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  1. Wonder Woman: Bondage and Feminism in the Marston/Peter Comics, 1941-1948 (Comics Culture)
    Wonder Woman: Bondage and Feminism in the Marston/Peter Comics, 1941-1948 (Comics Culture)
    Wonder Woman: Bondage and Feminism in the Marston/Peter Comics, 1941-1948 (Comics Culture)
    Wonder Woman: Bondage and Feminism in the Marston/Peter Comics, 1941-1948 (Comics Culture)
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  2. Wonder Woman: Bondage and Feminism in the Marston/Peter Comics, 1941-1948 (Comics Culture)

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William Marston was an unusual man—a psychologist, a soft-porn pulp novelist, more than a bit of a carny, and the (self-declared) inventor of the lie detector. He was also the creator of Wonder Woman, the comic that he used to express two of his greatest passions: feminism and women in bondage. 

Comics expert Noah Berlatsky takes us on a wild ride through the Wonder Woman comics of the 1940s, vividly illustrating how Marston’s many quirks and contradictions, along with the odd disproportionate composition created by illustrator Harry Peter, produced a comic that was radically ahead of its time in terms of its bold presentation of female power and sexuality. Himself a committed polyamorist, Marston created a universe that was friendly to queer sexualities and lifestyles, from kink to lesbianism to cross-dressing. Written with a deep affection for the fantastically pulpy elements of the early Wonder Womancomics, from invisible jets to giant multi-lunged space kangaroos, the book also reveals how the comic addressed serious, even taboo issues like rape and incest. 

Wonder Woman: Bondage and Feminism in the Marston/Peter Comics 1941-1948 reveals how illustrator and writer came together to create a unique, visionary work of art, filled with bizarre ambition, revolutionary fervor, and love, far different from the action hero symbol of the feminist movement many of us recall from television.

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Specifications

Country
USA
Author
Noah Berlatsky
Binding
Paperback
EAN
9780813564180
ISBN
0813564182
IsEligibleForTradeIn
1
Label
Rutgers University Press
Manufacturer
Rutgers University Press
MPN
black & white illustrations
NumberOfItems
1
NumberOfPages
264
PartNumber
black & white illustrations
PublicationDate
2015-01-02
Publisher
Rutgers University Press
ReleaseDate
2014-12-08
Studio
Rutgers University Press
Most Helpful Customer Reviews

I first read this book in manuscript while preparing to teach a course on superheroes and was a fan from the first pages. I didn’t realize, however, exactly how much I appreciated Noah Belatsky’s exploration of Wonder Woman until I read Jill Lepore’s recent “secret history” of the character and her creators.

Like Lepore, Berlatsky explores how these early superhero comics are connected to the broader histories of feminism, pacifism, and sexuality. Unlike the longer history, though, Berlatsky does not just reduce Marston and Wonder Woman to expressions of larger historical or cultural discourses. Berlatsky, as a writer and a thinker, is strongly committed to exploring what makes the Marston/Peter “Wonder Woman” comic books unique, idiosyncratic, experimental, and strange – that is, what turns them into expressions of unconventional and truly queer genius.

Berlatsky digs deep into Marston’s playful and... Read more
Berlatsky's examination of William Marsden's early Wonder Woman comics, framed by a contemporary understanding of gender studies, is a passionate, well-written exploration of an under-examined time and place. In tackling the subject, Berlatsky upends many conventional assumptions about how people viewed power and sexuality at a time more associated with hetero-normative standards and big band music.

I was reminded at times of Ed Wood's story, and how (in certain ways) open the society of 1940s America was, with the war and then later returning veterans and a sense of moral possibility, culturally and narratively - reflected in the occasional studies of and movies about that time period. Oftentimes the impulse is to conflate WWII and post-WWII with the early 1950s, which was, in many ways, a reaction to that time - there was a sense that America had gone off the rails, and that the communists, who now had nuclear capabilities, were going to overcome us because of what was... Read more
Finally, a book that truly treats comics like the complicated, rich art form that it is.

Its focus on William Marston and Harry J Peter's original run of the Wonder Woman comics is a great choice-- these stories were some of the most surreal, wondrous and provocative comics published in the history of the medium.

This book provides a deep reading of several issues of the original Wonder Woman run, with high quality images of the pages. The author enriches his initial analysis by drawing on diverse theories of gender, sexuality, family relations, violence and heroism, which illustrate how deeply this comic considered the role, responsibilities and identity of a female superhero.

Best of all, the author is willing to meet the Wonder Woman creators on their own terms. The original Wonder Woman comics had a lot of daring subject matter, and rather than dismiss or lampoon it, Berlatsky bravely celebrates and honors the creator's gutsy (and raunchy) vision... Read more
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