Ray Caspio

Performance & Teaching Artist

Wonder Woman: Unhampered by Masculine Destructiveness

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The quote I depicted here is my favorite from the entire Wonder Woman TV series, from one of my favorite episodes: Fausta, the Nazi Wonder Woman. Fausta was one of the few episodes based on an actual comic book story, published in Comics Cavalcade #2. Often thought of as the third special of the television series – since it was the third to air – it was actually produced second and should be watched after the Pilot if you like any kind of continuity. <<...obsessive viewer...>>

Fausta Grables (Lynda Day George), former Olympian and current Nazi – a natural progression – devises a mission to come to America in order to capture Wonder Woman and learn her secrets. She's successful, and attempts to convince her superior, Colonel Kesselman (Bo Brundin), of the truth-coercing abilities of the Golden Lasso. He, being a stubborn, arrogant, male Nazi, is having none of it. Wonder Woman, once bound by her own lasso, offers Fausta the following when asked, in front of Kesselman, "What makes you so strong?": 

"On Paradise Island there are only women. Because of this pure environment, we are able to develop our minds and our physical skills, unhampered by masculine destructiveness."


In the end, Wonder Woman reforms Fausta, who stays in Germany and becomes a double-agent.

Unfortunately, the peaceful, advanced, intelligent interpretation of Paradise Island no longer exists in the DC Comics universe, where the Amazons are depicted as warriors, rapists, murderers – and also, an obliterated nation. It's unfortunate, but it's important to remember that for 70 years, the message of the true Wonder Woman was put out into the ether.

background photos by Frank J. Lanza Photography, courtesy of Theater Ninjas
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Ray Caspio received a 2016 Creative Workforce Fellowship. The Fellowships is a program of the Community Partnership for Arts and Culture. Funding for the Fellowship program is made possible by the generous support of Cuyahoga County residents through a public grant from Cuyahoga Arts & Culture.