Hey all! I'm Andrew, and I've been around CBR since '96. In fact, I remember the first Wonder Woman board of yester-year! I was sorry to see the first one go--and I'm nothing less than THRILLED to see the Wonder Woman Forum reborn!
About me: I'm a life-long Wonder Woman fan. As a very young child of four, I often spent hours absorbed by the old comics in the local "Book Exchange" owned by my mom's best friend. They visited, while I read the comics. That same lady gave me the Gloria Steinem collection of Marston's Wonder Woman stories as a Christmas gift in '77! Colorful heroes and their even more colorful exploits always mesmerized me. I read The Avengers, Justice League of America, The Defenders, Super Friends, Werewolf By Night, Red Sonja, Tigra's adventures in Marvel Chillers....but the hero I sought first & foremost was Wonder Woman.
Why Wonder Woman? This was the part of the 70's when you could see live-action Captain Marvel, Spider-Man, Hulk, Steve Austin, the Christopher Reeve movie was right around the corner. Boys found plenty of male heroes to identify with and idolize. Not to mention, I grew up in South Georgia; although the Women's Movement undoubtedly impacted America, boys were still expected to be Boys (eventually, Men) in the South. Needless to say, my adoration of Wonder Woman made me an oddity in a small town like Statesboro, GA. So, again, why Wonder Woman?
Perhaps what drew me to Wonder Woman was her beauty and spectacle. Whenever Wonder Woman performed a bold feat of heroism, she did so with inimitable style & always looked good doing it. She was strong, but, as Gail so effectively pointed out in a recent issue, Wonder Woman rarely approached a problem by merely hitting it. Diana often knew where to hit and how to solve a problem effectively.
Then again, maybe what set Wonder Woman apart for me was her portrayal of "Loving Strength". Not only would Wonder Woman uphold the good, save innocents, and prove herself a dedicated foe of evil, but she almost always imparted compassion in the act. Few superheroes demonstrated the grace, compassion, and understanding of Wonder Woman. Diana would not only stop criminals, but allow them the opportunity of redemption if they sincerely wanted it. Lynda Carter beautifully captured this important quality in the TV series.
Speaking of Carter, I faithfully watched Wonder Woman every Saturday night on ABC, then, Fridays on CBS when the series moved. Few elementary school kids could perform a "Wonder Whirl" with my verve! lol Whenever neighborhood (or school or church) kids wanted to play "Superheroes", I always got Wonder Woman! (Even if girls were playing!) I also caught episodes of Super Friends through their different incarnations, although I always felt like Wonder Woman suffered a "short-changing" in the cartoons. Whenever new comics day rolled around, I'd always pick up a JLA and Wonder Woman. I particularly loved the Roy Thomas/Gene Colan/Huntress back-up era!
Now, I eventually caught Hell for my love of Wonder Woman. When 7th grade rolled around, I experienced the dubious "pleasure" of an 8th grade bully who remembered me from church hollering "Hey Wonder Woman" every time I was up for a physical test or up to bat in Phys. Ed. A few other 8th graders caught on...and, let's just say, I nearly failed P.E. trying to avoid the harassment.
Still, not even bullying was powerful enough to curb my love of Wonder Woman. I collected the Super Powers line, lamented Wonder Woman's death in Crisis, smiled at the loving homage by Kurt Busiek & Trina Robbins, and marveled at Diana's profound reimagining in the Post-Crisis era. Even Claremont's classic X-Men stories were hard-pressed to move me as much as "Who Killed Myndi Mayer" and the death of Lucy Spears.
By college, I came back around to Wonder Woman as a full-time fan. The Lynda Carter series played daily on the Sci-Fi channel. Comics legend John Byrne was coming onto the title--not only was I back as a "Full Time Fan", but I found that, in early adulthood, I didn't give a dead rat's ass who approved or not! I owned my love of Wonder Woman AND my love of men, and defiantly challenged anyone who got in my face about either.
Since then, I've mellowed in middle adulthood, but the love for Wonder Woman remains. I collected the DC Archives series, and can't praise Gail's run enough! For some time now, friends who know of my love of "The Amazing Amazon" have given me Wonder Woman-themed gifts for birthdays & Christmas/Yule (Hey Schorn!). I have several action figures, a collector's doll & books, not to mention the most kickass coffee mug EVER! I've also found that Wonder Woman isn't a character I want to keep to myself. I have a two and a half year old niece who reminds me why parents would even say "the apple of my eye" in the first place.
I'm plotting ways to introduce HER to Wonder Woman when she's old enough to enjoy her...