Wonder Woman Unbound: The Curious History Of The World's Most Famous Heroine by Tim HanleyWonder Woman Unbound: The Curious History Of The World's Most Famous Heroine by Tim Hanley

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

byTim Hanley

Paperback | April 1, 2014

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This close look at Wonder Woman’s history portrays a complicated heroine who is more 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.

Tim Hanley is a comic book historian. He writes a blog, Straitened Circumstances, that discusses Wonder Woman and women in comics, and his monthly column, “Gendercrunching,” runs on www.bleedingcool.com. He has also written several articles for the Tumblr magazine DC Women Kicking Ass.
Title:Wonder Woman Unbound: The Curious History Of The World's Most Famous HeroineFormat:PaperbackProduct dimensions:320 pages, 9 × 6 × 0.7 inShipping dimensions:9 × 6 × 0.7 inPublished:April 1, 2014Publisher:Chicago Review PressLanguage:English

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ISBN - 10:1613749090

ISBN - 13:9781613749098


Rated 4 out of 5 by from Great read! Such a fun and comprehensive read on the history of Wonder Woman and her role in women's rights. Hanley presents information in an interesting and detailed way about everyone's favourite Amazon. I didn't know much about Wonder Woman expect the basics prior to this book but after reading I gained a much better education.
Date published: 2018-01-21
Rated 5 out of 5 by from Excellent This book was a fantastic read about one of pop cultures most enduring heroic figures. There was also a lot of background information about the character's creator, an individual with a rather interesting personal life and some odd theories about the comic characters themselves.
Date published: 2017-07-14
Rated 4 out of 5 by from concise history all the twists and turns in wonder woman's strange rise
Date published: 2017-05-27

Editorial Reviews

"A useful companion history that’s good at placing the character in the setting of her comic-franchise peers." —New York Review of Books