The Great Women Superheroes

Trina Robbins

in The Superhero Reader

Published by University Press of Mississippi

Published in print June 2013 | ISBN: 9781617038068
Published online March 2014 | e-ISBN: 9781621039549 | DOI:
The Great Women Superheroes

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This chapter details the creation of the character Wonder Woman and analyzes what she meant to readers in the 1940s. It also disputes the tendency of recent fan historians and scholars to denigrate Wonder Woman or to misrepresent her popularity with female readers. The chapter introduces the issue of reader response, a crucial question when dealing with the superhero genre because the feedback of fans has strongly influenced the developments of the genre.

Keywords: superheroes; Wonder Woman; superhero genre; female readers; reader response; comics; fans

Chapter.  3302 words. 

Subjects: Literary Studies (20th Century onwards)

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