|All Star Comics #8 from the Fanboy Library|
In my husband’s vast collection of omnibi, I found the first appearance of Wonder Woman in All Star Comics Volume 2. All Star Comics #8 began by introducing Wonder Woman with, “As lovely as Aphrodite – as wise as Athena – with the speed of Mercury and the strength of Hercules – She is known only as Wonder Woman, but who she is, or whence she came, nobody knows!”
I was a little worried about what I was going to encounter since I just read Wonder Woman: Bondage and Feminism in the Marston/Peter Comics, 1941-1948 by Noah Berlatsky, but it wasn’t as kinky as I thought it would be. Considering that William Marston wrote the comic under the pseudonym Charles Moulton, readers at the time would have been oblivious to Marston’s personal life and his beliefs about sexuality and submission. Without that background information, Wonder Woman isn’t that bad… if readers disregard everything they know about Greek mythology.