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Unearthed: Wonder Woman #1, PART 1

Welcome, True Believers! You’re in for a special treat today! Many of you may know Wonder Woman only as Gal Gadot… others will know both her and Lynda Carter… but it’s safe to say that only a small number of you will have read this issue from 1942, written by William Moulton Marston (in the comic as Charles Moulton) and drawn by Harry Peter, these early adventures are quite unlike anything you might expect. Let’s dive in!

YES those are Nazis, the perfect comic book villains. You can do whatever you want to ’em and nobody cares! But let’s step back in history for a bit, to see how Diana came to be.

Quick note here: putting that panel in the left corner is a bit of a comics storytelling gaffe… at least for American readers, who read from left to right. You’d expect to lead the reader to the right corner instead. Bit’ve a nitpick. On we go!

I love Diana telling a man he wouldn’t understand.

Haha! “Get my goat!” GET IT? Naw, you… you don’t get it. No, it’s over your head. Move on.

Why “Amazons”? Unless we’ve been mispronouncing it this entire time and it’s supposed to be “amaze-ons”.

I’m DYING to say this to someone, complete with double snaps.

Remember: this comic was written BY a man. William Moulton Marston’s story is a fascinating one. Go check out “Professor Marston & The Wonder Women“, now on Amazon!

Hippolyte, no! That’s the oldest trick in the book! One of the interesting things about this is that it’s not an outright rejection of men, which would be a more simplistic rendition.

If you’ve ever wondered why Diana wears those wristbands, here you go. Didn’t know they were meant to represent manacles, did you? Again: go read up on Marston, it’s fascinating stuff!

Who can blame them? I want to escape men too, and I AM one.

Does she have an Etsy page?

You can just see the hard choice coming, can’t you? Also, I never noticed this until just now, but that bush in the background is just a bunch of scribbles!

“Those mysterious things called “men”! Can they really suck as much as Hippolyte keeps saying?”

DIANA IS A STEM GIRL. Also, look at her adorable goggles.

See, Hippolyte is just like any mother, worried about her daughter’s attachment to a man. Also, notice the casual drop here of Diana’s invisible plane. Just… just go with it.

Well there you have it.

The… mental radio? Did Marston invent video conferencing too?

Okay, ESPN, please add this to your regular programming.

HER NAME IS FATSIS

A weight off your chest. Oh, VERY good.

“Expect to be wounded!” is my new battle cry.

These days I believe they’ve made Diana actually bulletproof, which isn’t as cool.

BEST SPANX EVER

This is as good a place as any to end Part One of our look at Wonder Woman #1. Return on Wednesday for Part Two, in which Diana travels to America! EXCELSIOR!

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