Stock Up on These Wonder Woman Stamps for All Your Heroic Feminist Correspondence
There are lots of great female superheroes these days, and they all owe a debt to Wonder Woman, who is the most iconic female superhero of all time. In honor of the 75th anniversary of her first appearance, the U.S. Postal Service has come out with a series of Wonder Woman stamps, and they are just perfect for all the letter-writing we’re all going to be doing in the coming years.
We’re going to be seeing a lot more of Wonder Woman in the near future, and that’s always a good thing. The Wonder Woman movie comes out on June 2, and I’m crossing my fingers that it will be an outstanding success, because if it isn’t we’ll all have to hear: “We can’t make female super hero movies, because Wonder Woman didn’t do well” Â for the next 20 years. (I’ve heard that about female super hero movies since the failure of Halle Berry’s Catwoman in 2004, and I’ve almost recovered from all the head-smacking it caused.)
Wonder Woman is fantastic. She’s strong, brave, and committed to fighting the worst evils in the world, even when they don’t directly affect her. She could have stayed on her island paradise with her friends and family, but she put on her magic armor and left, because she saw that there was bad shit going on in the world, and she was going to fight it.
In 1972, Wonder Woman was on the cover of the first issue of Ms Magazine, and she graced it again for the feminist magazine’s 40th anniversary in 2012.
The new Wonder Woman stamps are so badass, they might be enough to inspire a person to start writing letters again. There are four Wonder Woman stamps, each reflecting a different era of comic history: Golden Age (1941-55), Silver Age (1956-72), Bronze Age (1973-86), and Modern Age (1987-now).
They seem like they’d make all letter-writing more fun. Stick one on your rent check, because you are a rent-paying badass who works hard and gets stuff done. Use her to write a letter to your senator, because you are a patriotic hero and defender of justice. Send a pack of them with your kid when you pack them off to camp, and maybe they’ll actually write you a letter. (My mother sent me to camp with stamps, but I traded them to other kids for candy and the next spot in line to borrow Flowers in the Attic from the cool girls in the older cabin. Maybe I’d have been less selfish with Wonder Woman staring back at me.)
A pack of 20 stamps–five of each design–costs $9.40. They’re Forever stamps, which means they’re worth 47 cents apiece now, and will always be worth whatever the standard first-class mail postage rate is, so when the Post Office next raises postal rates, people will still be able to use them without having to deal with finding a bunch of 1-cent stamps to add to it. That makes them a pretty safe investment, so now I want to buy a whole bunch so I can keep using them for all my most important correspondence for the next 10 years or so.