What with an actual WOMAN writing Wonder Woman, the media is all up in Diana’s grill. Over at The New York Sun, Grady Hendrix has a comprehensive look, including a clear-eyed analysis of just what it was that creator William Moulton Marston was getting at.
Wonder Woman has had her bottom spanked by glassy-eyed adult babies from Grown-Down Land. She has been rendered helpless by the prehensile moustache of Egg Fu, a 30-foot-tall, communist egg. She has been turned into a gorilla against her will, battled villains as depressing as the Paper Man (who has all the powers of paper) and the Mouse Man (who controls mice with his mind), and her own mother has tried to kill her on more than one occasion. But never before has Wonder Woman faced an enemy as demoralizing as the ones she’s found in 2007 — the 66th year, this month, of her super life.
Meanwhile, Reuters of Singapore interviews new writer Gail Simone and sadly passes on the misstatement that Simone is the first regular woman writer on the book:
Shiny red boots, wasp-thin waist, razor-sharp tiara and big, big hair. Wonder Woman, the world’s top female superhero may be 66 years old, but she’s still got it, Gail Simone, the comic’s author says.
Simone, the character’s self-professed biggest fan, is the comic book’s first ongoing female writer. During a visit to Singapore recently, she told Reuters how the superhero remains an icon of “woman power” nearly 70 years after her creation.
We’ve said it before and we’ll say it again, we still want to see WW in a truly girl-friendly guise, like the notorious proposal by Tintin Pantoja: