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Would Be Watcher

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Kurt Busiek

Subj: I have a question, if you don't mind...
Posted: Tue Jan 09, 2007 at 01:33:23 pm EST
Reply Subj: Re: Byrne post on Superman, Wonder Woman and invulnerability
Posted: Mon Jan 08, 2007 at 05:56:54 pm EST (Viewed 2 times)

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> > It has struck me as odd for a long time, that Marsden created Wonder Woman to be a "female Superman", yet gave hardly any of his powers. No flight, no invulnerbility, no vision powers, etc. She got speed and super strength, but she got seriously short changed on the rest.
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> Anyone else think DC’s lawsuits over Wonder Man and Captain Marvel might’ve had something to do with that?

I doubt it. Probably more that Marston didn't mean "female Superman" to mean a physical analogue with the same kind of powers, but an analogue in stature, in the ability to attract a female audience's admiration, and to inspire them.

Marston treated Wonder Woman as if he physical abilities were the result of mental and physical training, and something any girl could do if she worked hard enough. I don't think he wanted her simply to be physically superior due to an accident of birth (or even magic).

He just treated the upper limits of human capability rather mythically...

kdb

> > > It has struck me as odd for a long time, that Marsden created Wonder Woman to be a "female Superman", yet gave hardly any of his powers. No flight, no invulnerbility, no vision powers, etc. She got speed and super strength, but she got seriously short changed on the rest.
> >
> > Anyone else think DC’s lawsuits over Wonder Man and Captain Marvel might’ve had something to do with that?
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> I doubt it. Probably more that Marston didn't mean "female Superman" to mean a physical analogue with the same kind of powers, but an analogue in stature, in the ability to attract a female audience's admiration, and to inspire them.
>
> Marston treated Wonder Woman as if he physical abilities were the result of mental and physical training, and something any girl could do if she worked hard enough. I don't think he wanted her simply to be physically superior due to an accident of birth (or even magic).
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> He just treated the upper limits of human capability rather mythically...
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> kdb

...reading about Wonder Woman's characterisation made me think about the artistic liberties and limits. How free are you to depict iconic characters like superman? Do you have obligations beside the obvious of not ruining the character's marketable value?

Thank you in advance \:\-D


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