Formal Analysis Of Iconic Images: Wonder Woman

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As a little girl, I have always wanted to wield the red, white and blue recognizable costume of a famous heroine. I wanted to wear the tiara with silver metal bracelets and run around, playing with a rope that I would call my “lasso of truth” and immediately state that I was invincible. I, like many other girls, wanted to become the comic book heroine known as Wonder Woman.
Wonder Woman is a figure that is considerable recognizable. She was created in 1941 by a psychologist named William Moulton Marston or Charles Moulton as his pen name (who studied the psychological effects of mass media and the developer of the lie-detector test) . Wonder Woman is known as Princess Diana, the Amazonian warrior from Themyscira . She acquired her powers when Military officer Steve Trevor landed on the island and she had won the title to return him back to the United States . It is noted in all representations of her, that Wonder Woman acts as an ambassador to Themyscira, wearing the colors of the American flag as a pledge to protect Democracy and adopt America as her new homeland . Significantly, Wonder Woman is the first female hero created in the comic book world . Not only does she represents America, she is recognizable iconic through her representations that originated from her origins. For example, this heroine is World War II Veteran, is modeled after feminism and is seen as a sexual icon. Originally intended to bring in a female audience into the comic book world, she seems to bring artist and narrative elements that seems to satisfy all spectators.
The first depiction of the heroine had been debuted in 1941 in All Stars Comic #8, during which the first launch of all comics (Such of Superman and Batman) had been known as the Golden Ages . The comic appeared during the midst of World War II and at this time, a number of comics were being shipped out to American military personnel in order to boost moral through patriotic fervor . Comics became an integral part of allied propaganda machines, emphasizing the need for the maximum war effort by portraying the enemy as the inhuman offspring of a vast and pernicious evil . Wonder Woman was amongst the many comics that displayed this. She was often seen protecting her country from Axis spies and terrorists . For example, in Wonder Woman #2 she is put up against the bloodthirsty pawns of Ares (God of war and mortal enemy), better known as the Nazi’s . The idea of comics used in the war was not only an illustration to boost morality of those overseas but it applied propaganda techniques to children in America. In the film, Comic Book Superheroes Unmasked, the narration states that Wonder Woman urged children to collect scrap metal and paper so it could be used for weapons in order to support the home-front . At this time, Wonder Woman seemed to have become a positive symbol to nationalism and as well as femininity.
It should be noted that Marston had been considered as a feminist. He found that world...

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