As part of Wonder Woman’s big 75th anniversary, the U.S. Postal Service, together with DC Comics and Warner Bros. Consumer Products, dedicated four Forever stamps today that commemorate the 75 years of the most iconic female super hero of all time. The first-day-of-issue dedication ceremony took place in the DC Entertainment booth at New York Comic Con. You can view all four of the stamps in our gallery below.
“Wonder Woman was one of the first female Super Heroes that inspired countless young girls over the past three quarters of a century,” said U.S. Postal Service Chief Information Officer and Executive Vice President Kristin Seaver. “We salute this heroic role model and her legacy that is sure to continue to span another 75 years.”
At the dedication ceremony, Kristin Seaver said “In 1941, when Wonder Woman debuted in All-Star Comics #8, America was a very different place — especially for women. There was no equal pay, no recourse for gender discrimination in the workplace… it would be decades before there was a female CEO of a Fortune 500 company.” But today, “women have made historic inroads” with an explosion of bachelors degrees, doctorates, and strides in the employment workplace.”
Joining Seaver in dedicating the stamps were: DC Entertainment’s Senior Vice President of Franchise Management Sandy Yi; Modern Age Wonder Woman artist Cliff Chiang; Bronze Age Wonder Woman artist José Luis García-López; DC Entertainment Publishers Dan DiDio and Jim Lee; and DC All Access host Tiffany Smith; and Wonder Woman Forever stamps art director Greg Breeding.
At the ceremony, Tiffany Smith said (via Newsarama) that as a child, her mother dressed up as Wonder Woman for Halloween, leading her to have a lifelong love of the character. Introducing a group of young girls from Girls Inc. who had dressed up as the character themselves, she added, “I know that girls of every generation are still excited… and we’re able to pass that excitement on to other generations.”
“It’s been an honor to work on an iconic character like Wonder Woman for the past 40 years,” said García-López. “She is the ultimate female Super Hero, a true symbol of equality and justice, and it’s thrilling to see my Wonder Woman included in the 75th anniversary celebration in such a prominent way.”
“As an artist you hope that your work might endure, like the character of Wonder Woman herself,” added Chiang. “To see something I drew immortalized on a U.S. Postal Service stamp is really an incredible honor, and hopefully a fitting tribute to 75 years of strength and imagination.”
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Images: United States Postal Service / DC Entertainment