The headline sounds like the title for a great new chapter book series. What it is an announcement from the Library of Congress that Lynda Carter will appear at Library festivities celebrating the world of comics. This comes on the heels of last weeks announced “Library of Awesome,” a pop-up exhibit featuring items from the Library’s comic-book collections presented in conjunction with “Awesome-Con,” Washington, D.C.’s annual convention of comics, cosplay and pop culture, on view Wednesday, June 14 – Saturday, June 17 on the first floor of the Thomas Jefferson Building, 10 First Street S.E., Washington D.C. Tickets are not required.
Librarian of Congress Carla Hayden will interview Carter, known for her role in the 1970s Wonder Woman television series, at 2 p.m. on Friday, June 16, in the Coolidge Auditorium of the Thomas Jefferson Building, located at 10 First Street S.E., Washington, D.C. Carter will discuss how her legendary character empowered generations of girls and boys. Tickets will be available beginning at noon on Monday, June 5 at this website. The interview will be live-streamed on the Library’s Facebook page at facebook.com/libraryofcongress and its YouTube channel at youtube.com/LibraryOfCongress.
The Library of Congress holds several significant issues of the Wonder Woman series. As the first female superhero, Wonder Woman first appeared in All Star Comics, No. 8 (1941) in a nine-page story as the Amazon princess Diana, who nursed American Captain Steve Trevor back to health following an airplane crash. She debuted as the lead character in the inaugural issue of Sensation Comics, No. 1 (1942) arriving in the United States with Captain Trevor. Both comic issues will be on display. Her creator, psychologist William Moulton Marston, who took the pen name of Charles Moulton, has stated that he created her to be the strong, self-reliant and confident female superhero that she became.
Following her role as Wonder Woman, Carter has performed as an actor and singer. She has appeared live in Las Vegas and has made guest appearances on television shows such as Law & Order, Smallville and Two and a Half Men. In 2005 she appeared in the film version of The Dukes of Hazzard and played Mama Morton in the West End London production of Chicago. Most recently, Carter played the role of President Olivia Marsdin in season two of the CW’s Supergirl series.
Visitors who come to “Library of Awesome” programming dressed in superhero/heroine costume will receive a 15-percent discount on merchandise at the Library of Congress Shop.
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