W is for — Wonder Woman, superheroine from DC Comics
Warrior, superhero, Amazon princess. The character of Princess Diana of Themyscira, aka Wonder Woman, was created by psychologist William Moulton Marston and published in DC Comics in the early 1940s. In the original story arc, she is the daughter of Hippolyte, Amazon queen, who presides over the race of warrior women on Paradise Island (Themyscira). Diana’s life changes forever when Captain Steve Trevor crashes his plane on the island. While nursing him back to health, Diana falls in love with him. She wins the right to take Trevor back to the world of Men and remains in that world, fighting evil.
As a member of the Justice League, Wonder Woman fights alongside Superman, Batman, and a host of other superheroes, battling villains with her super strength and speed and hand-to-hand combat skills, as well as her Lasso of Truth, indestructible bracelets, and boomerang-like, razor-sharp tiara.
Though I’ve never been a huge fan of the superhero genre, Wonder Woman was my one exception. I followed her storyline in the Justice League and Super Friends cartoons as a kid, and later enjoyed the TV series that aired from 1975 to 1979 with Lynda Carter.
I love Wonder Woman’s strength and her ability to take care of herself. No damsel in distress is she. She can kick butt with the best of them, yet she’s also warm, caring, and compassionate toward the human race, and tirelessly works to protect them from the never-ending evils of the world. A worthy superhero, indeed.