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Wonder Woman Fast Facts
- Real name: Diana
- Occupation: Ambassador, teacher, super-hero
- Base of Operations: New York City and Themyscira
- Marital Status: Single
- Height: 5' 11"
- Weight: 140
- Eyes: Blue
- Hair: Black
- First Appearance: (historical) ALL STAR COMICS #8 (Winter, 1941)
- WONDER WOMAN (2nd series) #1 (February, 1987)
Wonder Woman Summary
Wonder Woman is a character, a DC Comics superheroine created by William Moulton Marston and one of the three characters to be continuously published by DC Comics since the company's inception in 1944. Wonder Woman first appeared in All Star Comics #8, published in December 1941. She is a founding member of the Justice League.
In addition to comic books, the character was featured in the 1975 to 1979 television adaptation starring Lynda Carter, as well as the Super Friends and Justice League animated series, and a forthcoming animated feature.
Princess Diana is an Amazon from Greek mythology. Her name is reflective of the mythological character, Diana or Artemis. Her mother is Hippolyta, queen of the Amazons. When Diana leaves the Amazons to travel to the world outside, she is known as both Wonder Woman, and as Princess Diana. As Wonder Woman, she was awarded several gifts by the Olympian gods, including the Lasso of Truth created from the Golden Girdle of Gaea and indestructible bracelets formed from the shield Aegis. For several years she was described in the splash page of each story, as "beautiful as Aphrodite, wise as Athena, swifter than Hermes, and stronger than Hercules."
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Diana has numerous powerful weapons at her disposal, but her signature weapons are her indestructible bracelets and the Magic Lasso. The Bracelets of the Aegis (in Pre Crisis: Silver Bracelets of Victory) were formed from the remnants of Zeus's legendary Aegis shield, and were created for her by Hephaestus. Diana's superhuman reflexes and senses allow her to deflect projectiles and bullets, including automatic weapons fire, as well as energy blasts and lasers from beings such as Ares and Darkseid. She is fast enough to protect herself from multi-vector attacks. At close-range the indestructible bracelets block blades, weaponry, and punches. Diana has used the bracelets as a dual defensive/offensive weapon, redirecting energy blasts back to their point of origin or at other targets. When crossed, the bracelets generate a larger remnant of the Aegis itself, forming an impenetrable barrier which allows Diana to protect herself and those behind her from area attacks.
The Lasso of Truth (also known as the Lariat of Hestia), forged from her aunt Antiope's Golden Girdle of Gaea, is perhaps Diana's greatest and most versatile weapon. The divine Lasso is absolutely unbreakable and has restrained beings as powerful as Superman, Captain Marvel, and the gods Ares and Hades. The Lasso burns with a magical aura called the Fires of Hestia, forcing anyone within the Lasso's confines to be truthful. This extends past mere speaking as illustrated by when Wonder Woman forced Martian Manhunter to shapeshift by demanding to see his true form. The Fires can restore lost memories, dispel illusions, renew the wielder's body, protect those encircled by it from magical and nonmagical attacks, and even cure insanity. Additionally, Wonder Woman has used the fire to create impenetrable barriers. Although some writers established that no one but Diana can wield the Lasso due to its divine nature, Donna Troy used it during her tenure as Wonder Girl and Wonder Woman. (Donna was created from a portion of Diana's own soul). In recent years, artists and inkers have depicted the Lasso as a fiery weapon, coursing with power. (This is due, in part, to advances in the coloring processes now used in comics.) During Grant Morrison's run on JLA, artist Howard Porter frequently drew Diana wielding the flaming Lasso, with absolute control, in elaborate and serpentine configurations.
Wonder Woman's golden tiara has also doubled as a throwing weapon, used for long-distance attack or defense. Hurled with Diana's superhuman strength, the razor-edged crown can cut through most substances before returning to her. She decapitated Deimos with it during their first meeting, and during the "Sacrifice" storyline she used the tiara to injure Superman's throat and impede his attack on her.
Diana used the Sandals of Hermes to cross the dimensional impasse between Themyscira and the outside world, but they were passed on first to Artemis, and later to Wonder Girl. Diana also once wielded the Gauntlet of Atlas, which magnifies the physical strength and stamina of the wearer by a factor of ten. Diana used the Gauntlet several times, most notably to destroy a clone of the Superman-killer Doomsday, but it raised her already superhuman strength to a level that she found difficult to control.
Wonder Woman has at her disposal a small lightweight disc of alien (Lansinar) technology that, when triggered by her thoughts, transforms into a transparent version of whatever object or vehicle is appropriate for her needs. The device has been used for several purposes, including a communication device, but is most frequently used by Diana in the form of an invisible jet plane, thus reintroducing this vehicle for the first time in post-Crisis continuity. She has also used the amorphous disc in partnership with Green Lantern's power ring to hold Earth's moon together while shifting its orbit. However, following the One Year Later continuity jump, Diana was given a new invisible plane, created by Wayne Industries.
A classic warrior, Diana occasionally uses additional weaponry in formal battle. She uses ceremonial golden armor complete with golden wings, war-skirt and chest-plate, and a golden helmet in the shape of an Eagle's head. In warfare, she may wield a bow & arrow, a spear, or a labrys (a doubled-bladed axe). Owing to the honored self-sacrifice of Diana Trevor, Wonder Woman uses many American themes such as an American Flag sort of cape/sword holster. Moreover, she uses a golden shield with American symbols and themes. Her deadliest piece of battle-gear is a magically forged sword (again a gift from Hephaestus), so sharp that it can carve the electrons off an atom. In the Elseworlds story Kingdom Come, Superman was cut by this sword while running his fingers down the blade.
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