New York: Random House, 1980. 1st Edition. Small quarto, publisher's glossy illustrated paper-covered boards.
DC Comics pop-up book, featuring 12 moveable illustrations of Wonder Woman pursuing the evil Cheetah after she and her gang kidnaps a bank president's child. Created in 1980 during the ascendency of Reaganism (and precursor to the now-hegemonic Girl Boss mentality), the Wonder Woman presented here marks an era of excessive capitalism, consumerism, a misrepresentation of communism, wealth disparity, class warfare, etc. (If only she realized she's a pawn of political power!) "Fantasy characters like Batman, Superman and Iron Man are the horrific embodiments of neoliberal capitalism. By making us sympathise with powerful but all-too-human billionaires, these films legitimise the power of the Berlusconis and Rupert Murdochs of the world.… What is hidden behind the superhero's colourful costume is in fact the true power of Capital" (from Slavoj Žižek’s review of Capitalist Superheroes: Caped Crusaders in the Neoliberal Age, Dan Hassler-Forest). Illustrated by renowned comic book artists and editors Ross Andru and Dick Giordano and engineered by Ib Penick, "the creative mind behind the resurgence of pop-up children's books in the 1960s and 1970s." Title number 39 in the publisher's Pop-Up Book series, numbered to the spine. First printing, with complete number row to copyright page. Fine, with all parts intact and working. Item #2300