Real Name: Princess Diana of Themyscira
First Appearance: All Star Comics #8 (December, 1941)
Powers: Flight, Superhuman Strength, Speed, Durability and Longevity. Hand-to-Hand Combat, Possesses Lasso of Truth
Affiliation: Justice League of America, Justice Society of America
Love Interests: Steve Trevor, Batman, Superman
Enemies: Ares, Cheetah
Did You Know: Wonder Woman was created by a man who had two wives
A Little History
Wonder Woman’s story is one that is moulded from clay…literally.
Diana is the daughter of Queen Hippolyta and was the first child born on Paradise Island. Paradise Island has been the home of the Immortal Amazon women for 3000 years and in its existence, a child has never been born there.
The Amazons had been created in and around 1200 BC when the Greek Goddesses drew out the souls of all the women that had been murdered by men. Of all the souls, one would be left behind and this one would become Diana.
In the late 20th Century, the Queen of the Amazons was ordered to use some clay from the shores of the island and mould it into the form of a baby girl. From there, Six Members of the Greek Pantheon bonded the left behind soul to the clay. Each of the Six Members the bestowed the baby a gift. These gifts would include “great strength, wisdom and courage, a hunter’s heart and a communion with animals, beauty and a loving heart, sisterhood with fire, speed and the power of flight.”
Just like an All-Girls School, Diana grew up around nothing but sisters and mothers.
Things would change when Diana would find and rescue a fallen soldier named Steve Trevor. She brought him back to her island and helped him recover. During this time she fell for Steve.
Eventually, the Gods ordered that a woman must be sent into the man’s world to put an end to the World War that was going on and to prevent any such things from happening again. The Queen held a contest to see who would go but forbade Diana from participating. Upset, Diana took on a disguise and participated anyway. Unmatched in her abilities, she easily won.
Before departing for the mainland, she was given some items. These included her Indestructible Bracelets, her Royal Tiara, the Lasso of Truth, and an Invisible Airplane that she could control telepathically.
On her way back, she and Steve apprehended a Japanese enemy who they tied up using the Lasso of Truth. Once tied, the enemy gave up his secrets. Steve would immediately tell his superiors his secrets and be promoted.
Diana followed Steve around under the guise of a nurse. It was because of this that she was able to learn the military secrets and figure out where she was needed next. Eventually, she would become Steve’s assistant and it wouldn’t be long until he would figure out that his assistant and the Wonder Woman were the same.
- Born from clay
- Given tremendous power
- Rescues a man from doom and brings him to the All-Woman’s Island
- Takes part in a competition to see who would bring order to the mainland
- Wins competition
- Helps Steve get promoted
- Becomes a nurse
- Becomes Steve’s assistant
- Steve isn’t as dumb as you think
- Founding member of the Justice League of America