a feminist bookr young boys that just happened to find a female audience. While [...]

    6. Dany Burns on said:

      This was a very well researched history of Wonder Woman that I thoroughly enjoyed making my way through. This is basically a research paper but it doesn't read like one - it's much more engaging and interesting to read. I certainly feel very informed about the history of Wonder Woman now. I have read a few of her comics but and I knew a bit of her back story but I was not fully versed of any of it. I knew of Wonder Woman as an icon and this book really helped me understand her complicated histor [...]

    7. Perry Gough on said:

      Not bad a majority of this I knew already but there were some interesting facts about Wonder Woman.Where this book is sort of misleading is that the primary focus of this book dosent stay with Wonder Woman it tends to focus more on how women were portrayed in the comic books back in the Golden, Bronze and Modern Age. It does talk about how Wonder Woman broke the mould not being the damsal in distress, however it tends to then switch focus to characters such as Lois Lane and goes into alot more a [...]

    8. Heather on said:

      Wonder Woman Unbound: The Curious History of the World's Most Famous Heroine is a good book if you like Wonder Woman, or are interested in her background, the bondage, the feminism, all those key parts of her history.But, if you've read The Secret History of Wonder Woman, then it kind of pales in comparison.Where this one is better is that it seems to deal more with the comic books and comparisons throughout the ages in DC, Marvel and beyond. The fetishism/bondage elements are also handled reall [...]

    9. Lulu248 on said:

      While it was informative, the book was rather poorly edited with too many repetitions and some sketchy statistics. Moreover, oftentimes it was not very clear what the author is trying to say because his conclusion was lost in his less than appropriate judgmental tone.

    10. Summer on said:

      Interesting history regarding Wonder Woman focusing on her in the actual DC/comic book universe.

    11. Julie Dawson on said:

      “She isn’t a great character despite her contradictions but because of them. Wonder Woman has so many facets and incarnations, and within them lies a character who is both bizarre and brilliant. To forget her past is to miss what makes Wonder Woman such a great hero.” From Wonder Woman Unbound. I grew up on Lynda Carter’s Wonder Woman. The Wonder Woman of my youth was strong, confident, smart, beautiful, and kind. She was, in truth, the role model my generation needed. She encouraged us [...]

    12. Mouse on said:

      It's sort of a shame that this book had to give Wonder Woman her due but her own comics couldn't truly accomplish that for decades. Until recently we haven't had a decent Wonder Woman in a movie and yet she's considered one of DC's big 3, right behind Batman and Superman. Wonder Woman has an amazing history and she's gone through lots of changes over the decades (Golden, Silver, Modern, New 52, Rebirth) and this book covers a lot of that. It also covers her creation at the hands of a very intere [...]

    13. Shelley on said:

      A look at Wonder Woman's history from Golden Age to Silver, Bronze and Modern. This is a good companion to Secret History of Wonder Woman, as it does go in depth into Wonder Woman's story with less on her creator. But I also found myself thinking that this author oversimplified things after reading so much in depth about WMM, ha. This was originally a dissertation, and it felt like it. It was interesting to read about what different authors did, and how Wonder Woman ran opposite to pretty much e [...]

    14. Tiamatty on said:

      I don't actually read any DC comics. I just don't particularly care about them. Still, I respect Wonder Woman as a feminist icon. So I found this book's exploration of exactly what that means to be really interesting. It details the rather complex relationship she's had with feminism - often moving backwards as women pushed forward. It makes for an occasionally depressing read - she's an iconic character who's often treated as an afterthought by DC, and who has a history of problematic presentat [...]

    15. Ayanna Dozier on said:

      This book offers, perhaps, the most comprehensive research on Wonder Woman (in comics) than any other book out there. However, Tim Hanley lacks the vocabulary to thoroughly engage with Wonder Woman on a critical level. This is most evident when Hanley tries to engage feminist theory and or feminist historiography with Wonder Woman; Hanley ends up failing on multiple levels. This book would work best as an extended blog article on bondage fetishism and Wonder Woman, as this is the one area of the [...]

    16. Heidi on said:

      This was a fascinating and thoroughly researched look at the most iconic super-heroine in comics. Hanley clearly knows his comic book history and did a great job highlighting the contradictions and author agendas that have made Wonder Woman the character is today (as well as all the characters that she has been). There are times when the book is a bit more academic than many readers will appreciate (it has its roots in the author's college thesis), but if you appreciate academic writing and/or c [...]

    17. Robin on said:

      Originally written as an undergraduate essay, Wonder Woman Unbound, definitely still reads as a college paper. While there are some interesting parts about the history of comic books in North America and the evolution of superheroes, the book could have been improved with editing. There are sections which are repetitious, some of the footnotes are just side jokes that the author thought were cute, and the writing style didn't hold my attention. I found myself reading faster and faster just to fi [...]

    18. Bree on said:

      I would like to know how he feels about the recent Wonder Woman (the new 52 series by Azzarello). As well as her more Barbie like incarnation in the newest issue by the Finch's. Or her new look (my personal favorite) in the most recent Justice League issues. Does he think she might becoming more popular or will she continue to be relegated to side stories. Does he plan on doing a more in depth look at Batgirl, Ms. Marvel or Thor? Especially considering their new reboots.

    19. Eric on said:

      Author Tim Hanley and I are united in our hatred of Wonder Woman silver age comic books.Those Robert Kanigher issues were lousy! Fact: "When Rosa Parks refused to give up her seat on a bus in December 1955, Wonder Woman was playing baseball with a gorilla and fighting a robot octopus in Wonder Woman No. 78.Full review here: superheronovels/2014/06/20

    20. Kari on said:

      The beginning and the end were strong but the middle read mostly as a discussion of female characters and feminism in comic books rather than specifically being about Wonder Woman. I think I would have enjoyed a long piece just about Wonder Woman more. I did enjoy it! just wished it hadn't digressed so much in the middle.

    21. Rebecca on said:

      I burned through reading this on a flight. But even if I wasn't stuck in an enclosed area with no entertainment, I think I would have finished this fairly quickly. The writing was engaging, and it never felt repetitive despite covering over 70 years of history of one character. Adding the context of how other characters were written made the development of Wonder Woman easier to follow.

    22. Kate Irwin-smiler on said:

      A history of Wonder Woman's various incarnations, along with the historical context of feminism and comic books. Fascinating.This is the book the I wanted Lepore's Secret History of Wonder Woman to be.

    23. Julio Bonilla on said:

      Historic! Reading this book led me to look on YouTube for the proof!

    24. Daryl on said:

      Having seen the highly anticipated and successful (both critically and financially) Wonder Woman movie, I read two books dedicated to the most famous comic book heroine in the world. Neither books provided me with the type of book I had hoped for but both proved informative. The Secret History of Wonder Woman was a work of historical scholarship, focusing primarily on William Marston, creator of the character. This book, Wonder Woman Unbound, delves a little more into the character but still rel [...]

    25. Magie on said:

      I really, really, enjoyed this. I've previously read Tim's book that focuses on Lois Lane and loved that so when the new Wonder Woman movie was coming out I knew this book was going to be on my 'to-read' list. Originally I wanted to read it before I saw the movie but I just got behind on my book reading and I wasn't waiting to see the movie (sorry Tim), but now I've seen it (multiple times) and gotten through the book. I am in the category that I didn't know terribly much about Wonder Woman befo [...]

    26. (a)lyss(a) on said:

      "Superman and Batman never offered encouraging suggestions for alternate career paths to Lex Luthor or the Joker, but Wonder Woman saw the good in everyone."This is a captivating look at the cultural context and history of Wonder Woman and the portrayal of other women characters in comics.This book looks at the content of the original Wonder Woman comics Marston created and compares it to the other comics that existed at the time and how cultural changes (like WWII, second wave feminism, etc.) c [...]

    27. Melissa Rininger on said:

      Hanley’s book covers a broader scope of context in reference to Wonder Woman. There is a great deal of information about Superman, Batman, and the Flash. However, my understanding of Superman and Batman’s history is a tad more limited but after reading Hanely’s book I can understand the importance of how Wonder Woman fits into the superhero realm in context of her male counterparts. Hanley discusses in great detail how violence was dominant in Golden Age comics and Wonder Woman was suppose [...]

    28. Destiny Brugman on said:

      I hate to say it, but this book was Just Okay. It was written in a very detached and straightforward manner which made it feel like the author wasn't very invested in it. However, if you're wondering what trashy things happened to Wonder Woman and her character post-WMM, then this gives you some insight. It also talks extensively about the contexts Wonder Woman was in compared to the other superheroes at the time which is interesting. If you're only going to read one book about Wonder Woman, I w [...]

    29. Connie on said:

      Book started as an essay that evolved into a thesis and it reads like one. Writing is dry and repetitious, but I did enjoy learning about Wonder Woman beyond the general facts. If you are interested in the creator, Jill Lepore's book is the go to, but this focuses on the Wonder Women character from its inception to the 80s. I had a library copy with a few bits of written commentary and I enjoy those insights into another reader.

    30. Kim Raccoon on said:

      This is an engaging and informative read. It tracks all of Wonder Woman's history and compares how she is perceived by each generation and how this has affected the way in which she is written.If you're a beginning fan you should definitely read this. If you (think you) are a well read fan, you should still read this. On top of being informative in itself, it also provides a ton of other good reference materials for further reading.

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