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Because Wonder Woman without bondage is like peanut butter without jelly

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Because Wonder Woman without bondage is like peanut butter without jelly

TCJ critic Noah Berlatsky is taking an extended look at Wonder Woman over at his blog (part one, part two, part three)  and wondering why she’s had such a rough time of it in the popularity department, at least in comparison to the other big two, Batman and Superman. His conclusion?

Wonder Woman is a the result of a particular idiosyncratic, fetishistic vision. Charles Moulton was more like R. Crumb than he was like Jerry Siegel or Lee/Ditko. As a result, Wonder Woman as icon is essentially a decades long disaster; she’s particular, not universal, and every effort to prove otherwise makes both the perpetrator and the character look ridiculous.

Berlatsky then goes on to castigate some of the artists and writers who attempted to follow in Moulton’s footsteps, though he has some kind words for Mike Sekowsky. I’m curious to see what he’ll have to say about George Perez’s run, which I remember as being pretty good.

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