Wonder Woman - Diana Prince
Born (or created, being brought to life from a statue like Galatea) on Paradise Island and raised among an all-female populace who both despise and are constantly interested in men, Diana Prince falls in love with a mortal man (Steve Trevor) who is plane-wrecked there, and mayhem ensues.
The creation of William Moulton Marston (and his wife Elizabeth) and loaded down with an intentionally heavy baggage of 1940s psychology, this DC Comics character has been running non-stop since the character first appeared in All Star Comics #8 in 1941. (Wonder Woman #1 began Summer 1942)
Various versions of Wonder Woman have been used in DC Comics over the years, with different personalities attached to the name, but historically all versions eventually return to the original Diana Prince as Wonder Woman. Sometimes in the past she has been also described as Wonder Girl, though that character is now a stand-alone figure in the DC Comics pantheon.
Despite the trends of fashion that periodically change the personalities (and outfits) of characters owned by the comic book companies, the character of Wonder Woman/Diana Prince stays relatively the same: she is honest, brave, able to brawl with anyone within comicdom, and she exudes maternal attitudes and sensitivity.
An antecedent to Diana Prince / Wonder Woman is the character Brumhilde (also spelled Brynhildr), a warrior woman with special skills (and a Queen) trapped in a castle populated entirely by other warrior women in the ancient Siegfried saga of Northern Europe (Brumhilde may be directly related to an actual person, the Visigoth princess Brunhilda of Austrasia, circa 560 AD).
Another obvious link for Diana Princess would be the mythological Greek character of Diana the Huntress.
Wonder Woman's emphasis on honesty and dedication to a mission, along with her military skills and Western value system also connects her to the more recent historical character of Joan of Arc.
Probably the most famous rendition of Wonder Woman is the 3-season long television series which featured Lynda Carter in the title role. The most recent person to play Wonder Woman onscreen is Gal Gadot.
Wonder Woman 75 Year Logo
June 2016: DC Comics is using 2017 to commemorate the 75 year anniversary of Wonder Woman, with a special logo and announcements about a continuing franchise of superhero feature films. Presumably there will be a lot of Diana Prince licensing and merchandising accompanying this.
Wonder Woman 1973 (Nick Cardy art)
From the cover of Secret Origins #3, July-August 1973, Nick Cardy's Wonder Woman.
Use of the term "Wonder Woman"
Calling someone a "Wonder Woman" predates Marston's creation by decades. For example, the term shows up in "The Illustrious Client" by Sir Arthur Conan Doyle, published in 1924 in the 12-story collection The Casebook of Sherlock Holmes stories. The story itself is set in 1902.
“I did not understand that you were merely an intermediary. Who is the principal?”
“Mr. Holmes, I must beg you not to press that question. It is important that I should be able to assure him that his honoured name has been in no way dragged into the matter. His motives are, to the last degree, honourable and chivalrous, but he prefers to remain unknown. I need not say that your fees will be assured and that you will be given a perfectly free hand. Surely the actual name of your client is immaterial?”
“I am sorry,” said Holmes. “I am accustomed to have mystery at one end of my cases, but to have it at both ends is too confusing. I fear, Sir James, that I must decline to act.”
Our visitor was greatly disturbed. His large, sensitive face was darkened with emotion and disappointment.
“You hardly realize the effect of your own action, Mr. Holmes,” said he. “You place me in a most serious dilemma for I am perfectly certain that you would be proud to take over the case if I could give you the facts, and yet a promise forbids me from revealing them all. May I, at least, lay all that I can before you?”
“By all means, so long as it is understood that I commit myself to nothing.”
“That is understood. In the first place, you have no doubt heard of General de Merville?”
“De Merville of Khyber fame? Yes, I have heard of him.”
“He has a daughter, Violet de Merville, young, rich, beautiful, accomplished, a wonder-woman in every way. It is this daughter, this lovely, innocent girl, whom we are endeavouring to save from the clutches of a fiend.”
“Baron Gruner has some hold over her, then?”
Scooby Doo Team-Up - Wonder Woman
More Scooby Doo
Superman and Wonder Woman argue over capital punishment from Justice League #22 - read more of the sequence.
Superman - Wonder Woman
Trapped and facing dire choices, DIana Prince and Clark Kent use the only way out available: splitting an atom using Wonder Woman's sword. Story by Charles Soule and art by Tony Daniel.
Infinite Crisis Wonder Woman
Wonder Woman - Lynda Carter
Wonder Woman transformation sequence - TV Series
See entire sequence, Season One, with Lynda Carter
Wonder Woman Pop Media
Wonder Woman 'New 52' era
Amazonia Wonder Woman Elseworlds Graphic Novel
Original Wonder Woman Comics
Summer 1942 - February 1986
Wonder Woman co-starring Comics
Batman and Robin All Stars #5, July 2007, Wonder Woman "Men always make a mess out of everything"
Wonder Woman Miscellaneous
Original Page Sept 2011 | Updated April 2016
Wonder Woman Cape Knee High Socks 1 x 1in