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Wonder Woman’s Birthday
March 26, 2016 By Brett Jett
Wonder Woman’s Birthday (?)
Every in-the-know Wonder Woman fan celebrates her debut (October 25th) each year in some way. In fact, every superhero character has a debut date, just as every entertainer has a day and event that they made their debut on. But that’s all it is…a DEBUT. But what about Wonder Woman’s BIRTHDAY? You know, the day that she was actually born.
She’s gotta have one!
I mean, even Superman and Batman have precise dates of birth. Of course, there is a difference between speaking in real-world POV and speaking in-story POV. Superman and Batman both have real world dates that people celebrate as their birthdays, but each of their creators/developers have also given them in-story birthdays. For Superman, his in-story birthday is definitely February 29th. Very interesting, and appropriate, considering the Man of Steel was born in a galaxy that has a longer year than Earth’s. While Batman’s creators/developers seem to have given him a few different in-story birth dates. But the majority consensus seem to place it on Halloween, followed by the date of his parents’ murders in early November.
Now, both of their in-story birth dates are official.
But what about for WW? I have searched Dr. William Moulton Marston’s comics for any such birth date that he might’ve given her, but found none. Well that sucks! SuperMale and BatEgo were both given such detail in their mythologies as to have actual in-story birth dates, yet their third Trinity member doesn’t get one?!? This is wrong.
WWM gave Etta Candy a birth date, and we can estimate Steve Trevor’s. But why do you think he never gave the star of his comicbook her own in-story birthday? We may never know. But let’s look at the in-story situation for some theories:
The Amazons used to live back in Ancient Greece where they didn’t use our Gregorian calendar system. And they might’ve still gone by an Ancient system while living on Paradise Island, depending on the incarnation. According to the clues in WMM’s incarnation, it appears that the Amazons emphasize the seasons more than we do when marking time. So perhaps WW’s birthday is recorded according to seasonal names, like “Time of the harvest”, or “Night of the blood moon”. In which case, pin-pointing an exact date of birth for WW in our Gregorian calendar would be difficult if not impossible.
A fan once showed me an article written about the different possible dates to celebrate Batman’s birthday on. In that article, it gave every date—both in-story and real world—that is directly, officially, and/or rightfully connected to Batman that could be construed as a possible day to celebrate his birthday.
Technically—unlike Superman or even Batman—WW does not have an “official” in-story date of birth. So, in the tradition of that Batman article, I too am now going to give all of you WW fans a list of significant dates associated with WW that could be construed as a possible birth date for her. And from there, you can pick which one(s) you want to go by in order to celebrate WW’s birthday on your own time, in your own way!……………
Olive Byrne Richard’s birthdate. Some say that Olive was one of the inspirations for the creation of WW. Even though that’s a false notion (it was only her bracelets that influenced WW), I’ll leave it up to you if you want to use Olive’s birthdate as WW’s.
This is the day, back in 1941, that WMM submitted the first Wonder Woman story script to the editor. Some fans consider this her conception date rather than birth. A significant date to WW’s creation, nonetheless.
This is a date that was pronounced by a 1976 DC calendar as being the day WW was born on Paradise Island. I actually don’t know why DC chose this particular date. Maybe they know something behind the scenes that I don’t. Perhaps something significant happened behind closed doors involving WMM. Maybe this was the day that WMM’s script got fully edited? I wish I knew the story behind this date. Perhaps one of you fans can ask the staff at DC. One hypothesis is that March 22 is pretty much Spring Equinox, and most people view WW as embodying “equality”, hence the “Equinox” date. Maybe? I don’t know.
NOTE on March 25:
This is not one of the proposed birth dates, but I just wanted to make a notable mention that this is the day that WW makes her live-action movie debut. And it is so interesting that this date also happened to be the last day of the week-long foray I took into Mainstream Cyberland back when I first dropped my FREE popular “Who Is WW?” manuscript PDF to all you fans.
This date is not official in any of DC’s Wonder Woman comics. Rather, its a date that I personally placed WW’s birthday on within my own WW literary continuity back home (consisting of screenplays, short stories, etc). Why did I choose this day? Back when, after searching WMM’s comics for an official birth date and not finding one, I had to surmise a date that I figured would jibe well with WMM, had he been around today.
It had to be during a time that is significant to the goddess Artemis/Diana, since Hippolyta was inspired to name her daughter “Diana”. And there was a full moon, so it had to be at night. And on the early morning night of June 23 in 1941, there was indeed a full moon. If Winter Solstice was in celebration of Apollo’s return, I figure that the flipside had to be true for his diametric sister. That meant Summer Solstice. Additionally, Summer Solstice in Chinese culture was a period when the feminine (ie. Artemis) energy was at its highest time, and WW is certainly a feminine archetype. But which day? June 21, or 22, or 23? I chose the 23rd because that meant that her Astrological Sign could then still be Cancer the Crab. Why Cancer? The Cancer season is associated with the Moon, the Pearl gemstone, and the color silver…all of which is associated with ‘Diana’, as WW was meant to be a very feminine figure, right? But she had to have been born sometime between 12 midnight and 1:00am, in the early dark morning of June 23, because according to Greek myth, that is the hour in which the spirits most freely roam in search of bodies to inhabit. And for WW, her spirit sought out the statue to inhabit and turn to life. Its also the day that has the shortest night in the whole year. That was significant to me because WW was a person whose inner disposition is more sunny than gloomy. June 23 midnight is also the equivalent of Mid-Summer Night, which in that tradition was a time when fairies poured love juice on unsuspecting people. To me, that was similar to Aphrodite breathing love into a statue to give it life.
Take it any way you will, but just know that DC/Warner has chosen June 23 to be the day that WW’s very first solo movie will come out! Whoopee!!! Right on the birth date that I’VE personally set for her!
This is when WW’s solo comicbook title debuted. It could be considered more like a re-birth date, since it was starting with this issue #1 that her origin story had a retcon that was supposedly WMM’s finally definitive origin story for her. This date is also two days away from Lynda Carter’s birthdate (24th).
Oh, of course this date had to be on the list! Every true WW fan knows that this is the day that she debuted to the world within the pages of All-Star Comics #8 back in 1941. Granted, its not an in-story birth date, but a significant date nonetheless. One that you could plausibly use as an excuse to throw a WW party. This is also the debut date of that article in Family Circle where WMM first talked about comicbooks…the same article that got him a job as a consultant at All-American Publications, where he would later create WW!
Blood/Hunter’s Moon (November 4):
Writer Gail Simone first proposed this birth date during her run. Her reasoning is that WW was named for the goddess of the hunt, and that WW is indeed a hunter, thus the Hunter’s Moon…and she used the Blood Moon’s color as the basis for WW’s outfit reds. The period when the Hunter’s Moon comes out also falls on the same period when the Amazons (WMM’s version) celebrate their “harvest” of new children.
Gail actually didn’t specify an exact date. The Blood (or Hunter’s) Moon is just a seasonal phenomenon when the moon turns blood red. The exact date varies from year to year. So I chose to look up 1941, and the Hunter’s Moon fell on November 4. But you can choose any year for a specific date to go by, or just celebrate whenever the Blood Moon comes up each year.
This is the debut date of Sensation Comics #1 in 1941, when WW made her comicbook cover debut. It also featured the first story when she first came to America.
Diana’s Day – Winter Solstice (December 25):
The day that the Amazons call “Diana’s Day” is when they celebrate the return of goddess Diana’s brother, Apollo. Its their equivalent to our Christmas. They say it falls on Winter Solstice, which in our calendar is December 21-22, yet they say it falls on our December 25th. Strange. Perhaps back in the 40’s, we considered Christmas to be the same as Winter Solstice. Regardless, a very interesting fact to keep in mind is that the WW mythos and WW herself have striking parallels to the birth of Christ. Such as they both had a virgin birth (at least WMM’s incarnation).
Also…..for me and my family of friends, this is the climax day that we celebrate, not WW’s birthday, but just WW in general. Back at our communal home, we hold weeklong celebrations annually around this time where we dress up, read stories, watch videos, shoot movies, recite works of art inspired by WW, etc. Fun times all around.
Marjorie Wilkes Huntley’s birthday. She was the Marston family’s friend who was reportedly the one who first suggested the name “Wonder Woman” for Dr. Marston’s new superheroine. For this reason, some of you might feel that Marjorie’s birthday should be WW’s.
January UNKNOWN (in 1941):
There is one last date that should go on this birthday list, but I don’t know it yet! I’m referring to the day(s) that Max Gaines first suggested that WMM create his own superhero character. And was it the same day/night that he went home and first drafted the plans for his Wonder Woman?
The first one of you out there who can find out, have a go at it as the day(s) to throw WW a birthday party.
So there you have it. A variety of dates to choose from. All in the name of giving this beloved character a much-deserved, proper birthday party that she never got from her creator. Maybe you can take a page from me & my friend-family and throw yearly parties, do something special in WW’s name. Pick a date, any date. Or pick several of them. Just have fun with it!
This year, in the real world, the WW character will be 75 years old. In the current comics continuity, she is 25 years old (though I’m not sure on which date). And in my own personal story continuity, she will be 99 years old this coming June 23rd.
At any rate, with at least one of her listed proposed birth dates coming up any time now, let’s all just say:
Happy Birthday, Wonder Woman!
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