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Elizabeth Sandifer

Elizabeth Sandifer created Eruditorum Press. She’s not really sure why she did that, and she apologizes for the inconvenience. She currently writes Last War in Albion, a history of the magical war between Alan Moore and Grant Morrison. She used to write TARDIS Eruditorum, a history of Britain told through the lens of a ropey sci-fi series. She also wrote Neoreaction a Basilisk, writes comics these days, and has ADHD so will probably just randomly write some other shit sooner or later. Support Elizabeth on Patreon.


  1. 5tephe
    November 30, 2011 @ 12:57 am

    Hey there Phil – might be a good idea to include the first (repeated) chapter as a link, or a -more- tag, or something.

    I got horribly confused, and worried that I wasn't getting an update, just a re-run.


  2. Steve Hogan
    November 30, 2011 @ 4:21 am

    Ditto what 5tephe said.

    Intriguing. I never really followed Wonder Woman all that much, although I did go back and check out Denny O'Neil's early 70's post superhero boom version that tried to reposition her as a kind of Emma Peel figure.

    Have you ever read Carol Lay's Wonder Woman novel "Mythos"? I picked it up chiefly because I was a fan of her work and had had several email exchanges with her. It's interesting from the perspective that she was a female cartoonist who wasn't from a superhero background (She took the gig largely to try to break into prose.) and that she seemed to be channeling her frustrations with a frivolous husband (Ending in divorce.) into her depiction of a male mirror version of Amazon Island. It's a very post modern take on the character that could only have come from a woman.

    P.S. I'm a professional artist, and if you'd ever be interested in trading one of your books for an illustration let me know.


  3. Elizabeth Sandifer
    November 30, 2011 @ 5:32 am

    5tephe – Fair enough.

    Steve – I haven't, but that sounds fascinating and I'll definitely check it out.


  4. BerserkRL
    November 30, 2011 @ 5:36 am

    I wonder whether you misunderstood 5tephe's comment? Do you realise you included the entire first chapter at the top of this second chapter?


  5. Elizabeth Sandifer
    November 30, 2011 @ 5:38 am

    Huh. Well, that explains why the entry felt like it took an awfully long time to scroll past.

    OK, now it's fixed then. 🙂


  6. BerserkRL
    November 30, 2011 @ 5:44 am

    "Her magic lasso … is the most obvious example of this – a rope that forces whoever is bound with it to obey her."

    Given Marston's involvement with the development of the real-life lie detector, isn't the lasso's ability to make people tell the truth more central to its role?


  7. Elizabeth Sandifer
    November 30, 2011 @ 5:59 am

    The lasso/lie detector connection is a commonly drawn one. At least at first, though, I think it's wrong – the lasso is introduced as a device to compel general obedience, not as one to compel honesty. She uses it for interrogation regularly, yes, but as introduced it's expressly a device of general dominance, not a lie detector analogue.

    I'm not far enough through the reading to know if the development to the lie detector mode of operation happens under Marston or not.


  8. Wm Keith
    November 30, 2011 @ 6:24 am

    Not only has my only experience of Wonder Woman been the 1970s TV series (on first transmission in England), I've never even really tried to read comics (as opposed to reading the words and skipping the details of the pictures). However, I enjoy your writing, so I've signed up to kick you. I just hope that the PD project can get the BDSM out of your system before you reach Castrovalva.

    I've popped into the local library and borrowed its one "Wonder Woman" volume – a collection of 1958-1959 strips – from the "Teenage" shelf. Also borrowed (from "Adult Non-Fiction") a glossy reproduction of the Bayeux Tapestry, for comparison. And so that the librarian didn't look down her nose too much.


  9. BerserkRL
    November 30, 2011 @ 9:25 am

    For Wm Keith: fyi, here are some pics/pages from the early issues that Philip is talking about:






    Also, if your library has Jules Pfeiffer's Great Comic Book Heroes (the original edition with comics pages included, not the reissue with just Pfeiffer's text), that has the first or second WW story in it, IIRC.


  10. Jesse
    November 30, 2011 @ 10:57 am

    A ten-volume set? McGann doesn't get a whole book?


  11. BerserkRL
    November 30, 2011 @ 11:27 am

    Philip's prejudiced against half-humans.


  12. talestoenrage
    November 30, 2011 @ 4:11 pm

    I'm surprised you didn't put the racism of Wonder Woman comics in context with almost every other comic book (and newspaper comics, which were still HUGELY popular at this point) having racist caricatures, even as main characters. Ebony White, from The Spirit, is probably the best example for the overall era.


  13. BerserkRL
    November 30, 2011 @ 9:05 pm

    If you think that's bad, see what the Blackhawks' supposedly positive Asian sidekick looked like:




  14. Wm Keith
    December 1, 2011 @ 12:10 am

    Thanks, BerserkRL (to me you'll always be 7a1abfde-af0e-11e0-b72c-000bcdcb5194).


  15. occono
    December 1, 2011 @ 3:28 am

    Kickstarter is very limiting on who can give donations…only those within certain countries and only by credit card and not debit card, isn't it? You should maybe have a Paypal button as an alternative, maybe with a smaller donation to make up for not being able to give the book or get a refund if the total wanted isn't gotten….


  16. BerserkRL
    December 2, 2011 @ 7:58 am

    Have you seen this lunacy?



  17. bdsm Slave
    December 7, 2011 @ 1:54 am

    I love.


  18. Kat42
    June 17, 2012 @ 1:11 am

    I was just wondering have you considered putting your books up on other sites as well as Amazon? places like Lulu.com and such seem to be popular places and I don't think it costs you so it just seemed like the more places that people can run into your books the better and then if anyone was bothered by having to buy internationally that would solve that I think.


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