With all the comic books being published in the 1940's, all the superheroes were male. As an educational consultant for DC Comics, William Moulton Marston, wondered why there were no portrayals of female superheroes. He was given permission to create a female character as a superhero and so Wonder Woman was born.
Wonder Woman fought many strange villains as the servant of Aphrodite "the goddess of love. She fought the gods, other heroes, criminals, spies and even herself. She was a woman of the Amazon race, exiled to Paradise Island by Hercules and named Diana by her mother. Mars, the god of war, was an endless enemy of Wonder Woman and the two frequently clashed in the comics. After she dealt him a humiliating defeat, he never battled her himself, but always sent emissaries to do the job for him. However, none of them could match Wonder Woman's skill and were unable to defeat her.
Wonder Woman fought against evil powers from the past in the issues where she fought evil characters from ancient Egypt. In one issue, Osira brought the Second World War to an end, but Wonder Woman had to allow it to restart because she felt that mankind had to learn from its own mistakes. She went back in time and battled a warlord of ancient China, but she also had enemies from the future, such as invasions from the planets and even the Sun.
As was common with superheroes during the early 1940’s. Wonder Woman also fought the German and Japanese spies and in some of these issues a bizarre twist was put on actual events. For example, the Duke of Deception was blamed for bombing Pearl Harbor.
Wonder Woman was made into a television series that was very popular. She still battles evil which is one of the reasons she remained popular with fans for more than 35 years.