April 17, 2007
"Wonder Woman" ('18) Commemorated on Postage Stamp
First immortalized as the comic heroine Wonder Woman, alumna Elizabeth Holloway Marston ('18) will now have her likeness viewed even more than when the popular comic first appeared in the 1930’s. As part of the U.S. Postal Service’s 2006 Commemorative Stamp Program, Wonder Woman, along with several other superheroes and United States icons, will give the mail a new, colorful sense of history.
“Our 2006 program commemorates a wide range of diverse American icons with something that will appeal to everyone,” said Postmaster General John E. Potter on the USPS Web site. According to the site, the DC Comics featured on the new stamps “have responded to social and political issues from the start, fighting corporate greed and political corruption during the Depression, for example, and then becoming patriotic defenders of national interests during World War II.”
Although William Moulton Marston (pen name Charles Moulton) first drew the superhero based on his wife in the ‘30s, Super Woman grew in popularity in the late 1980’s. The artwork for the stamp is based on a 1988 rendition of Super Woman by George Pérez.
A real-life inspirational female, Elizabeth Holloway Marston was one of only three women to graduate from BU Law in 1918 and went on to a successful career lecturing at prominent universities and assisting her husband in his development of the polygraph.