As you should know by now, this website runs under the (correct) premise that Donna Troy, a separate entity from Wonder Woman, first premiered in WW #123 and not years later with the first appearance of the Teen Titans, as is so commonly (and incorrectly) cited. Here's how she was presented for years by Andru & Esposito. You can tell her apart from the younger version of Diana in that Diana often wore a plain tiara, had curly bangs, sometimes wore a skirt, had ribbons on her shoes, etc., although the depiction of Diana as Wonder Girl did evolve through the years until it became this -- though almost as soon as it did, the character split from WW in that everyone started referring to her as a separate person and not Diana (though Donna didn't get a civilian name until TT #23).
Here's Donna in the first appearance of the Teen Titans, her first time outside the pages of Wonder Woman. In two panels artist Bruno Premiani drew her with the Wonder Woman-style walking shorts, but the rest of the story had her in her usual boy-cut briefs. Eventually the boy-cut was shortened to just briefs.
Okay, the outfit on the right was a one-issue deal where the Titans redid "A Christmas Carol," but isn't this just too cute for words?
Note the two ways that the eagle was presented, though it was usually drawn as a plain silhouette, even when large as on the cover on the left. Also note the missing lasso. Wonder Girl's lasso was often missing or invisible or stuck in her bra or something until she needed it, at which time it would miraculously appear.
And heeeeere she is! Wonder Girl gets a new costume to celebrate the Titans realizing that it was a mod, mod world out there. Okay, it was to mark that she got a civilian name at last, as well as a real origin. Note that the Amazon bracelets are (choke) feminized (and match the new necklace) by the addition of little beaded bracelets, which any Amazon will tell you will wreak havok during a hot game of Bullets and Bracelets.
This version was only seen on the cover of Teen Titans #24. I think it's good that Donna has a long-sleeved version in case of cold conditions, don't you?
Just a few months later, the Titans failed to save the life of Dr. Swenson, a modern-day saint, and went into a heavy guilt-trip. They swore off their powers (well, those who had powers) and shucked the costumes. Luckily, Mr. Jupiter took them on as a social experiment and gave them really cool, tight uniforms to wear. (That's Wally West's magnificently-toned butt just ahead of her, btw.)
Donna and new team member Lilith almost immediately switched to pleated skirts. At first everyone in the Titans wore white shirts and purple pants/skirts. On the WG costume here from the cover, note the star arrangement (they wrapped around the back to reappear on the right hip), as well as the interesting fact that not only did Cardy snub Amazonian bracelets for Donna, but this is definitely a charm bracelet.
Then Donna got her own color: red, while Lilith wore a snazzy two-tone green outfit. Still, Donna didn't wear her costume into any action. Hey, she was a girl, for pete's sake. Let the men handle the rough stuff, right?
This one's for WW fan Martin Gray. He's obsessed with the time that Donna was hypnotized (against her will) into overcoming her biggest fear: "I've always been AFRAID of anything that diminishes my femininity!" So she goes through a hallucinated scenario in which she has to make the decision to disguise herself as a man and shave her head.
This episode was done within the framework that she had to please a man in order to be happy. Ah, feminist writer sensibilities!
Penciller Art Saaf deliberately leaves off the Amazon bracelets as Wonder Chick suits up FINALLY after her no-capes period. It was strange that after just a couple issues the guys didn't mind suiting up, but Donna kept relatively in the background in her civvies. What, DC sexist?
Note that she no longer wears the gouge-out-your-eye necklace. Her costume now has a "v" neckline -- something Saaf liked to do with ALL the heroines he pencilled. The neckline stuck even after he left. The stylized "W" belt buckle is now a more conventional letter without eagle connotations. The lasso conveniently clips on top of her belt so artists don't have to remember to draw it by her side.
In 1976 ABC ran the World War II-era adventures of Wonder Woman, starring Lynda Carter. Two episodes guest-starred Diana's little sister, Donna Tr-- I mean, Drusilla, who journeyed to Man's World for one reason or another. She was played by Debra Winger in a costume two sizes too small, and yet she still managed to upstage Lynda. I loved watching these eps just to see the jealous steam rising out of Carter's ears. Drusilla was a comic treat on the show, and she could spin into her costume just like her big sister. In case you can't see it from these photos, there's also a small line of red stars on the left strap of the costume.
Note that in 2007-8 DC ran a miniseries featuring Cassie Sandsmark, the OTHER Wonder Girl, and they gave her the secret identity name of "Drusilla." The writer claimed it wasn't really a fanboy nostalgia thing; it just happened. Uh huh.
The necklace is back! Look at that sucker! It's BIG. It'll HURT someone! And the triangle-W buckle is back.
We return to a plain "W" for the rest of the lifetime of the red longjohns. Don Heck had his own idea of how the stars should align.
George Perez shows us his version of how the star pattern goes. For the most part, artists followed this template afterwards.
When I first posted this index, a lot of people demanded, "WHY do you say Cassie's bracelets can't be based on Donna's, because Donna never wore stars on her bracelets?" Well, she didn't, I countered, and they all pointed me back to Donna's wedding. Couldn't find any weird bracelets there.
But when I went back farther to Tales of the Teen Titans #45, I found a very strange sequence in which Donna prostrates herself before her mother, asking her permission to get married. First, Donna claims that Amazons who marry must lose their powers. HOGWASH! This is left over from the times in the late Golden Age (the Fifties) where Wonder Woman, like ALL women, was supposed to give up her career when she got married and stay barefoot and preggers in the kitchen. That would make it about fifteen versions of Wondie before 1984. And yet the image of subservient women remained in Wolfman's mind, I suppose.
Anyway, Queen Hip tells Donna that she's not REALLY an Amazon (gee, that must sound great for adopted kids everywhere, that they're not REALLY part of their adoptive families) and that her powers (which, in another Marv [I Don't Know Nuthin' About Amazons] Wolfman travesty, had been given to her artificially because AMAZON TRAINING DIDN'T WORK ON HER) are thus gifts. Hippy blesses the marriage and Diana presents her with new bracelets with teensy-tiny bitty stars on them that symbolize that Donna stands between two worlds: that of Amazons and mortals. I think it was just an excuse for Perez to add a tiny bit more frou-frou to Donna's outfit (and tie something in to the TV series).
At any rate, in the years to come the stars -- when the artist remembered them -- were usually colored blue, and seemed like just another set of blue reflections on the black bracelets. Donna wore these guys until she went all Troia on us.
Okay, it's not a costume, it's just some one-time event as Donna marries Marv, I mean, Terry Long. That's Diana to her right, in a typical unusable-ever-after bridesmaid's gown (though it looks better than what the bride's wearing).
When did the stars on Donna's outfit start being colored yellow without it being a mistake? It could have been when the first run of TT stopped. There's too much eyestrain is involved in figuring this out, so let's just say that it went on for a long time, shall we? I think the white stars -- and especially the combination of white and black stars -- really made her outfit pop. The yellow stars seemed to drear it down a bit, even while the amount of shown cleavage increased as the years went by.
Oh, the horror!
The preciousness of this outfit was "explained" by it being made up of gifts from the various Titan gods from Donna's latest post-Crisis origin. Coeus gave her the belt buckle-pendant to honor Chronus and to remind her of his virtue and leadership. (Chronus was dead at the time.) Oceanus and Tethys gave her a mystic net which "gathered and tamed the great seas." It's worn in the arm gauntlets. Hyperion and Thia gave her armored metal "forged by the sun's own flames. It shall serve to reinforce your own strength!" Iapetus and Themis gave her an earring "whose stone was used to balance the scales of justice... A reminder that fairness must always prevail." She wears this bauble on her right shoulder blade.
Phoebe's bracelet provides the material for the little skirty peplum and sleeves. Mnemosyne and Creus provided the star cloth, woven "from the starry firmament. Its pattern is ever changing... and will always show you where we are." Rhea is given the responsibility for the "Troia" name, though up to this point "Troy" had been Donna's name when she was growing up among the gods.
The outfit owes a bit more than a tip of the hat to Dave Cockrum's Starboy costume design over in the Legion of Super-Heroes. It was there that the starfield material was first used, and many artists have copied it since. Fans usually refer to this technique as the "Star Boy effect."
It could have been worse. Sharp-eyed Donna fans have pointed this version out to me. It appeared ONLY on some trading cards and in Who's Who, strangely quite some time (two years!) after the Horror first appeared. Say, when did Donna undergo that sex-change?
After the sudden birth of her son, Donna had to save him from some mad god and went just a touch crazy, transforming into a goddess. At the end of the adventure, her powers were taken from her (per her request) (women can't handle power, you know) by the Titan gods who raised her.
For a brief period the now-powerless Donna Troy joined the Darkstars, some kind of boring interstellar somethingorother organization, like second-rate Green Lanterns. They all wore the same uniform. I guess the suit gave her some kind of ray powers. I zoned out when reading the books. Note: do not confuse these heroic Darkstars to the modern, evil (I think; they also make me zone out) Darkstars.
In 1996 DC published an Elseworlds (out of continuity) series called Kingdom Come. Some fans worship this series and hold that it's the Absolute Future of the DCU though it's been sideswiped again and again, particularly by 2001's Our Worlds at War. (After ICk the KC Earth was incorporated into one of the in-continuity 52 Earths.)
Aaah, I thought it was an okay "All Hail the Glory of Superman" story, but just okay and with a dash of a grimace. Anyway, Donna showed up briefly as a chubby, middle-aged and ponytailed, minor superhero.
Awright, we got yet ANOTHER origin for Donna, this one by (hisssss) Byrne who decided that Donna wasn't complicated enough. So now she's the replicant of Diana, formed from a mirror reflection when Diana was a young teen. Byrne brought in a lot of Precious stuff (like the Anomaly that was Hippolyta) so of course he had to dress the two Amazon teens in the mode of the early-Sixties Wonder Girl.
Many fans think that the villainous Dark Angel, who kidnapped Donna and tortured her, was one of Donna's new 1000 lifetimes, so I include her here. Dark Angel has since been retooled post-ICk, but I dunno anymore. DC doesn't have any continuity these days. WHATever.
After Diana got kicked out of Olympus, she still had enough umph to restore Donna's memories of her present life to her via souped-up memories from Wally West. (Yes, ugh, what a concept.) Anyway, she presented the restored Donna Troy to everyone dressed in the outfit above and right, at which point Donna passed her red longjohns on to Cassie Sandsmark, the new Wonder Girl. We never saw this outfit again, thank goodness. Kinda pointy, ain't it? Hmm... Looks a lot like Dark Angel... (cue ominous music)