Wonder Woman lassoes 80th year

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Wonder Woman is celebrating her 80th year.

Katelyn Leong '25

DC’s Wonder Woman has been a global icon, a role model, and a hero to millions of people for 80 years. She has made a long lasting impact on society in a multitude of ways, inspiring children and adults alike of all ages and races all over the world.

“I adore the Wonder Woman character. As a girl growing up in the 80s, I was drawn to her physical strength, secret identity, and superhero status. She made girls feel as though they could do anything, and she still does! To me, this is why her character has been so popular for so long. Her backstory is fascinating, too,” said Diana Assereto, long-time avid Wonder Woman fan and one of Riordan’s English teachers.

She was created by William Moulton Marston (pen name: Charles Moulton) and artist Harry G. Peter. Wonder Woman first appeared in All Star Comics #8, which was published on Oct. 21, 1941. The heroine’s first live action appearance was in 1975 on the television series Wonder Woman and was portrayed by Lynda Carter.

She continued to appear in comics, animated series, and animated movies, but it wasn’t until June 2, 2017 that this superhero finally got her very own movie in the critically acclaimed Wonder Woman blockbuster film, portrayed by Gal Gadot.

To celebrate Wonder Woman’s 80th anniversary, DC honored the Princess of Themyscira’s legacy with “Wonder Woman Day,” celebrating with all sorts of festivities. The Comic-Con Character Hall of Fame virtually inducted Wonder Woman on Oct. 21.

In honor of this admired heroine, DC and Warner Bros. also collaborated with the City of Burbank, to unveil a statue of the superhero in

Burbank, CA. The Wonder Woman statue, based on a DC Direct statue by acclaimed Wonder Woman cover artistJenny Frison and digitally sculpted by John Gabriel Mathews, will be revealed in 2022 by Visit Burbank in partnership with DC.

DC continued to celebrate the superhero’s 80th anniversary and her societal impact across comics, film, television with a lineup of new publishing releases, partnerships with international designers and premierpartners, and initiatives.

In addition, the global icon’s 80th anniversary was celebrated all over the world in places like the U.K., Italy, Spain, France, Chile, Brazil, Colombia, Peru, and Ecuador. This shows just how impactful Wonder Woman has been to millions world-wide for 80 years.

Wonder Woman has remained a cultural phenomenon and role model to many people. Her character has blazedthe trail for future heroines to come, continuing to inspire and remaining the beacon of hope to many, whether itbe on a comic book page or on the silver screen.

Not only is it her character that makes Wonder Woman so iconic and beloved but what she represents: truth, strength, compassion, and justice that inspires people and why so many fans of all genders, ages, and races join together in celebration to say, “Happy 80th Birthday, Wonder Woman!”