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Tim Hanley

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The Mary Sue Exclusive: Announcing Tim Hanley’s Wonder Woman Unbound

You might recognize Tim Hanley‘s name around here for how often his blog is linked to when Wonder Woman or the gender balance of creators at DC and Marvel comics comes up. We’re happy to make the announcement that he’s got a new book coming out, a history of the Amazon Princess that goes by the name Wonder Woman Unbound: The Curious History of the World’s Most Famous Heroine.


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Smithsonian: Wonder Woman #1 Made America

There’s only one comic book on the Smithsonian Magazine’s feature “101 Objects That Made America,” and it’s Wonder Woman #1.


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Things We Saw Today: J.J. Abrams Makes Captain Kirk Cry


How Wonder Woman #7 Left a Bad Taste in My Mouth

It’s funny, because I was just writing about Wonder Woman this week for an unrelated project, and talking about how I’m relatively unfamiliar with her, and why. My point was that I’ve never really been overly interested in her as character because she is inextricable from the idea of “women.” To quote Dwayne McDuffie “If you do [one] black character or a female character or an Asian character, then they aren’t just that character. They represent that race or that sex, and they can’t be interesting because everything they do has to represent an entire block of people.” The solution is to provide a spectrum of characters that represent that block, and Wonder Woman, in her origin both fictional and real, was intended not just to be “a female superhero,” but “the female superhero.” As McDuffie was trying to point out: it’s hard to make a character a person when they have to represent an entire demographic of people. My growing interest in Wonder Woman as a character has paralleled my reading of stories that present her as human (metaphorically).

But when I said that the difficulty of extricating Wonder Woman from her status as “a paragon of the feminine” lead to me to be less interested in her, what I didn’t mean was that she should be separated completely from her origins as “a paragon of the feminine.” Which is kind of what happened in this week’s issue of Wonder Woman. (Spoilers ahead.)


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Tim Hanley Number Crunches Creator Gender in the First Week of the DCnU

Tim Hanley runs Straitened Circumstances, a blog that we link frequently here because of his year-long mission to document the strict numbers of gender representation on the creator side of Marvel and DC Comics, the two biggest manufacturers of superhero stories in the US Comics market. Though the New 52 relaunch officially began last week with Justice League #1, for many it didn’t really start in earnest until yesterday, when DC released thirteen more of the 52. And so, Hanley began his analysis of these thirteen titles featuring 105 creators, eight of them women.


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The Hard Numbers Say There are Less Female Characters in the DCnU As Well

Tim Hanley runs Straightened Circumstances, a blog about writing, comics, and Wonder Woman; but since January he has also been keeping statistical tabs on the gender ratios of the creative teams behind each and every monthly issue put out by Marvel and DC Comics, on a weekly basis. His results put into stark relief the lack of gender representation in the industry, where a week with 13% women creators is above average for DC, and 9% is about average for Marvel. But yesterday, Hanley turned the statistical analysis to the number of female characters there are in the current DC line of titles, and how many there will be after their relaunch.

He may even have been motivated to do so by the statements of DC editors at San Diego Comic Con, like Geoff Johns, who when asked about the presence of female characters in the DCnU, responded that DC has more iconic female characters than their competitors and that fans should check out their preview book and count them. So Hanley did.


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Graph of the Day: The Gender Gap of Mainstream American Comics

Tim Hanley has been statistically examining the breakdown of creator gender at Marvel and DC comics since the beginning of this year, and his post today on Bleeding Cool is an incredibly informative and interesting look at the gender imbalance.

This week, 11.3% of the creators behind DC’s comics were women, and Marvel had 9%. Both of these numbers are, so far, above average.