A friend of mine once complained to me that the trouble with my blog was that it was too journalistic and not personal enough. I don’t know if that is true. I have been a professional journalist since the 1960’s, so, maybe it is and you can’t teach an old dog new tricks. Personally, I hate that old cliche. It is so negative. I believe that I am learning new stuff every day. I even pass on some of it to you in the form of blog posts.
At any rate, in the interest of creating a totally personal blog post, I suggest we all celebrate Wonder Woman’s birthday – today!
October 25 is the day that she debuted to the world within the pages of All-Star Comics #8 back in 1941. Granted, this is not an in-story birth date, but a significant date nonetheless. This is also the debut date of that article in Family Circle magazine where her creator, William Moulton Marston, first talked about comic books. This was the article that got him hired as a consultant to All-American Publications, where he would later create Wondy.
As you all know by now I am an old guy, turning 78 in January. I have been a fan of Wondy since I first ran across her comics back in the mid-1940’s. Like any love, I can’t explain it. I only know that I have loved her stories since then.
In practice, I think she is a wonderful (intended) role model for young girls and women. If you haven’t seen Gal Gadot’s performance in the new Wonder Woman movie, you are missing something. She brings a youth, sweetness and innocence to the role that the redoubtable Lynda Carter didn’t do. Don’t misunderstand, I am not criticizing la Carter, simply making an observation. I would definitely recommend to you if you have a young girl or young woman in your life, that you go see the film together. I promise that neither of you will be disappointed.