Paradise Island - Mysterious
Island seen on the fantasy adventure series WONDER WOMAN/ABC/CBS/1976-79.
Located at 30 degrees 22' North, 60 degrees 47' West, Paradise Island is the
home of Wonder Woman (Linda Carter) and her mother Queen Hippolyte (Carolyn
Jones) who reign over a race of super Amazonian women who derive their great
strength from the prolonged exposure to a rare element known as "Feminum" which
is unique to Paradise Island. Wonder Woman's bracelets (made of Feminum) could
The island's location is protected from the prying eyes of outsiders from light
refracted over the island. Queen Hippolyte said of the island "There are no men
here. It is free of their wars and barbaric ways. We live in peace and
The issue that revealed
the secret of Paradise Island
The Wonder Woman character first appeared in Golden age comic books in All-Star
Comics vol. 1 #8 (Winter 1941-42) and later in the post golden age comic The
Flash vol. 1 #137 (July 1963).
According to the comic history, Wonder Woman was immortal as long as she
remained on Paradise Island. If she left the island, she would loose her
immortality and began to age (but at a rate slower than normal mortals).
Everything that Wonder Woman is comes from the soil of the Paradise Island
because Wonder Woman was created from the clay of Paradise Island when Hippolyte
who longed for a child was instructed by the goddess Aphrodite to mold the image
of a child from the island's clay. The clay form was imbued with life and
Hippolyte named her child Diana after the Roman name for Artemis, goddess of the
hunt. Wonder Woman received her immortality when she drank from Paradise
Island's fountain of eternal youth.
The one caveat of the island: No men allowed. Why? Well, according to legend
some says that a huge tidal wave will engulf the island if men visits the island
while another suggests that the God Zeus will reign down thunderbolts to blast
the island to cinders, if a man ever set foot on the island.
The true reason is revealed in Wonder Woman No. 216 when Queen Hippolyte tells
female superhero Black Canary (a.k.a. Dinah Lance) that men are forbidden on
Paradise Island because "any Amazon seeing a man standing on their island will
instantly fall hopelessly in love with him. So much so, in fact, that they begin
to fight amongst each other until the peaceful and loving Amazons are reduced to
barbarians." When the Black Canary delivered her report to the Justice League,
she left out the secret she learned.
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