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The Superhero Reader$
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Charles Hatfield, Jeet Heer, and Kent Worcester

Print publication date: 2013

Print ISBN-13: 9781617038068

Published to University Press of Mississippi: March 2014

DOI: 10.14325/mississippi/9781617038068.001.0001

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The Great Women Superheroes

The Great Women Superheroes

(p.53) The Great Women Superheroes
The Superhero Reader

Trina Robbins

University Press of Mississippi

This chapter details the creation of the character Wonder Woman and analyzes what she meant to readers in the 1940s. It also disputes the tendency of recent fan historians and scholars to denigrate Wonder Woman or to misrepresent her popularity with female readers. The chapter introduces the issue of reader response, a crucial question when dealing with the superhero genre because the feedback of fans has strongly influenced the developments of the genre.

Keywords:   superheroes, Wonder Woman, superhero genre, female readers, reader response, comics, fans

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