Sunday, July 24, 2016

Happy birthday pop cult siren Lynda Carter

Today the one and only true Wonder Woman celebrates her 65th birthday so I thought it´s about time to do an updated version of her first post.

As with all re - posts I have shortened it a bit but I have also added some new stuff for the readers who have already read the original version. So it is not much shorter. In any case I have thrown out a lot of the pictures in favor of some animated GIFs and also the videos in favor of some new ones at the end of this post. So as usual if you want to see the first draft with all the pictures, links and videos use the link for the original post.

Lynda is best known for playing the lead character Wonder Woman in the tv series. I would like to say that I first saw it as a little kid and that this experience shot me right into puberty .... but that's not true. You know when I was young I didn't watch Wonder Woman on tv because they quite frankly didn't show it. I don't know if that was because of her revealing outfit that could corrupt young impressionable males or that the germans mostly appeared as evil Nazis in the show - fact is there were only two tv stations at that time and none of them broadcasted Wonder Woman.

Being a comic fan I watched everything comic related like the HULK series with Bill Bixby and Lou Ferrigno or even the awful Spider - Man movies.

I would have loved the Wonder Woman series. But I had to wait till my military service because that was when private tv stations started in Germany.  You know, I think it´s kind of sad that Today´s Youth are not forced to defend Germany with totally useless firearms because - well, not because it´s such a great idea but because I had many life changing experiences during that time. I found my first real comicstore where I discovered most of the american comics I loved later on and cultivated my taste for independent comics there. I saw my first shows of Airwolf, MacGyver, Catch Up, Wonder Woman , Tutti Frutti and many others there.

Back to when I was doing my military service in Munich : before that all tv stations were regulated by the government but then private tv companies started and they sometimes were desperate for content so they showed everything that was cheap and not too new. They emitted around the clock and they had to fill the early afternoons and the nights with something and luckily for me one of the shows was Wonder Woman.

If you compare the show to Today's television series it is kind of campy and naiive and the special effects are primitive but Lynda Carter - she was something else When I saw the first episodes of Wonder Woman I wasn't sure if this was really aimed at young kids. For one part Lynda Carter looked extremely sexy. In the beginning she is a bit skinny but over the course of the show she begins to fill out the costume much better.

There are some rumors that she wore an artificial butt - which would explain why it looked a bit weird in some scenes - but here is an animated GIF of her as Diana Prince in a bathing suit that shows it was probably just padding for the stunt scenes. Lynda Carter got some serious back !

And there's also a lot of bouncing action going on. In the scene Diana Prince was attacked by two guys who tried to drown her but she kicked their asses to escape then transformed into Wonder Woman - and came back to kick their asses some more. You just gotta love a girl like that.

As I said, Lynda Carter started to fill out the costume much better but it looks like it took some time to change the costume because in some episodes she still has the the small top and she´s almost spilling out.

Which was extremely sexy in the scenes of Wonder Woman running.

I guess gazillions of young boys worldwide reached manhood prematurely through strange dreams of Wonder Woman Lynda Carter running.

I guess the producers also caught up to what was the best part of the show because from then there was much more running and jumping.

But that was not the epitome of Wonder Woman exuberance. That was in one of the few episodes I watched at home ( later when we also had cable tv ) where she helped a catburglar steal a diamond or something.

She was dangling upside down from a rope and while she was trying to open a safe or something her breasts followed gravity and slowly slid out of her top. I waited to see them totally uncovered but every time they showed the cat burglar and then zoomed back they were in the top again. Then they kept on sliding out but in the next shot they were back in.

Damn you, evil tv censorship. Well, despite that it is a really sexy scene. And Lynda Carter DOES have an incredibly sexy set of gams on her.

Of course as a woman of the 1970s Wonder Woman had to wear the perfect outfit for every occasion. First there was the blue swimsuit.

Now it was just a skintight blue rubber suit but I think it might even be hotter than the usual outfit because it´s Lynda in skintight rubber.

I'm sure she started some boys´ obsession with rubber and latex that way.

Then there was motorcycle Wonder Woman which was basically the same suit like the swimsuit but with a helmet. That's right, kids. Safety first.

And speaking of safety notice the padding on the elbows and knees on skateboard Wonder Woman. Like I said an outfit for every occasion.

And let's not forget Wonder Woman's horseback riding outfit.

Now I don't know what was the reason of the different outfits. Maybe it was that they tried to avoid showing a wet Wonder Woman in her regular outfit. Or maybe they were into marketing and wanted to sell some toys.

Well, one aspect that made me doubt that the Wonder Woman tv show was for kids was the costume but after all Lynda Carter couldn't help it if she was hot. Another thing was that Wonder Woman was constantly tied up or put into chains. Now either they took that right from the old Wonder Woman comic books or someone on the show had a rather kinky taste.

And speaking of kinky stuff Wonder Woman was also very often manhandled by thugs who she would overcome very easily. Now I think that they all knew they had no chance against Wonder Woman.

Everybody with half a brain knows that. No, what they tried to do was grab her and trying to britzky her ( private expression ) or rubbing their private parts all over her body. That's like the dying man's last wish. If they had to go to jail at least they tried to take this memory with them.

There were some changes from the original comic book which I just recently discovered because of some episodes I hadn't seen before. On most days I would switch through the channels but on Sundays I watched the two episodes of TALES FROM THE CRYPT and one episode of Wonder Woman. Watching Wonder Woman in spanish has it's own charm because when it is shown on german tv everybody speaks german but on spanish tv only the Nazis do. That's like a bit of home sweet home right there.

One of the first episodes I saw was with Wonder Woman's sister Drusilla which I did not know she had. I also did not know that Wonder Woman's sister was Debra Winger and that she was quite gifted as a young woman.

Another new fact I discovered was that Wonder Woman's braceletts were made of Amazonium ( or was it Feminum ? ), a special alloy only known to the amazons. In the comics they were just given to Wonder Woman by the gods and could deflect bullets because of magic. But since the gods never appeared in the tv show they needed another explanation. The episodes with Debra are really quite funny because of the clash of cultures and Wonder Girl's fixation on ice cream. One of my favorite scenes is when Wonder Girl is amused by the idea of Wonder Woman taking orders from a man. " He tells you what to do and you do it ? " Another plus of the episodes is seeing John Saxon as an evil Nazi masterspy. And he could SO be an evil Nazi masterspy although he would be called Johann Von Sachs.

Another change was that she needed her magic belt to stay strong when she was away from Paradise Island. Of course this was an easy way to sap her strength whenever the bad guys got the jump on her - they just had to take away her belt and could start again with the ropes and the chains.

And speaking of ropes : naturally she also used her magic lasso to catch the villains, rope them in, tie them up and force them to tell the truth.

I guess that also sparked some fetish fantasies among young viewers.

But Wonder Woman was not only beloved by kids worldwide. Even animals liked her. I do not know if that is something that was also in the comic books but in the tv show she could communicate with birds. But not all her dealings with animals were of such a peaceful nature. There was one episode I saw in which a gorilla named " Gargantua " is trained to attack and kill Wonder Woman and of course a woman came up with that plan.

Because men are just useless. In the end even the gorilla couldn't resist Wonder Woman's amazonian charms - who could ? - and Wonder Woman helped him to return to his jungle but before that they really got it on.

" Steve ! What are you doing here ? This is not what you think ! "

Who never got it on - at least not with Diana Prince - was Steve Trevor who was so fixated on Wonder Woman that he never realized he had a classy lady with curves that make pornstars envious right next to him.

Of course all the other men in the show had no such problems and always tried to score with sexbomb Diana which made the whole situation even more unbelievable. For me this was always the realistic part because that also happens in real life. It's the whole " Lois Lane - Clark Kent " thing. I think that's one of the reason why they gave her this huge glasses because without them she was often hotter than Wonder Woman.

" My, Diana, I never noticed how big your........glasses are. "

All in all I think the show was great. In fact Lynda Carter was so successful as Wonder Woman that she is still associated to that role by most people and Hollywood hasn't managed to find an adequate replacement for her.

So this is my new version of the post and I hope you like it and it doesn´t take too long to upload with all the new GIFs. As a little bonus here are some pages from Twomorrow Publishing´s Back Issue number 5 that has an interview with Lynda Carter. These mags are always money well spent. 

As usual there are a few other people who celebrate their birthday Today and I want to start with Summer Glau who turns 35. She has been on quite a few geek related shows like Firefly, Terminator : The Sarah Connor Chronicles, The Cape, Hawaii Five - O and most recently Arrow.

I wanted to post a clip from The Cape or Arrow but since they were very short here´s her appearance on The Late Late Show With Craig Ferguson.

Another shoutout also goes out to Crista Nicole Wagner who celebrates her 38th birthday. She was Playboy´s Playmate of the Month in May 2001.

Speaking about hot blondes that appeared naked inside Playboy - back when they did nude pictorials - WWE 39D diva Torrie Wilson turns 41.

The definition of latin booty and arguably one of the best butts in showbiz ( let´s not forget such bubblebutt babes like Aylin Mujica, Janet Jackson or Beyonce ), Jennifer Lopez celebrates her 47th birthday and originally I wanted to post a clip from The Tonight Show With Jimmy Fallon but then I found a clip from Watch What Happens Live where she appeared with the mother of all plunging cleavages. Holy motorboat invitation, Batman !

I couldn´t find the full show but this short clip is better than nothing.

Robert Hays turns 69, who played the main character in the Starman tv series - which is not related to any of the various Starman at DC comics. He WAS in an episode of the Wonder Woman tv series with Lynda Carter though and he has quite a few accolades as a voice actor. He was Tony Stark / Iron Man in the 1990 cartoon, the Incredible Hulk cartoon and the Spider - Man cartoon and Luminus on Superman - The Animated Series.

Speaking of The Man In The Iron Mask, Today is also the anniversary of Alexandre Dumas´ birth. People always say that writers only can come up with one book that has the potential to become classic literature but Alexandre debunked that theory since he wrote The Three Musketeers, The Man In The Iron Mask, The Count Of Monte Christo and Camille all by himself which are all considered classics. His work has been translated in 100 languages and adapted into all media so here is one of my favorites.

Since the last time I mentioned Lynda Carter on the blog I posted a newer video with her I chose one about the Wonder Woman tv show this time.

We´re closing out the post with another Wonder Woman video this time from Comic Misconceptions about the question why Wonder Woman is always depicted in group shots as running when she can fly. Or can´t she ?

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