Snail mail is about to get super powered! In the latest round of exciting Wonder Woman news to come out of San Diego Comic-Con this weekend, the U.S. Postal Service, in partnership with Warner Bros. and DC Entertainment, previewed four Forever stamps that commemorate the 75th anniversary of one of the most iconic Superheroes of all time. The four designs chronicle Wonder Woman’s evolution from her World War II origins (she made her print debut in All Star Comics #8 in 1941) through today… and they’re awesome!
The stamps’ first-day-of-issue dedication ceremony will take place Friday, October 7 at New York Comic-Con, and according to the USPS, each of the four designs will be featured “on a sheet of 20 stamps depicting Wonder Woman during four eras of comic book history: Golden Age (1941–55), Silver Age (1956–72), Bronze Age (1973–86) and Modern Age (1987–present).”
The first row, the Modern Age stamp, pictures Wonder Woman wielding a hammer, a nod to her sheer strength and power (she’s one of very few who can handle Thor’s mighty weapon, as DC comics legend has it). Bronze Age, row two, captures her in an empowered and bold stance with her signature bracelets gleaming, whereas, Silver, row 3, highlights her compassion when seeking honesty from her foes with her lasso of truth. The very last row on the sheet, the Golden Age stamp, showcases Wonder Woman – the feminist icon – as originally envisioned by her creator William Moulton Marston.
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It’s interesting to note that this is not Wonder Woman’s first brush with snail mail fame. In 2006, she was part of the USPS’s first stamp pane honoring comic book superheroes, which also included Aquaman, Batman, The Flash, Green Arrow, Green Lantern, Hawkman, Plastic Man, Supergirl and Superman. Prior to that, in November 1988, she was honored with a U.S. stamp for being “a worldwide ambassador of justice, equality and peace.”