After reading this description of the Marston/Peter problems, you might say, “Good God, gorilla slavery and space kangaroos. I have to read these comics! A natural impulse – but surprisingly difficult to follow. DC Comics, which owns the rights to Wonder Woman, has been negligent in its approach to reprinting early issues. They started an expensive hardcover archival edition, but never finished the entire edition; Many books are now out of print. A cheaper Chronicles edition was also launched, but handled even fewer volumes before running out. Last year, IDW Publishing published a collection of newspaper comics (as opposed to full-length comics) that Marston and Peter worked on for a year and a half at the height of Wonder Woman`s popularity. The book is quite expensive for casual readers and contains only a fraction of the entire Marston/Peter Wonder Woman production. But at least that`s something. The original term of copyright was 14 years, with an option to renew for another 14 years. Of course, if this 1790 law were still in effect, Wonder Woman would no longer be protected by copyright and complete editions would almost certainly be available. However, copyright law has been expanded over the years. Today, commissioned creations such as Wonder Woman, which were produced by employees of a company, have been protected by copyright for 95 years.
This means that these early Wonder Woman comics will remain the property of DC into the 2030s and 2040s. That means no one but DC can legally reprint them — much to the chagrin of fans and scientists alike. The original issues of Wonder Woman from the 1940s by writer William Marston and artist Harry Peter are among the weirdest and most beautiful comics ever made. The comics combine a dizzying whim — giant space kangaroos with extra lungs, degenerative machines, mole man attacks — with sexy bondage games that are surprisingly explicit given the prepubescent audience. Wonder Woman captivates villains and is securely tied from almost every side – most spectacular in a Gimp mask. On Wonder Woman`s home island, Paradise Island, Amazons` all-female company plays obscene games in which they don deer costumes and pretend to eat each other. Half of the villains Wonder Woman fights are transvestites, it seems, the other half have hypnotic powers. There are scenes of bondage and submission with babies. There are scenes of bondage and submission with gorillas. Comics are crazy and wonderful – I love them so much that I`ve written an entire book about them (Wonder Woman: Feminism and Bondage).
None of that really matters, though, as Greg Weissman has since said those legal issues have been resolved and she`s free to appear on the show. Whether he appears in this season or the next is another question. While it is unlikely to appear this season, many episodes of YJ were already over when the rights issues were resolved. Eventually, the entire “impossible stories” label was dropped, and the average Wonder Woman reader simply accepted that the teenage and baby versions of Wonder Woman were hanging out and having affairs with their elders, even if it didn`t make sense. (Let`s not forget that the average reader at that time was between eight and 12 years old.) When DC decided to launch a “Junior Justice League” book called Teen Titans in 1965, the team needed the usual token girl. The editors of Teen Titans chose Wonder Girl, even though the author and publisher of the book had no idea at the time that Wonder Woman and Wonder Girl were essentially the same person. Various reasons, perhaps. Maybe they just didn`t want to. It could have been legal, like why Beta Ray Bill was in Planet Hulk instead of surfing. Maybe they want them later? Legal problems more than likely. On the one hand, there should be a young version of Batman, Superman, Flash, Wonder Woman and Green Lantern (but that won`t happen) in a young justice team, but on the other hand, with Wonder Girl and Superboy, they would be a pretty powerful team. Enforcing women`s mandate can be a bad idea from the perspective of the theater chain`s legal exposure, especially if the male client has a boyfriend who records the encounter on social media.
If things get ugly (although anyone who tries this movement should never use violence), it will be worse than anyone can imagine. Yes, that`s exactly the quote I just found. What troubles me the most is that Diana can still appear in the first season (I mean, that she berates Bruce for getting Robin`s dick is one of the most iconic moments on the show), but that Wonder Girl was off limits. We know Geoff Johns was the one from DC who was primarily responsible for fixing all these weird legal issues, but there are still so many unanswered questions @Afro_Warrior: Then they should bring up Wondergirl. I always felt like DC was holding back the Wonder family, all of the Justice League sidekicks except WW had appeared, and she didn`t even have a talking cameo in the YJ series, whereas Zatarra had. But then high-end theaters went too far and lost their legal and moral superiority. I am wondering what those legal issues are. If it doesn`t belong to DC, why would they have problems with their own property? The first season of Young Justice was produced at a time when there were issues with some characters like Wonder Woman and previously the characters of Batman and Aquaman that limited who could be used where. Wondergirl is expected to appear in other episodes to help the team with their missions, but not as a full member. The legal issues were only resolved after the series began production, and they had already decided to go in a different direction with other characters. It worked for the best because they didn`t have to rely too much on the source material to create a good plot.
There are many reasons why Donna Troy is a great superhero and deserves greater recognition not only in comics, but also in DC media such as cartoons, toy lines, and TV shows. She is a great competent leader and a sounding board for the other characters. During her best years in New Teen Titans, she showed off a successful career as a superhero, had a significant other who wasn`t threatened by her superpower, and always had a kind word for everyone. And just as Robin is great for little boys who imagine fighting alongside a Batman, Wonder Girl is great for little girls who might imagine themselves as Wonder Woman`s little sister and confidante. For the first three years of Teen Titans, Wonder Girl was a major member of the group, although, interestingly, she didn`t even have a real name. Robin, Kid Flash and the others called him “Wonder Chick” or “W.G.” all the time. But she was already a distinctly different character from her adult counterpart, loved dancing to `60s pop music and flirting and playing with the guys on the team. At the time, Wonder Girl was probably DC`s most important female heroine after Wonder Woman, Lois Lane, Supergirl and Batgirl.
She even made her television debut in the original animated series Teen Titans, six years before Wonder Woman debuted on Super Friends. Ok, but the legal issue was only if they are not a main character, but Wundermädchen would have been a main character, so this should have been clarified legally, I think the legal issues are just an excuse to exclude them from the Artemis is basically Arrowette series, they basically want diversity in terms of powers. so they put Miss Martian. This also happened in Teen Titans, we have Starfire instead of Donna. The reasons might have to do with an unconscious bias against the story and history of Wonder Girl, which are too convoluted to be used in popular entertainment. And while that`s somewhat true, media versions, whether live-action or animated, have always chosen which aspects of the character`s comic story to use. For example, the character of Supergirl in DC Comics in the 90s was a protoplasmic alien and shapeshifter who bonded with a dead human girl and became an angel. Bruce Timm and the producers of Superman: The Animated Series basically said, “Forget all that noise” and opted for the simplest and most explainable version of Supergirl: she`s Superman`s cousin, Kara. Why wasn`t this courtesy granted to Donna Troy? In issue #54, while the Teen Titans are on a trip to their Paradise Island home, they see Wonder Girl holding a contest to see which heroine could be the perfect partner for her sister.