Wonder Woman Unbound: The Curious History of the World's Most Famous Heroine


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$23.99  $22.07
Chicago Review Press
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5.9 X 8.9 X 0.8 inches | 1.0 pounds

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About the Author

Tim Hanley is a comic book historian. He writes a blog, Straitened Circumstances, that discusses Wonder Woman and women in comics, and his monthly column, "Gendercrunching," runs on www.bleedingcool.com. He has also written several articles for the Tumblr magazine DC Women Kicking Ass.


"There's plenty here for Wonder Woman fans; Hanley writes with clarity and enthusiasm, and he's got a fine eye for the goofy absurdities of comic-book narratives..." --Salon.com
"I've never seen more information about Wonder Woman than in Wonder Woman Unbound! Author Tim Hanley tells us everything we've never asked about Wonder Woman because it simply never occurred to us: from her mythic Golden Age origins through her dismal Silver Age years as a lovesick romance comic character, and worse yet, when she lost her costume and powers in the late 1960s. Our favorite Amazon's saga becomes upbeat again with the 1970s advent of Gloria Steinem and Ms Magazine, and Lynda Carter's unforgettable portrayal of her on television. And it's all told with a dollop of humor, thanks, Tim!"- Trina Robbins, author of Pretty in Ink, North American Women Cartoonists from 1896 to 2013
"A useful companion history that's good at placing the character in the setting of her comic-franchise peers." --New York Review of Books
"An entertaining and informative read. [Hanley] helpfully situates his subject in the universe of superhero comics and ably describes what made her seem unique and powerful to readers in her early years." --Library Journal

"Wonder Woman is the sum of her parts, and all of those parts should be examined thoroughly--something this book does very well." --Bust

"A lively and important examination of a key feminist icon." --Booklist

"Bondage, polyamory, lab coats, comic books, feminism: this story has everything. It's weird and complicated, but at least it has a good interpreter in Hanley." --Chicago Reader

"...the author offers a compelling and insightful consideration of a cultural icon that has endured and engaged with the culture for many decades without ever truly being known. A richly detailed, often-surprising work of comic-book scholarship." --Kirkus