Wonder Woman is about to receive an honor very few actual human beings have received, much less fictional characters! In honor of her 75th anniversary, the United Nations will hold a ceremony at its New York City headquarters on October 21, to declare it Wonder Woman Day and among those in attendance will be the real woman who helped beam the hero’s comic book exploits into millions of homes, Lynda Carter. Carter, of course, played the flagship DC hero on the hit TV series which originally aired on ABC for its first season, then for three more on CBS. It has been in syndication off and on ever since and is now available on home video. It has also inspired a comic book series ‘Wonder Woman ’77’ set within the show’s continuity.
The role remains Carter’s main claim to fame, but she has worked steadily since, both in live action acting, voice acting for countless animated and video game projects and as a touring singer. The entire time, Carter, a former Miss World USA– who doesn’t appear to have aged more than a year since leaving the role– has continued to embrace the character, that for which she stands and of course, the still devoted fanbase.
“Wonder Woman taught women to be who you are. I have received the greatest letters from people telling me what an inspiration she was to them because she represents an inner strength every woman has… To honor Wonder Woman and women all over the world is just amazing.”
Carter will appear in an undisclosed number of episodes of the new season of ‘Supergirl’ which kicks off on The CW this coming Monday night at 8pm EST. Though her character may not have super strength or a Golden Lasso, she will still be incredibly powerful– Carter will play the President of the United States!
It’s coincidental that Wonder Woman will be honored by the United Nations, as in the comic books, her alter ego, Diana Prince worked for that international alliance for many years.
Wonder Woman was created by psychiatrist William Moulton Marston (inventor of the polygraph lie detector, surely an influence on the Lasso of Truth), who wanted her to be as physically powerful as her male counterparts, but to also exemplify love, compassion, and peace.
Marston’s creation first twirled into comics in December 1941’s ‘All Star Comics’ #8 before leaping into not just one but TWO comics in which she was the star attraction, ‘Wonder Woman’ and ‘Sensation Comics’. This was not just impressive, but nearly unheard of! Prior to this, only Batman and Superman headlined their own comics! She has remained popular throughout the years, outlasting countless other superheroes.
Expect lots of additional celebrations and merchandise in honor of the character’s 75th anniversary. The US Postal Service is issuing a set of commemorative stamps and, of course, in June Gal Gadot assumes the role in the llive-actionsolo movie.
Can you think of any other ways to honor Wonder Woman’s milestone?
Source: Closer Weekly