Wonder Woman Celebrates 75th Anniversary, Featured On Postage Stamps

The United States Postal Service announced yesterday that in honor of the DC Comic’s legend Wonder Woman’s 75th anniversary, the superhero would receive her own line of postage stamps. Four of the new Wonder Woman stamps will be revealed at Comic-Con International event in San Diego on Saturday, July 23. However, the first-day-of-issue dedication ceremony will take place much later, on October 7, during the New York Comic-Con event.

For 75 years, the superhero has held up very well without any plastic surgery. How many other celebrities can claim that? She made her first appearance in the pages of Star Comics No. 8 in October, 1941, long before other female superheroes like Batgirl and Black Widow arrived on the comic book scene. The all-American girl became an instant hit and headlined her own title the following year.

Throughout the years, Wonder Woman has been featured in Saturday morning cartoon shows like Superfriends, the iconic 1970s live action TV show starring Lynda Carter, and most recently in the big screen film, Batman v Superman: Dawn of Justice, portrayed by actress Gal Gadot.

In a partnership with Warner Bros. Consumer Products and DC Entertainment, the USPS is celebrating this wonder of a woman with her own “forever” stamps, meaning that the stamps will always be equal in value to the current First-Class Mail one-ounce stamp price. The Wonder Woman stamps feature four different versions of the iconic character from World War II beginnings to today each with the current logo treatment. The stamp pane was designed by art director Greg Breeding.

Here is how the USPS describes each design.

  • Golden Age (1941-1955): “Wonder Woman from the Golden Age bursts onto the scene as originally envisioned by creator William Moulton Marston.”
  • Silver Age (1956-1972): “Although she possesses great strength and speed, the world’s favorite superheroine prefers compassion to the use of brute force. With her golden lasso of truth close at hand, she compels honesty from her foes.”
  • Bronze Age (1973-1986): “With her fist held high and bulletproof bracelets gleaming, the Amazon princess leads the charge against injustice.”
  • Modern Age (1987-present): ” Wonder Woman Wields a hammer with a power and determination befitting her roots in the heroic world of Greek mythology.”

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True fans will note that this new set is not Wonder Woman’s first foray in the world of postage stamps. In 2006, she joined Aquaman, Batman, The Flash, Green Arrow, Green Lantern, Hawkman, Plastic Man, Supergirl, and Superman in a special line that celebrated DC Comics in general.

This news comes weeks after the USPS announcement of another set of “forever” stamps that will thrill other fan boys and girls alike. Star Trek “forever” stamps, celebrating 50 years of the franchise, will be revealed later this year at the Star Trek: Mission New York conference on September 2. The “First Day of Issue Ceremony” for the Star Trek stamps will include officials from the USPS, as well as a special guest speaker.

In related news, the New York Times reports that Dynamite Entertainment is creating a new mini-series that pairs up TV’s Bionic Woman with “Wonder Woman ’77” and will be loosely based on the two 1970s TV series. This Wonder Woman will feature Lynda Carter’s likeness of the character.

[Images via The United States Postal Service]