Wonder Woman

Wonder Woman Psychology: Lassoing The Truth

Before I get into the new book Wonder Woman Psychology: Lassoing the Truth, edited by Dr. Travis Langley and Mara Wood. I felt I should take a moment and share my thoughts on the character herself as well as my first introduction. Like many of you that visit The Retroist I’m willing to bet the first time you learned of Wonder Woman was thanks to the long running Super Friends TV series.

[Via] THX1968

Of course a few years after that the popular live action Wonder Woman TV series debuted on ABC. Starring the talented Lynda Carter, the first season took place in the 1940s. Afterwards the show jumped ship to CBS and was placed in the current day. In addition to becoming The New Adventures of Wonder Woman.
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All thanks to the Wonder Woman TV show in fact, I would pick up the DC comics. To this day when I think of the power and beauty of the character. It is the illustration of the legendary José Luis García-López that comes to mind. To say nothing of the impact that George Perez had on Wonder Woman!
Wonder Woman

With a film version set to hit theaters on June 2nd. It is a great time to take a closer look at the origins of the character as well as her creator, William Moulton Marston. Hard to overlook the fact that the man who invented the polygraph machine bestowed his creation a lasso of truth, right?

Except for he didn’t create the lie detector test as the book points out. Although he did in fact create the systolic blood pressure test. Which is used in polygraph tests. Furthermore there are some that cite it was his Wife, Elizabeth Holloway Marston, who helped in the research of said test. Fitting as she was the one to suggest the gender of William’s creation for All -American Comics!

“…one who would triumph not with fists or firepower, but with love. “Fine,” said Elizabeth. “But make her a woman.””

I have shared the pop culture psychology books by Langley before. And Sterling Publishing was kind enough to send me Travis and Wood’s latest for review. Right off the bat, Dr. Langley cuts to the truth by challenging the reader. To not get hung up on certain elements of Marston’s creation. Like “bondage” for example. Not without understanding what William was intending readers to understand.

There are 20 essays included in Wonder Woman Pyschology: Lassoing the Truth. Featuring not just a foreword by Trina Robbins but the likes of Chris and Caitlin Yogerst, Laura Vecchiolla, Mike Madrid, and Rebecca M. Langley. As well as Tim Hanley, Martin Lloyd, Wind Goodfriend, Annamaria Formichella-Elsden. In addition to Janina Scarlet, Lara and Nina Kester, Erin Currie, Eric D. Wesselman, J. Scott Jordan, J.C. Lobato, Jenna Busch, E. Paul Zehr, Jeff Pisciotta, and Alan Kistler.

The essays cover such topics as Feminist Psychology: Teaching How to Be Wonderful by Mara Wood. Balancing the Warrior and the Peace Ambassador by Eric D. Wesselman. It’s a Man’s World: Wonder Woman and Attitudes Toward Gender Roles by Erin Currie. And another favorite Snapping Necks and Wearing Pants by Travis Langley.

Wonder Woman Psychology is available for purchase tomorrow at most book dealers.

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How Do You Make The Wonder Woman Trailer Better?

In all honesty as soon as I saw the Wonder Woman trailer last week I was sold. It of course has quite a bit to do with it being a period piece film. Moreso even with the setting of the movie taking place in World War I – the trailer has hope. In that trailer which is two minutes and a half you can see everything that makes Wonder Woman such a powerful character. Courage. Strength. Grace. And wisdom.
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Which if I am to be brutally honest is the reason I stayed away from Batman V Superman: Dawn of Justice. Because the trailer itself looked to be abysmally dark. Now I must also add that I’m good with the shadows for a character like Batman. I am afraid though that in regards to Superman my personal beliefs on the character won’t let me bend that far.

Having said that I am absolutely delighted to hear fans talk about Batman V Superman, what they loved about it. While it might not be my cup of tea I hold no grudges against those that did enjoy those versions of the characters.

Although I am sure you’ve already watched the Wonder Woman trailer for yourself – why not take another look. You might see what I’m getting at when I mentioned hope and the other traits that Gal Gadot brings to the role!

[Via] Warner Bros. Pictures

What about making the Wonder Woman trailer better though?

While I am totally happy with the way the trailer for the upcoming movie looks, it is Sebastian Hughes who has found a way to “improve” it. How? By recutting it a little – adding some scenes I suppose from Batman V Superman. Then injecting the theme song from the classic 1975 to 1979 television series starring Lynda Carter!
Image courtesy of The Comic Book Cast

Image courtesy of The Comic Book Cast

I would also add there seems to be some new footage in this fan-made trailer. From the upcoming movie I mean – I can pick out the Batman V Superman shots.

[Via] Sebastian Hughes

But wait! Now you have another option!

As I was writing this post – I stumbled on this Lynda Carter version of the trailer. It features footage from the pilot of the Carter TV show but is coupled with the dialogue from the film trailer.

[Via] Don Jack

I think I’m going to have to say I love both versions of these equally. I personally feel it is the only way you could improve on the trailer for the 2017 film.

Costumes Provided by Lynda Carter’s Yard Sale

In his satin tights, fightin' for your rights...to rock!

In his satin tights, fightin’ for your rights…to rock!

Hey creeps, I have to tell ya, the raw animal magnetism of everyone’s favorite Uncle Jesse must have infected my brain, because this is the second post this weekend that I’ve written that centers around the 1986 John Stamos vehicle Never Too Young to Die. As you now know, KISS’ Gene Simmons also starred in the film as the villainous Velvet Von Ragner. Of course the one question you are all asking yourself is where did Gene’s magnificent wardrobe for the film came from? Well, your ol’ pal The Ouija Board Kid is here to provide you with the answer. Lynda Carter. He is dressed in Lynda Carter’s hand me downs. While that may seem strange, it gets even stranger dear fiends, as said outfit was worn by Lynda when she covered the Kiss tune “I Was Made for Loving You” on her 1980 variety special “Encore!” The world is a strange, strange place…

To further make it a snake eating it's tail, there's fake KISS behind her...

Who wore it better?