In the Silver Age, Diana would temporarily lose her powers starting on June 19th at 10 o’clock. All I’m saying is: watch out for the Wonder Woman rogues gallery for the next 24 hours. Also, Happy Juneteenth!
Watched Professor Marston and the Wonder Woman! twas good. From my limited Wonder Woman scholarship, seemed pretty solid. Glad they didn’t hold back on the gay. Olive and Elizabeth’s relationship was the most fleshed out one in the movie tbh.
As always, a biopic fudges some stuff so here are some hot facts:
-While the biopic has her flummoxed by Will’s idea, Elizabeth may have actually helped come up with Wonder Woman irl- accounts differ, but some say when Marston wanted to do a new love-driven superhero, it was Liz who suggested she be a woman because she was sick of seeing male superheroes.
-However their initial courtship went down, at one point Bill did give Liz an ultimatum- either Olive moves in or he’s leaving her.It’s a pretty harsh thing to tell your wife so I suspected the movie wouldn’t include it. However, it started before or after that, all signs indicate Olive and Liz did fall in love at some point too, so that part’s accurate.
-Olive actually did become a journalist in her spare time, in a sense- she wrote for the Family Circle. The movie makes it seem like she only looked after the kids, but she did have a job, though it didn’t pay much. She even interviewed Marston for the mag, while pretending she wasn’t his live-in wife. “Yes, here is Charles Moulton, famed creator of Wonder Woman. his wife sure is lucky.” It’s kinda hilarious.
-the footnote makes it seem like Wonder Woman lost her superpowers immediately after Marston died. She did not lose them until the 60s, actually. After Marston died, Robert Kanigher took over to book over Elizabeth’s protests- she wanted to take over as editor and preserve her husbands vision, but National Comics ignored her very detailed plea. I’m surprised they didn’t include that, it’s pretty tragic. Kanigher did not rob WW of her superpowers, but he did strip most of the feminism out and made WW all domestic and marriage obsessed. The “Wonder Women of History” feature in every comic that detailed important women throughout history was replaced with “Marriage a la Mode”. YEP.
The reason WW lost her powers in the 60s was DC wanted to make her a super spy like Emma Peel in the Avengers rather than to flip off Marston. Those comics were very awful and sexist though.
Amazing Black Female Superheroes... In no particular order. Although all the characters are fictional, I'd like to see more of these ladies on the big screen.
This list contains some of the overlooked black female superheroes from various comics. Although this may not be very relevant to some, I hope it provides some sort of entertainment at the least. You would probably be surprise to find the both Marvel & DC Comics have written some AMAZING black characters from all over the universe (both fantasy worlds and real places) into their story lines.
These women include (but aren’t limited to):
a Jamaican born superhero
a couple of ladies born in Africa
a lady from the Bayou
a cripple lady that wasn’t here for the bullshit, nor limitations
an orphan, officer, attorney, a siren…. you just gotta read it to see what I mean. Anyway, hope you enjoy!
FIRST THING FIRST…. My absolute favorite female character in all of DC Comics…. VIXEN/Mari Jiwe McCabe
A female super-hero from Africa who adopts the abilities of animals. Using her Tantu Totem, she can channel the powers of the animal kingdom by tapping into the morphogenetic field. She has been a member of the Birds of Prey, Checkmate, the Justice League, Suicide Squad and the Ultramarine Corps. Vixen was created by Gerry Conwayand Bob Oksner, first appearing in Action Comics #521. (1981)
In ancient Africa, there was a legend that the warrior Tantu asked Anansi the Spider to create a totem that would give the wearer all of the powers of the animal kingdom, if they would use the power to protect the innocent. It is possible that the “Anansi” who Tantu met, may have been a member of the alien race who gave Buddy Baker the ability to tap the Morphogenetic Field. Mari’s Tantu totem may tap into that same field. Tantu used the totem to become Africa’s first legendary hero. The totem was later passed down to Tantu’s descendants until it reached the McCabes.
Growing up in a small African village, Mari Jiwe McCabe heard the legend of the “Tantu Totem” from her parents. She was the daughter of Reverend Richard Jiwe, the village priest, who was her sole caretaker, as poachers, lead by a man named Kwesi, killed her mother years ago. Reverend Jiwe himself was killed by his half-brother (Mari’s uncle) General Maksai. Makasai wanted the Tantu Totem, which had been in Reverend Jiwe’s possession.
Now orphaned, she fled to America. She set up an identity for herself as Mari McCabe and used her beauty to become a well-known fashion model in New York City. She used her newfound wealth to travel the world. On a trip back to Africa, she came across her uncle, and stole back the Tantu Totem, using its power to become the Vixen.
Jill Carlyle (Crimson Avenger)
A criminal attorney who purchased the pistols of the original Crimson Avenger at a pawn shop to use upon someone she deemed guilty of a crime that she failed to convict him of. Once she dispatched him she became enslaved to the weapons, becoming their vessel, so to speak. An ever-bleeding and painful bullet wound manifested in the center of her chest as a chilling emblem of the new Crimson Avenger. Instead of a mask she wears a crimson blindfold over her eyes in tribute to Lady Justice. She apparently has the powers of teleportation and ethereal intangibility. She also gains the memories and skills of the individual she is currently “avenging”. Whether these skills become permanent or are merely temporary is unknown. It is to be assumed that Lee Travis’s skills have automatically been transferred to Jill, the current “wielder”.
She appears in 25 issues (JSA)
After her parents were murdered in the rubble of a plane crash, Ororo Munro began life as a thief with a severe case of claustrophobia, until she was worshiped as a goddess in a tribe in Africa. After Professor Charles Xavier recruited her for his X-Men, Ororo matured to the point of leading them, fighting for the peaceful coexistence of mutants and humans most of her life. She’s been the object of many powerful men’s obsession including Black Panther, Arkon the Imperion, Dracula, and Dr. Doom. Splitting leadership with Cyclops, Ororo eventually formed the splinter group, X-Treme X-Men, while searching for the future-telling Destiny's diaries. After receiving government sanction for her team, becoming the X-Treme Sanctions Executive, Storm eventually came to be Queen of Wakanda for a time, by way of marrying the Black Panther, but her marriage ended during the Avengers vs X-Men conflict. With her mutant power to manipulate the forces that govern weather, enabling her to summon wind, rain, sleet, snow, and even lightning at will, Storm is the powerful Headmistress of the Jean Grey School and remains a stalwart veteran X-Man.
The daughter of Black Lighting, Anissa was told she couldn’t pursue the family business until she graduated college. On the day she did she took on the name Thunder and soon joined Roy and Dick’s team. Thunder’s abilities came into question she was forced to prove herself when the team was reporting to Batman. Thunder was in a relationship with fellow Outsider Grace Choi. Unfortunately was injured during the events following Batman’s death and is in a coma.
Ladyhawk/Regina and Rosetta Morgan
These twins that began their crime fighting career in a very unlikely way. Their father, Mr. Morgan, is a upper level criminal/mobster that was encountering resistance from the super hero of the streets, Falcon; Sam Wilson that would grow to become a heated rivalry. This would be the ember that would start the wildfire known as Ladyhawk. Mr. Morgan would finally find success and end the battling between himself and Falcon when he killed Falcon. His daughters were witnessed the act and decided then that they had to do something. Before they could though, their parents would divorce and the girls would be separated. One would stay with their father and the other would leave with their mother. This would only hinder then slightly as they would shortly regroup and join forces creating the costumed crime fighter known as Ladyhawk. They trained regularly and became very skilled martial artists and mastered many different weapons. They even created shurikens shaped like falcons in remembrance of the fallen hero. On top of that they based their costume design on one of Falcon’s very first costumes.
Once done they started their war on crime. During their time fighting crime they even joined the team the New Warriors. The quite almost as soon as they joined, finding that they we better fit as solo warriors. As a rule they never went on field together. They wanted the public to believe that it was only one girl, not too. That also meant that if one was no longer able to preform as Ladyhawk, the other would take over. Even though they had a plan set in the event that this happened they never thought it would happen. During a heated battle Rosetta was badly injured, nearly dieing. She would be paralyzed and wheelchair-bound. This would change the situation a bit. Regina then took over full-time duties and Ladyhawk, while Rosetta stuck to her computer knowledge to aid her sister any way she could. Shortly after the incident they found that the attack on Rosetta originated from their father Mr. Morgan. It was then that they focused their rage on their father and his downfall.
A dark-skinned Amazon warrior and ally to Wonder Woman. Originally she was depicted as a long-lost twin toPrincess Diana, but in Post-Crisis continuity she is a subject of Antiope. In addition to her Amazon strength and fighting prowess, she can open dimensional portals and turn enemies to stone with her gaze. Nu’Bia (1999) was later re-imagined as an Amazonian warrior with 3,000 years of combat experience providing her expertise in both hand-to-hand combat as well as with hand-held weapons. As an Amazonian warrior she also possesses immortality, superhuman strength, durability, stamina, agility and enhanced intellect.
Nubia was created by Robert Kanigher and Don Heck, first appearing in Wonder Woman #204. (1973)
Fatality/Yrra Cynril Fatality’s home=-world was destroyed thanks to Green Lantern John Stewart causing her to go on a bloody rampage of revenge against the corps. She later joined the Sinestro Corps and was then recruited into the Star Sapphire Corps. The influence of the Star Sapphire helped Fatality get over the death of her planet and forgive John Stewart and let her move on. Since the start of the new 52 Fatality has been appearing monthly in the New Guardians as the representative of the Star Sapphires but has since been replaced by Carol Ferris. Fatality is one of few black female supervillains and has the strength of a true warrior. She is also one of the main Star Sapphires appearing in the comics.
The only known female Jamaican-born female superhero, was living in Great Britain when guardians of the universe (creators of the Green Lantern) decided to recruit and empower 10 earthlings to be their successors as the “new guardians.”
Under the name Jet, she received the power to absorb and use electromagnetic waves.
Jet has the ability to fly, create blasts of heat and force, and generate an electromagnetic pulse; move and manipulate metal with magnetic fields; fire blasts of electricity; and see in other frequencies of the spectrum besides visible light, such as ultraviolet and infrared.
When manifesting her powers, her hair appears to be on fire though she has no fire-related abilities. MORE FIRE!
She started off as a mercenary known as “Frenzy.” During a mission, Frenzy came head-to-head with the mutant Gambit, and she developed a love-hate relationship with him. She soon joined forces with three other individuals and formed the Alliance of Evil under Apocalypse’s leadership. She stayed with the group and served in several missions, putting her up against the mutant group X-Factor. Her first order from Apocalypse was to capture Rusty Collins and recruit him into their group. Her plan was foiled by X-Factor, and after a heated battle, she fled from feeling overwhelmed. Using a mutant with the ability to enhance others’ powers, Frenzy’s strength and durability made her a difficult foe for the super-heroes, but she was eventually defeated after the death of her power-heightening accomplice.
Silhouette’s father Andrew Chord was a member of a team that found a well-spring of raw, primal energy called the “Well of All Things.” Chord and other members an American recon patrol decided to breed a superior race.
Through the selective breeding, Silhouette was given the ability to teleport herself over short distances on Earth by traveling through the Darkforce dimension. She can “melt” into any shadow or area of darkness, and then reemerge on Earth through another shadow or area of darkness.
She can also open small portals anywhere shadows existed and use them to attack distant enemies by extending her crutches through them.
After her legs were crippled due to injuries inflicted by gunfire, Silhouette received a special pair of combat-capable crutches and leg braces. The crutches included both a hidden electric tazer that can emit charges to stun an adversary, and a slim anesthetic needle injector that delivers paralytic chemicals. The crutches are also equipped with “smoke gas” and metal firing pellets.
Silhouette also has enhanced speed, strength, agility, and sensory perception. She is a superb hand-to-hand combatant and capable martial artist, and master of an unspecified martial art..
She was not letting those crutches stop her from being great. AT ALL!
Misty Knight/Mercedes “Misty" Knight
My favorite costume on the list… she was always fly… she is highly skilled in martial arts and is a proficient hand-to-hand combatant, with police combat training. She also has near-perfect aim with firearms, and possesses superb detective skills. Her bionic arm is superhumanly strong, and she can punch a target with incredible force, or crush objects as tough as steel in her vise-like grip. However, since the rest of her body is not cybernetically enhanced, she cannot lift objects heavier than her back, shoulders, and legs can physically support. Her arm’s advantages as a weapon are limited to kinetic crushing and impact forces.
Monica Rambeau/Captain Marvel/Spectrum
Born and raised in New Orleans, Louisiana. She enlisted into her local police department and quickly rose through the ranks, positioning herself as lieutenant of its Harbor division. While off-duty, she helped a scientist track down an international dictator, who wanted to use a powerful energy machine to take over the United States. After thwarting his plans, she attempted to destroy the machine and was bombarded by extra-dimensional energy. As a result, she gained the ability to turn into any form of energy along the electromagnetic spectrum and discharge it.
Monica Rambeau was created by Roger Stern and John Romita, Jr. Her first comic appearance was in the Amazing Spider-Man Annual #16 (1982).
There are a couple more I would love to add, but I have been compiling this for over an hour. -_-
Do you think Wonder Woman might be attracted to other men besides Steve Trevor?
It’s been known to happen! In the Silver Age, Steve Trevor had a “proper” rival for Diana’s affection in Manno the Merman.
In the early Silver Age, Diana declined Steve’s proposals because she wanted to focus on her career as Wonder Woman. Later, she said no to Steve because she couldn’t decide between him and Manno. As the Silver Age progressed, it got dumber and dumber until…
Steve was killed off and Mod Diana happened, and in this era, she fell in love with a lot of dudes who would always end up being villains. And she’d be like “omg he’s such a MANNNNN wow” and like, that’s fine, but dude not if you are Wonder Woman.
These are all summarily bad examples of times when Diana was not herself (speaking of, don’t forget her and Superman in the New 52).
The master himself, Dr. Marston, would make Diana and Steve occasionally jealous of each other’s interactions with the opposite gender, but they would usually shake it off in good fun. It got pretty intense though in one of my favorite early WonderTrev stories, Sensation Comics #51. Here, Diana meets a secret agent named Speed Ferrett (heh heh heh) and he’s suave and brave enough that she actually starts falling for him.
Look at how awkward Steve is, how amused Etta is, and HOW BEET RED DIANA IS. The reason why I love this issue is because later, Steve chastises himself for being a “jealous fool” and instead plans out how he can help Diana in her pursuit of the counterfeiters (#ForeverEvilARGUSvibes). Happily, we get a satisfying ending and one of the best WonderTrev panels of all time:
Wonder Woman calling herself out for trusting a man.
Steve calling Diana “Angel” and Diana melting at once.
Diana, the person who just lifted a car, calling her emotionally supportive lover “strong” and thus celebrating non-toxic masculinity.
Muah. Beautiful. So yes, Diana is attracted to other people sometimes, but at the end of the day, Steve is THE ONE. That’s why I ship him with my queen. Thanks for the question!
This next comic was
definitely bought for my brother Ken. There was a period of about a year where
he was interested in war comics, and bought a small bunch of them. At that
stage, I really had no interest in war comics, or war in general, and so I
didn’t pay them much mind, despite the consistently-excellent artwork that
filled their pages. Not my thing–I was a super hero purist through and
through. But during this era, DC’s military comics still enjoyed robust sales,
and there were definitely other kids in the neighborhood who partook of them
from time to time.
The lead story features the Haunted Tank, a
quasi-supernatural war series about a Tank Commander in World War II named Jeb
Stuart, whose tank is haunted by the spirit of the similarly-named Confederate
General, whom only Stuart can see and hear. Or else he’s just crazy, cracked up
from the pressures of fighting the war. Regardless, the combination of military
heroics and ghostly shenanigans made the Haunted Tank a long-running and
This story, like most of DC’s war comics, was written by Bob Kanigher. Kanigher was a bit of a character, simultaneously dismissive of the medium in which he toiled but also ultimately confident in his own skills and ability. His war stories often followed something of a formula, with either some object or some new character entering the sphere of the main recurring cast and showcasing them and the ultimate futility of war. I couldn’t hazard a guess as to how many such stories Kanigher wrote for the DC war books, but it must number in the thousands.
In this instance, the Haunted Tank is in Northern France, and tasked with retrieving the Lamb of Lamaux, despite not being able to make out what it is in the fragmented broadcast through which they get their orders. General Stuart’s ghost warns Jeb to guard the Lamb from the Tiger. As the Tank moves through fight after fight, it takes on additional passengers–a kid with a pet lamb as well as a mother and baby from Lamaux. And they’re stalked by an enemy Tiger tank, and forced to take evasive action, their smaller armaments unable to pierce the enemy’s armor.
Upon reaching Lamaux, Jeb lures the enemy into a nearby storefront, where it crashes through the floorboards which are too weak to support its 50-ton weight. Then Jeb lobs grenades into the exposed Tiger from the rooftop, destroying it. And it turns out that lamb isn’t the child’s pet, but a priceless portion of a stained glass window that depicts a lamb, which the young mother has concealed as her baby the whole time.
Next came the Daily Planet page, which gave me the heads up that I should start watching my mailbox, as new issues of both FLASH and JUSTICE LEAGUE OF AMERICA were about to be released. Additionally, buried in the Lola Barnett gossip column was the news that JUSTICE LEAGUE was going to be expanding to become an oversized giant series on a regular basis, with exclusively all-new material. This was a pretty exciting development, though I worried about how this change would affect my subscription.
The back-up story was a tail of the O.S.S., a series that served as a bit of a catch-all, with no continuing characters. There isn’t much plot–an O.S.S. operative in North Africa discovers that is contact has been discovered and killed, and so his mission to locate Rommel’s supply line is scotched. But as he survives a series of encounters as he escapes the area, the spy eventually comes upon Rommel’s secreted fuel depot in a graveyard, allowing the Allies to deprive him of it and stage a counter-attack. As World War II was ancient history to me, even though it had only been a bit over thirty years, I never could quite grasp the stakes in stories such as these–and so, it just read to me as a series of events without any particular outcome of note. Decently crafted, but nothing I wanted to read on a regular basis.
Hey kid, wanna know the history of Wonder Woman? The whole messy lot of it, not just the very start?
Wanna know HOW her books ended up the biggest mess in the entire comics industry? Big clues as to why her movie took so long to make?
It has feminism, racism, sexism, blasphemy, infanticide, and bees…
Wonder Woman was created by Dr. William Moulton
Marston, noted psychologist, inventor of the lie detector, writer, and feminist. He secretly lived in a polyamorous relationship
with two women
who helped him come up with Wonder Woman: his wife, Elizabeth Marston, and Olive Byrne, daughter of the major women’s rights crusader Ethel Byrne (known for helping her sister, Margaret Sanger, to create Planned Parenthood). He was heavily influenced by early-twentieth-century
suffragists, birth-control advocates, and
Even putting aside how jaw-droppingly progressive
his woman superhero was, the comics still stand out for how whimsical
they were. Wonder Woman/Diana had an invisible plane and a telepathic radio.
She jousted on a giant battle-kangaroo, and, like all Amazons, enjoyed
deflecting bullets with her bracelets. She
fought Nazis, mad scientists, valkyries, mole-men, tiger-ape hybrids, flying mer-sharks, a subatomic army, and her arch-enemy: Mars, the god of war. She regularly battled aliens well
before it became common for her peers (including Superman, who in those days was usually taking on gangsters and corrupt politicians). When not kicking
back with her mother and sister Amazons she hung out with a short and stout
firecracker of a girl called Etta Candy, a slew of college girls, and an Air
Force pilot named Steve Trevor that was as disaster-prone as Lois Lane. And while later writers said that gods gave her superpowers under Marston everything she could do was just from training real hard.
Analysis often puts attention on some elements that are – let’s not beat around the bush – kinky as hell (like the “bondage” aspect of Wonder Woman typing people up and getting tied up), but just focusing on that is a massive disservice to Marston. Early Wonder Woman comics were far ahead of the curve in sheer quirkiness and how progressive they were in their depiction of women (even stating there would be a woman President one day). It certainly helped that s Marston was often helped by his assistant, 19-year old Joye Hummel (I’ll come back to her in a moment), particularly when his health began deteriorating.