Watching a beautiful black-haired woman with piercing blue eyes and hips running into my small TV screen mesmerized my young mind.
I was no stranger to the Amazon. My uncle was an avid comic book collector. When my brother turned seven he was presented with my uncle’s carton of comics. Ohio winters were tough back in the 70’s. A special memory of my childhood is being snowed in, curled up in my parent’s bed with my brother and mother, comics covering the bed like a patchwork quilt.
I quickly found all the female comic book heroines and villains: Catwoman, Black Canary, Super Girl, and Wonder Woman. There was something about the whole story. She was an Amazon. A woman who could handle anything, even bullets. She forced people to tell the truth. A woman saved the day. Every day.
To me Linda Carter is the quintessential Wonder Woman. She is still one of the most beautiful women in the world. For better or worse, sort of like Christopher Reeve, she made that role and that character.
I became obsessed with Wonder Woman and making that amazing transformation. I looked around for things I could do to make me more like Wonder Woman. I had dark brown hair almost black. For reasons unexplained my mother had a wig of short jet black hair that I pretended would work. My blue-green eyes were close enough. The final coup was talking my mother with rudimentary sewing skills into buying blue and red cloth to sew a Wonder Woman outfit for me. It never materialized, but I fingered the fabric and kept it tucked in a drawer for many years.
What would I become? Surely I didn’t think I would become a superhero with superpowers? Yet, her character and how she fought the bad guys and always persevered. I wanted to BE her in a deep, psychological way that still lingers to this day.
I was thrilled when I found the old Wonder Woman TV series on DVD. Even the new cartoon version was excellent. Rumors of a new Wonder Woman movie and subsequent movie star to play the role with a new costume change have made the Internet circuit. Do I care? No. As long as my superhero’s character stays intact, I’ll be satisfied. I’m a life-long fan.