We know there’s quite a big DC Comics fandom here on Tumblr, so we are hoping you’ll do us a favor and vote for the Smithsonian Libraries’ copy of Wonder Woman #1 as the most iconic image in the Smithsonian! The comic was created in 1941 by William Moulton Marston (who incidentally also helped invent the polygraph) as a way to bolster a more powerful feminine archetype. Not only does our branch, the Dibner Library of History and Technology, hold many Wonder Woman comics, it is also the home to Marston’s papers.
Wonder Woman #1 broke new ground with its hero’s winning combination of strength, smarts, and style. Her backstory has closely followed many of the major shifts in American history, merging fiction, modern technology, and early feminist morality. Today she continues to wield her signature Lasso of Truth, empowering her loyal fans both women and men alike.