Wonder Woman No. 288


Wonder Woman No. 288 features the story "Swan Song," wirtten by Roy Thomas and pencilled by Gene Colan. Colan's cover depicts Wonder Woman battling an array of armed gangsters.

Wonder Woman is a superhero created in 1941 by noted psychologist William Moulton Marsten (as Charles Moulton) and artist Harry G. Peters. An Amazonian princess possessing incredible strength and armed with magical devices, the character has made a profound cultural impact as the best known and longest lasting female superhero.

Moulton claimed Wonder Woman to be "psychological propaganda for a new type of woman" that he believed "should ... rule the world." Introduced in DC Comics All-Star Comics #8, the character was an instant hit with readers, with early Wonder Woman stories featuring thrilling messages of female empowerment. The first, and for some time, only woman in All-Star Comics' super team "The Justice Society of America," the red, white and blue clad heroine soon helmed her own title, becoming one of the few characters to have survived continually from comic's early "Golden Age" to the present.

Wonder Woman continues to inspire generations with her powerful combination of compassion and might. In addition to her genre-defining comic book appearances, the character has become a multi-media juggernaut and a symbol for women's rights across the globe.

Appearing on scores of merchandise, the star-spangled superhero has been featured in video games, television and the big screen. In the 1970s television series ,"Wonder Woman" was portrayed by actress Lynda Carter, and in the 21st century Warner Bros. film series, she has been depicted by actress Gal Godot.

Date Made: 1982

Writer: Thomas, RoyMaker: D. C. Comics, Inc.

Location: Currently not on view

Place Made: United States: New York, New York CityAssociated Place: United States: New York, New York City

Subject: ComicsWonder Woman


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Data Source: National Museum of American History

Id Number: 2017.3021.042Nonaccession Number: 2017.3021Catalog Number: 2017.3021.042

Object Name: comic book

Physical Description: paper (overall material)ink (overall material)Measurements: overall: 10 1/4 in x 6 3/4 in; 26.035 cm x 17.145 cm

Guid: http://n2t.net/ark:/65665/ng49ca746b3-08ee-704b-e053-15f76fa0b4fa

Record Id: nmah_1836820

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