QUOTE (Darkglobe @ May 21 2011, 09:51 PM)
It's interesting. I copied the Marston essay "Why 100,000,000 Americans Read Comics" from the American Scholar (which is one of the few things that Marston wrote about Wonder Woman outside of the comics that I know of, and is quote from in Trina Robbin's superheroine book), and there is a drawing (which I don't think I had seen before) at the beginning of the piece by HG Peter of Wonder Woman breaking three chains: Prejudice, Prudery, and Man's Superiority. That seems to sum up alot of Wonder Woman's mystique.
Is this article available online anywhere?
I think that most folks can draw Wonder Woman sexy, from the beginning to now, but I agree that I like to see very solid and athletic look on her as opposed to model thin.
I'm all for this with WW and She-Hulk. Unfortunately there's this shameful perception that any woman with any sort of muscle tone on her is "masculine". Frank Cho did a nice job drawing She-Hulk and Valkyrie. For body type, Wonder Woman should be build like an IFBB Figure competitor:
Figure competition is a newer sub-category of Fitness contests; Figure shows exclude the routines round common to Fitness shows. The competitors are judged solely on muscular symmetry and tone; as in Fitness shows, muscle size is downplayed. Figure competitions appeal most to women who want to compete in a body competition, but wish to avoid Fitness shows' additional athletic and creative demands (for the routines round), or bodybuilding's demands for heavy muscle mass.
Here are some examples, pretty ladies in swimwear / fitness clothes warning:Monica BrantJodie MinearOksana Grishina
Do note that when they're not getting pumped up for competitions the veins are less prominent. I'll leave that to your google image searching discretion.
The Gail Simone run sounds interesting - did that scenario with Nemesis happen just before the ill-fated J. Michael S reboot? I may have to track it down.
The Simone run was interesting, but the story where the villain wove the lasso into her body was a bit weird and felt sort of incomplete.
Definately a bondage component in the original run, but at the same time I don't think of it as deviant because I don't think that's how Marston approached it. If it's approached in a deviant manner, I don't think it would quite work out anymore...
Oh for sure, it definitely wouldn't fly today. Marston though was a very "progressive" man, so I do not at all rule out that component being there for his own kink.
At the very least, Marston's proclivities are the perfect defense for a "sexy" Wonder Woman. Note I'm still speaking to a sexy athletic Wonder Woman.
And about the love interest: it should always be Steve Trevor imho, but I think that it's hard to portray a positive & healthy love relationship these days. Most want to see good girls with bad boys. Exhibit A:
Buffy and Angel (bad boy with a dark side) = fans loved it
Buffy and Spike (bad boy who tries to commit a horrible crime to Buffy) = fans love it even more
Buffy and Riely (nice solid guy) = fans hated it for the most part
But does WW really need a love interest? I feel it's forced in the comics because she's a woman. We're talking about the industry that dissolved Spiderman's marriage "because they couldn't tell the stories they wanted to". Which honestly just translates to "This character will never grow and change".
I don't feel like the male characters I'm reading have their relationships forced on them.
A friend and I were discussing our real world war turmoil and musing over alternatives to bombing runs and drone fighters last night. One solution posed was education, and while that's a can of worms to touch on - I think it could make for interesting stories and setting in which Wonder Woman, the emissary of peace from her home land could come into play.
At the very least, I think it's more important that the emphasis on "World Citizen" be placed more upon Wonder Woman than Superman given her origins.
All this typing reminds me that I want to check out that Wonder Woman Encyclopedia.