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Interview: Historian Jill Lepore on Wonder Woman, Feminism, Her Relationship with Superman Plus Amazing Historical Documents

With a new movie (with a female director!) on the way and four comics headlining the Amazon, this has been quite a year for Wonder Woman. Add to that list a book by Harvard professor Jill Lepore whose extensive research into the creators of Wonder Woman is found in the bestselling “The Secret History of Wonder Woman.” I’ve run a few posts on the book which is delightful hybrid of biography, comics history and a chronicle of some of the early years of feminism in the 20th Century. 

For years the private life of Wonder Woman’s creator, William Moulton Marston, which included a poly relationship with two women, has been used as way to devalue Wonder Woman and suggest that the character was just a big old BSDM wet dream. Lepore’s book takes a thorough look at the women Marston shared his life with - Elizabeth Holloway Marston and Olive Byrne, the niece of Margaret Sanger, to clearly show the character was born out of the suffragette movement right down to the bondage imagery that permeates the early years of the character. As told by Lepore, the creation of Wonder Woman is truly an embodiment of the feminist movement.

Lepore did a short email interview with me about the book and the character (including her current relationship in comics). She also sent along some rare historical documents from the Sophia Smith Collection, Smith College.

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Batman: Gotham Knights (2000-2006) #11

“Who in the world could catch up to you? No one but your own son – Batman Junior!

The back-up Batman Black & White is probably the first I have nothing nice to say about.

It’s just not a very entertaining venture, particularly in the “gasp it was only a dream” nonsense endings that I almost always hate.

For real, though, I blame this one on the editor. Why would you put this back-up, one that’s making a jab at the Bat Family concept in a pretty damn mean spirited fashion, at the end of a four issue storyline that worked to defend that very concept?

It’s one of the few back-ups I’ve only read once if that tells you anything.