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Golden Age Wonder Woman Writer Joye Hummel Passes Away at 97

Joye Hummel, who trail-blazed her way into comics history as the first female writer on Wonder Woman back in 1944, passed away last week at the age of 97. Hummel began her career in comics working as an assistant for Wonder Woman creator William Marston, who was one of her professors in college. She caught the attention of her professor, now boss, who truly enjoyed her writing. He eventually asked Hummel to help him in writing Wonder Woman. Being of a young age at the time, Marston wanted the young woman’s views, as well as her use of the current slang at the time to contribute to the story of the new female hero.

The first issue Hummel scripted was Wonder Woman #12. Unfortunately, Hummel wasn’t credited with writing the story. That went to William Marston and it took over 70 years for the writer to get the credit she deserved for putting the issue together. Hummel would end up staying on the Wonder Woman title for 3 years. She only left the title in 1947, after the death of her mentor.

At the age of 94, Hummel received honors at the 2018 Eisner Awards by being awarded the Bill Finger Award, recognizing unsung heroes of the comic book industry. In addition to her husband, survivors include 4 children (a fifth child died in 2014), five grandchildren, and six grandchildren. passes its condolences to Joye Hummel’s family on the lost of their loved one. May she rest in peace.

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