On April 9th, we were sad to learn that the first female writer for Wonder Woman, Joye Hummel passed away, she was 97 years old. Joye Hummel made history at the age of 19 by becoming the first female writer for Wonder Woman, she helped shape Diana into the hero she is today and inspired writers and artists who would follow in her footsteps.
At the age of 19, she was a student at the Katharine Gibbs School in New York, Hummel’s answers on her psychology final greatly impressed her professor—Wonder Woman creator William Marston—that he hired her as his assistant. But at the time she wasn’t aware of Marston’s second career as a Comic Book Creator, but it wasn’t long until she began helping Marston with scripts and story ideas.
Marston had contracted Polio and Hummel would take on more scripting responsibilities on Wonder Woman and then ultimately moved on to publishing stories on her own. Sadly, the comics were not published in her name but under the pen name “Charles Moulton”, a pseudonym for Marston for his Comics Work. But Hummel’s contributions are now known and recognized. Her first solo story, “The Winged Maidens of Venus” in Wonder Woman #12, finds Diana seeking the help of some otherworldly winged warriors to prevent a third World War. Hummel would continue her work on Wonder Woman for three years, from 1944 through 1947, ultimately leaving the book after Marston’s death.
Mrs. Hummel would never work in Comics again, she would later get married and quit writing Wonder Woman after her honeymoon in 1947, to focus on raising a family. Joye would become a Stockbroker in her later years. According to an email to Lepore in an interview for Lepore’s Book titled “The Secret History of Wonder Woman“. But she was aggrieved when the comic’s new writers eliminated much of the feminist themes championed by Marston, who had died earlier that year. Joye would also receive the Bill Finger Award For Excellence in 2018 for her contributions and was a Guest of Honor.
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