DECEMBER 1: Wonder Woman makes her first appea…

365daysoflesbians:

Happy December, everyone! Today we’re
covering the iconic superhero Diana Prince who made her first official appearance
as Wonder Woman in All-Star Comics on
this day in 1941.

The first comic book Wonder Woman ever graced the cover of, Sensation Comics #1, which was released in January of 1942. The tagline reads, “Featuring the sensation new adventure strip character – Wonder Woman!”

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Wonder Woman was first introduced
in December of 1941 in All-Star Comics
#8. She entered during a time known as the “Golden Age of Comic Books” and became an
instant hit. She would appear again in Sensation Comics #1 in January 1942
before being granted her own independent comic book just six months later in
June 1942. The creator of the character, Dr. Dr. William Moulton Marston, wrote
all Wonder Woman stories with H.G. Peter illustrating until his death in
1947.

Ever since her debut, Wonder Woman
has been an icon for women who love women. Her homeland of Themyscira, an
island populated by only women warriors, has long been featured in the daydreams and
in-jokes of lesbians and bisexual women alike. This coding of Wonder Woman became
canonized in 2016 when DC Comics confirmed that Diana Prince has had
relationships with women as well as men. During an interview with Comicosity,
the Wonder Woman comic book writer Greg Rucka said, “[Y]es, [Wonder Woman is
queer]… But an Amazon doesn’t look at another Amazon and say, ‘You’re gay.’
They don’t. The concept doesn’t exist….are we saying Diana has been in love and
had relationships with other women? As Nicola and I approach it, the answer is
obviously yes” (x). Here’s hoping this side of the legendary heroine can make its
way to the big screens someday!

-LC