William Marston was an unusual man—a psychologist, a soft-porn pulp novelist, more than a bit of a carny, and the (self-declared) inventor of the lie detector. He was also the creator of Wonder Woman, the comic that he used to express two of his greatest passions: feminism and women in bondage. Comics expert Noah Berlatsky takes us on a wild ride through the Wonder Woman comics of the 1940s, vividly illustrating how Marston’s many quirks and contradictions, along with the odd disproportionate composition created by illustrator Harry Peter, produced a comic that was radically ahead of its time in terms of its bold presentation of female power and sexuality. Himself a committed polyamorist, Marston created a universe that was friendly to queer sexualities and lifestyles, from kink to lesbianism to cross-dressing. Written with a deep affection for the fantastically pulpy elements of the early Wonder Womancomics, from invisible jets to giant multi-lunged space kangaroos, the book also reveals how the comic addressed serious, even taboo issues like rape and incest. Wonder Woman: Bondage and Feminism in the Marston/Peter Comics 1941-1948 reveals how illustrator and writer came together to create a unique, visionary work of art, filled with bizarre ambition, revolutionary fervor, and love, far different from the action hero symbol of the feminist movement many of us recall from television.
Commentary (novels not included). Chapters: A Clockwork Orange, The Man in the High Castle, The IPCRESS File, Pale Fire, Lilies of the Field, A Wrinkle in Time, Something Wicked This Way Comes, One Flew Over the Cuckoo's Nest, One Day in the Life of Ivan Denisovich, Seven Days in May, Fire on the Mountain, After Doomsday, Gambit, The Prime of Miss Jean Brodie, The Spy Who Loved Me, Island, The Mirror Crack'd from Side to Side, Hothouse, Service with a Smile, Harm's Way, Beebo Brinker, Space Apprentice, The Wanting Seed, Cover Her Face, Fail-Safe, Little Fuzzy, King Rat, We Have Always Lived in the Castle, A Key to the Suite, The Drowned World, Letting Go, Woman in the Dunes, The Reivers, Another Country, Ship of Fools, The Twelve and the Genii, The Girl, the Gold Watch & Everything, The Garden of the Finzi-Continis, The Satan Bug, Worlds of the Imperium, Down There on a Visit, A Murder of Quality, The Golden Notebook, Big Sur, The Kindly Ones, The Thin Red Line, Necromancer, The Death of Artemio Cruz, Escape Attempt, The Bull from the Sea, The Planet Savers, The World in Winter, The Hoodwinkers, The Clue of the Screeching Owl, The Ticket That Exploded, Hornblower and the Hotspur, The Old Capital, The Time of the Doves, Secret Agent of Terra, Owls in the Family, In Evil Hour, Explosion in a Cathedral, The Girl Hunters, The Great Explosion, A Girl from L beck, The Clue of the Dancing Puppet, The Rose of Tibet, The Golden Rendezvous, Five Have a Mystery to Solve, The Philosophical Corps, The Sword of Aldones, The Demoniacs, The Cry of the Owl, The Well Dressed Explorer, The Sand Pebbles, Cleopatra, Murderers' Row, A Shade of Difference, The Silencers, The Jewels of Aptor, The Cupboard Under the Stairs, The Nonesuch, The Super Barbarians, Memoirs of a Spacewoman, Caravans, The Night in Lisbon, Portrait of a Young Man Drowning, Aura, The Hunter, Miners Hill, Dead Cert, Maria Light, Life at the Top, Bomarzo, Ginger You're Barmy, On the Way Home, Expedition Venus, Mi...