2016 47c Wonder Woman
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As the world was at war in the early 1940s, comic books came under fire for promoting violence. While some called for comics to be banned, one with the wise and mighty Wonder Woman.
That man was psychologist William M. Marston. In response to the outcry, Marston published his own thoughts – he saw “great educational potential in comics.” Marston’s article got the attention of comics publisher Max Gaines, who encouraged him to develop a new character. At his wife’s suggestion, Marston chose to create a female superhero. However, even though she possessed Superman’s strength, she would resolve her problems with love instead of her fists.
And so, in December 1941, Wonder Woman made her debut in All Star Comics #8. She then made her first cover appearance a month later on Sensation Comics #1 and received her very own comic later in 1942.
Early on, Wonder Woman was often depicted tied up or in chains. Marston, who had long been interested in women’s suffrage, used the chains to show Wonder Woman’s strength in emancipating herself from the control of men. This made her an empowering figure for girls of all ages.
Today, Wonder Woman is one of the world’s most popular superheroes, appearing in a variety of media, most notably the 1970s television show. In 2016, Wonder Woman made her big-screen debut, introducing her to a whole new generation. More than 75 years after her creation, Wonder Woman continues to fulfill Marston’s dream of showing girls that they can do anything.
Issued: October 7, 2016
First Day City: New York, NY
Type of Stamp: First Class Mail
Printed by: Banknote Corporation of America
Method: Offset, Microprint
Quantity Printed: 60,000,000
This issue marks the 75th anniversary of the world-famous female super hero from DC Comics. The Wonder Woman of four eras is depicted in comic book form.