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The Bracelets of Submission were a pair of indestructible metal cuffs worn by all Amazons of Paradise Island. Wonder Woman used the bracelets to deflect gunfire, blasts, small missiles and other projectile weaponry.


Background Information

Pre-Crisis: Earth-Two / Golden Age

The Bracelets serve as a reminder of the years when the Amazons were subjugated under the rule of the treacherous Hercules. Years after gaining their independence however, the Amazons continued to wear the bracelets as a symbol of their past oppression. Every Amazon at age 15 are given bracelets to wear as they pledge themselves to Aphrodite.[1]

Used primarily as a defense artifact, the bracelets were also used on the trial game known as Bullets and Bracelets, in which an Amazon would deflect bullets using only their bracelets.[2]

The bracelets however had a serious disadvantage, as they would remove the wearer's strength if any man could bind their wrists.[3] Also, if the bracelets are removed, the wearer would run amok in a kind of "berserker rage."

Pre-Crisis: Earth-One / Silver Age

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Pre-Crisis: Earth-1A

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Notes

  • The Bracelets were created by William Moulton Marston and Harry G. Peter.
  • It made its debut in Sensation Comics, #8 (October 1941).
  • The bracelets are usually made of metal. In some continuities, they are steel, in others they are Amazonium, or silver, or Feminum.
  • In some parallel worlds, but not others, the bracelets are the key to Wonder Woman's main weakness.
  • The history behind the Bracelets of Submission was originally developed by Wonder Woman creator, William Moulton Marston.
    • The inspiration for their creation came from the bracelets that his lover Olive Byrne (and former student) -– upon whom much of Wonder Woman's original character was based – wore frequently.[4]
    • They bracelets served as an allegory for Marston ‘s philosophy on loving submission and the emotional control associated with it in order to balance out the strength of the human ego.


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References

  1. As revealed in Wonder Woman, #1 (July 1942).
  2. As revealed in All Star Comics, #8 (October 1941).
  3. As revealed in Sensation Comics, #4 (April, 1942).
  4. Information from: Comic Book Legends Revealed! #362 at CBR.com
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