75 Years Of Sexy Wonder Woman Costumes (And Saving The Planet)

Since Wonder Woman’s comic book debut in the 1940’s, her costume has never stopped being super sexy. From her first get-up in 1941; a bustier and star spangled panties, to her mini dress and blue tights in 1971, to her current superhero Amazonian look, she still rules the planet, kicks ass, and always looks hot. Wonder Woman pulled in over $100 million at the box office during its opening weekend. Why? Two words: girl power.

William Moulton Marston, the creator of Wonder Woman, was a Psychologist who explained that the character was intended “to set up a standard of strong, free, courageous womanhood; and to combat the idea that women are inferior to men.” After her comic book debut in 1941, in 1942 Wonder Woman was allowed to join the “Justice League”, an all male group of superheroes.

Wonder Woman in 1942.

According to The LA Times, “A syndicated Wonder Woman newspaper comic strip debuted in 1944. During this time Marston hired his student, Joye Hummel, as an assistant to help him write Wonder Woman comic-book scripts between 1944-77. All of the stories remained credited to “Charles Moulton.”

In 1952, “in response to allegations of “indecent” themes and concerns about how comic books contributed to juvenile delinquency,” the Comics Magazine Association of America created a Comics Code Authority for publishers to police their own content. The industry’s self-censorship, in addition to Marston’s death, saw Wonder Woman stories change to being less vocal in her feminism and more focused on her romances with Steve Trevor, Merman and Birdman.”

In 1956, the “Golden Age of comics began and Wonder Woman acquired new superhero powers, including flight. In 1972, Wonder Woman reclaimed her feminist roots when Gloria Steinem decided to place the superhero (in costume) on the cover of the very first issue of Ms. Magazine.  This spotlight helped put the character on a path to reclaim her powers (and her costume). Wonder Woman was also featured on the cover of the magazine’s 35th and 40th anniversary issues.

The first “Wonder Woman” television movie actually starred Cathy Lee Crosby as Diana Prince, but the series never materialized.

Lynda Carter made her first appearance as Wonder Woman in the made-for-TV film “The New Original Wonder Woman.” The film led to the TV series, which premiered on April 21, 1976.

Wonder Woman returned to the animated TV world in “Justice League,” which was part of the DC Animated Universe that launched with 1992’s “Batman: The Animated Series.” Justice League” focused on the team consisting of Wonder Woman, Batman, Superman, Green Lantern.

According to entertainment reporter Tracy Brown, “In 2013 Gal Gadot debuted as Wonder Woman in “Batman vs. Superman: Dawn of Justice.” The film grossed over $873 million worldwide. Lynda Carter, Gal Gadot and director Patty Jenkins attended the U.N. when Wonder Woman was declared honorary ambassador for the empowerment of women and girls at a ceremony held at the U.N. headquarters in New York.”

In June, “Wonder Woman” hit theaters, becoming the first female-led film in the modern superhero movie renaissance. The movie grossed over $100 million in the U.S. and $100 million overseas. In the first weekend.

Yandy.com, who specializes in sexy costumes, sexy lingerie, and sexy “lingerie costumes,” has created a line of sexy Wonder Woman wear from full-on cosplay costumes to a Wonder Woman inspired pajama romper. We’re buying the the retro number with red cape for our next superhero roleplaying session in the boudoir. Plus, if we order it now, we’re good to go months ahead of Halloween, when we can kick some more ass.

“Take down the forces of evil in this Warrior Princess costume,” Yandy says about their “high neck romper with a gold paneled neckline, red cups, blue bottom with white stars and a cheeky cut back, matching gold headband, and  gold rope.”$39.95. And the white go-go boots. We want. Only $47.95.

Wonder Woman  in 1971.

The Glamorous Wonderlady Costume features a red sequin cropped corset with underwire cups, clear spaghetti straps to hold up the girls, blue star studded leggings, gold wrist cuffs with red stars, headband, and gold lasso for rounding up troublemakers. $63.95.

Today’s Amazonian inspired “Warrior Woman” costume.

“Save the day in this four-piece, Deluxe Vintage Warrior Woman costume featuring a burgundy corset with sweetheart neckline, gold studded trim, lace-up back, blue wet look panel skirt with gold studded band, gold rope, star detail, matching booty shorts and gold studded head band.” $95.95. Boots and wrist cuffs also available at Yandy.
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Anka Radakovich is a legendary Sex Columnist, Certified Sexologist, Sex Educator, Screenwriter, and Author of the new book THE WILD GIRLS CLUB, PART 2, Tales from New York to Hollywood. http://www.amazon.com/The-Wild-Girls-Club-Part/dp/0990462129. THE WILD GIRLS CLUB, Part 2 is her third book. Her first two books The Wild Girls Club; Tales from below the Belt, and Sexplorations; Journeys to the Erogenous Frontier were both published by Crown/Random House. She was the Sex Columnist for DETAILS Magazine for 9 years and is currently a Sex Columnist for BRITISH GQ. Her writing has appeared in dozens of magazines including Marie Claire, Women’s Health, Men’s Health, Harper’s Bazaar, Cosmopolitan, Redbook, Men's Journal, Seventeen, Glamour, and Maxim. She has appeared on numerous television shows including 8 appearances with Conan O’Brien. She was a Jeopardy question under the category “Men’s Mags.” As a Sex Educator and Sexologist, she is a college lecturer at Universities throughout the country who offers her unique brand of sex education. She lives in New York City. Follow her on Twitter @ankarad.

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