Joye Hummel Murchison – The First Woman Commissioned To Write Wonder Woman Comics In The 1940’s, Passes Away At 97.

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It is with great sadness that we pass on the news that Wonder Woman and Comic-Book author, Joye Hummel Murchison passed away at the age of 97 years old on April 5th. Joye was the ghost writer of many classic golden age Wonder Woman tales between the years of 1944 and 1947, with her first ever script appearing in the spring 1945 issue of Wonder Woman #12, after the Wondy creator and mainstay writer – William Moulton Marston fell terminally ill.

Joye was first offered the role of authoring the ongoing adventures of the wondrous one in March of 1944 by Professor Marston himself, who was a tutor of psychology at the Katharine Gibbs school in Manhattan, where Joye was a pupil. Professor Marston, over dinner, invited Joye to co-author the further adventures of the Themysciran Titan. At this point, Joye had not only never read Wonder Woman, but indeed any comic-books whatsoever, though she accepted the position through her respect and admiration of Marston and his varying works that included not just comic-book writing but also psychology, invention (he co-invented the lie detector, which gave way in the comics to Wondy’s Lasso of Truth) and unyielding support of women’s rights and the Suffragist movement.

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Joye worked on Wonder Woman’s continuing adventures for three years as a ghost-writer, yet was never accredited much attention until the Jill Lepore penned – The Secret History Of Wonder Woman – was released in 2014. Four years after historian Lepore’s book was released, Joye was awarded one of the most prestigious comic-book awards – The Bill Finger Award – primarily given to oft underappreciated and overlooked comic creators.

Our thought go out to her family and friends at this time, and our eternal thanks to Joye for the many wonderful tales of Diana’s golden age adventures she regaled her many fans with.

About Bruce Hodder (formerly known as ArcaneHalloween)

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Posted on April 8, 2021, in Comics and tagged , , , , . Bookmark the permalink. 8 Comments.

  1. Underappreciated seems to be a reoccurring theme of the way our societies are built.
    Again, kudos for underlining the “ghost ” story.

    I was wondering about the attraction of comics. And since you are such a deeply rooted and eloquent enthusiast of the genre, you think there is room for a future post about exactly that?
    I know we all have our own reasons, but it will be like watching football with a pro player; his perspective gives unique insight at the very same match.

    Stay safe and passionate Bruce.

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    • Thanks so much for the lovely compliment my friend! 🙂 I was actually in the midst of writing a post about women in comics, that included Joye as a major part of the piece when I read of her passing, she had a long and creative life, but it was tragic that she only got the recognition she deserved towards the last few years of her lifetime.
      At the very least, she did live long enough to garner some appreciation for her stellar work on making Wonder Woman the icon she is today, there are other creators who did not until after their passing (the great Bill Finger comes to mind, who had a much bigger impact on Batman as the co-creator, than supposed creator Bob Kane ever did, Bill unfortunately died before he was accredited any acknowledgement for his outstanding contribution to said character)
      I really like your post suggestion my friend, and I shall muse on how to progress forward with it. 🙂

      Stay safe and take care also good sir. 🙂

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  2. VERY interesting. On one hand, I’m mildly surprised that she’d be involved when the bondage angle was so prevalent in the old days. Not every woman is offended by that though. On the other hand, I can certain see her influence in the dialog in the panels above. 🙂

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  3. Wow, very interesting post! It’s a shame she didn’t get the credit that was due to her earlier on, but I’m glad that her work was at least eventually recognized. What a long life, and what a legacy.

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  4. Thank you for telling me more about her! A beautiful tribute to such a talented woman x

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