DC Comics Renamed "Wonder Women of History" For Political Reasons

Wonder Women of History was a feature that ran in Wonder Woman comics and Sensation Comics from 1942 to 1954. Ranging from one to five pages, each entry tells the story of real women who made a mark on history. The concept was created by US spy, Nazi-fighter, and Wonder Woman's associate editor Alice Marble, who wrote them credited until at least issue #17 when the author stopped receiving credit.

DC Comics Renamed "Wonder Women of History" For Political Reasons
Wonder Women of History on Susan B Anthony by Alice Marble.

They are told in comic panel form from Wonder Woman's perspective. At least 71 entries were produced under the Wonder Women of History title. The final original entry appeared in Wonder Woman #66 after which time it was replaced by features centred around beauty tips or advice on how to get married, such as "Curious Courtships" and "Marriage à la Mode". Well, that was the fifties for you. The articles have not been reprinted since.

DC Comics Renamed "Wonder Women of History" For Political Reasons
DC Comics Renamed "Wonder Women of History" For Political Reasons

But last year, DC announced a revival of that feature as an original graphic anthology in its own right, Wonder Women Of History, showrun by author Laurie Halse Anderson to celebrate "real-world heroes who take up Wonder Woman's iconic mantle and work in the fields of science, social justice activism, politics, and more" with the following list of women to feature, from all-female or non-binary creative teams.

DC Comics Renamed "Wonder Women of History" For Political Reasons



  • "Alexandria Ocasio-Cortez: New Voice of the Nation," written by Lilliam Rivera and drawn by Anastasia Longoria
  • "Ruth Bader Ginsburg: Dissent," written by Lilah Sturges and drawn by Devaki Neogi
  • "Elizabeth Warren: Nevertheless, She Persisted," written and drawn by Renae De Liz

DC Comics Renamed "Wonder Women of History" For Political Reasons

  • "Rashida Tlaib: As American as Kenefeh," written and drawn by Marguerite Dabaie
  • "Teara Fraser: Helping Others Soar," written by Traci Sorell and drawn by Natasha Donovan

DC Comics Renamed "Wonder Women of History" For Political Reasons

  • "Beyoncé," (title not final), written by Mikki Kendall and drawn A. D'Amico
  • "Mari Copeny," (title not final), written by Olugbemisola Rhuday-Perkovich and drawn by Sharee Miller
  • "Edith Windsor: How One Woman's Love Changed a Nation," written by Amanda Deibert and drawn by Cat Staggs
  • "Marsha P. Johnson: The Beauty of a Brick," written by Jadzia Axelrod and drawn and colored by Michaela Washington
  • "Emma Gonzalez: Never Again," written by Kami Garcia and drawn by Igzell
  • "Judith Heumann: How to Ignite a Spark," written by Marieke Nijkamp and drawn by Ashanti Fortson
  • "Ellen Ochoa," (title not final), written by Cecil Castellucci and drawn by Carina Guevara
  • "Shi Zhengli: The Real-Life Bat-Woman Working to Save the World," written by Emily X.R. Pan and drawn by Wendy Xu
  • "Serena Williams: Super Serena–G.O.A.T.," written by Danielle Paige and drawn by Brittney Williams
  • "Tig Notaro: Women Are Funny," written by Sara Farizan and drawn by Nicole Goux
  • "Keiko Agena," (title not final), written by Sarah Kuhn and drawn by Lynn Yoshii
  • "Dominique Dawes: Awesome Dawesome," written by Danny Lore and drawn by Robyn Smith
  • "Janelle Monae: (Android with) Electric Guitar Dreams," written by Vita Ayala, and drawn by O'NeillJones

As well as pinups by Weshoyot Alvitre, Colleen Doran, Agnes Garbowska, Bex Glendining, Ashley A. Woods, and Safiya Zerrougui.

It appears that this was too much for someone at Warners. That the book would be seen as political was one thing, that it would be associated with Wonder Woman was, apparently, another. Decades after Wonder Woman became an iconic figure of the seventies feminist movement on the front cover of the first issue of Ms Magazine, from 1972 with her running for President of the USA, apparently these days Wonder Woman and modern politics don't mix.

DC Comics Renamed "Wonder Women of History" For Political Reasons

As a result, Wonder Woman has been stripped from the title. Originally planned to be published alongside the release of the Wonder Woman 1984 movie, it has been kicked from December 2020 into September 2021 instead and has now been renamed Wonderful Women of History. DC's statement that the book is moving to 2021 to "align with Wonder Woman's 80th-anniversary celebration" is a little disingenuous given that her name is no longer in the title –  and the history of that title was actually part of Wonder Woman's history.

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About Rich Johnston

Founder of Bleeding Cool. The longest-serving digital news reporter in the world, since 1992. Author of The Flying Friar, Holed Up, The Avengefuls, Doctor Who: Room With A Deja Vu, The Many Murders Of Miss Cranbourne, Chase Variant. Lives in South-West London, works from Blacks on Dean Street, shops at Piranha Comics. Father of two. Political cartoonist.
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