Batman, 1943

A mere four years after The Bat-Man made his debut in the pages of Detective Comics, the world was a very different place.  Specifically, it was at war.  For the United States, the front lines of the war were threefold: the war in Europe, the war in the Pacific, and the propaganda war on the … Continue reading Batman, 1943

Wonder Woman Unbound: The Curious History of the World’s Most Famous Heroine by Tim Hanley

As the title proclaims, she's the world's most famous heroine.  She has survived World War II, Congressional scrutiny, cultural irrelevance, and quite literally every single threat a comic book character can possibly endure, including a few that were created specifically for her. In spite of this, the general perception the world has very little idea … Continue reading Wonder Woman Unbound: The Curious History of the World’s Most Famous Heroine by Tim Hanley

The Essential Wonder Woman Encyclopedia by Phil Jimenez and John Wells

As with the Superman and Batman companion volumes to this, this book was published in 2010.  This date means something to me.  That was the year J. Michael Strazcynski scrapped all that had gone before and remade Wonder Woman into something she was never supposed to be -- a dangerous and bratty teenage girl with a … Continue reading The Essential Wonder Woman Encyclopedia by Phil Jimenez and John Wells

The Essential Superman Encyclopedia by Robert Greenberger and Martin Pasko

As with the Wonder Woman and Batman companion books, this book was published in 2010, the year J. Michael Strazcynski took over writing for the Man of Steel, turned him into something he wasn't, and walked away mid-arc, leaving cleanup for whomever followed behind him.  DC rebooted everything after that with the New 52, and … Continue reading The Essential Superman Encyclopedia by Robert Greenberger and Martin Pasko