June '03April 2003

Walter Simonson says he had fond memories of the Diana Prince era, so when his Wondie lost her powers, she dressed in white. Artist Ordway didn't quite get her hair right (he had it a low pigtail instead of drawn back from the crown), but it was close. Ah!


One of the big publicity stunts of the Simonson era was to have Diana cut her hair short to disguise herself as she's on the run from the Shattered God. Here we see that the semi-amnesiac Wondie is also missing her bracelets and lasso, still to be recovered during the course of the story.


JLA: Age of Wonder

In one of those truly original (cough) Elseworlds "what if we switched the time eras?" tales, we find Superman and the JLA in the Victorian era. It's kinda cute how they gave Diana a little tiara for real.

Trinity 2003

 

 

 

Trinity (the three-part book, not the series) was a story that supposedly told the actual, in-continuity tales of how the Big Three first met each other. Unfortunately, that story had already been told years before, and Trinity was chock-full of continuity errors, 95% of which were on Wondie's side. Why is it that so many creators just can't get their feet out of the past and move forward? Here we see the return of the shorts -- which were NEVER used post-Crisis. Wondie also wears a cape for the occasion of "first" meeting with Superman. She ditched it for the rest of the story. Note the use of the origami eagle head.



Blue Amazon 2003

Oy. Blue Amazon was the third part of an Elseworlds trilogy that played off of old movies: Metropolis (for Superman), Nosferatu (for Batman), and The Blue Angel for Wonder Woman. Here we see Diana in all her beauty, on the right as she was portrayed on the cover and then on the left as she was inside (after she got rid of a black bodysuit). Wondie fans reported in on the DC boards that the cover scared them away from even taking a peek inside. I peeked. WARNING! Wondie fans shouldn't waste their money on this book unless they really enjoy seeing her used as a perpetual victim of both physical and mental torture, and as a sex object.


Sept. '03

Finishing up the Simonson story arc in the mother book, Wondie merges with the Shattered God to create this amalgam. Isn't it funny how, even as part-god, she just can't give up the spangles?




Feb. '05

 

 

 

 

 

Superman/Batman #15 was an alternative future kind of imaginary story in which Superman got to beat up Wonder Woman before he strangled her with her own magic lasso. Oh boy, the new DC.

New Frontier

In 2004 DC published The New Frontier, a retro look at the world ca. 1950's. If you were really into the Martian Manhunter, Green Lantern of the Hal Jordan variety and the Chal... Challengers of the... Sorry, dozed off there... Challengers of the Unknown, this was the storyline for you! Wondie got to preside over a massacre of male torturers (far left pic is the celebration afterward), and not much else except confront Superman with a contrary point of view. In '08 we got Justice League: The New Frontier Special, in which Wondie (with Black Canary making snide comments) got to beat up a roomful of male chauvinist pigs at a Playboy club. (To think: some WW fans don't understand why the character is perceived as a man-hater.) A DVD movie was made from the original series.

The Journey Begins book cover

 

In 2004 Harper-Collins put out a series of books about Wonder Woman. There were two types: a brightly-colored picture book with a loose storyline for ages 4-7, and a slightly illustrated (in b&w) book for ages 7-10. Kids were greeted with the youthful Diana, newly-arrived in the world but strong, confident and dynamic. Unfortunately, she wore a skirt (it never flew up when she moved). But hey, she also wore straps, so that's something.

She also wears the iggle, but that was probably because it was easier to draw on a top that had all that drapery.

The prose for all these books was by Nina Jaffe and the lively illustrations, by Ben Caldwell. (Ben says that it was the editor who insisted on the skirt.) I try to give these books out every Christmas to my angel tree recipients. Let's start the next generation of comic book readers off right!

Do a search on Amazon to find 'em all! (Update: the used prices are sky-high!)

Mar. '05

 

 

Just a costume variant, this time from JLA Classified (which I think presented out-of-continuity stories or stories from non-present-day JLA eras) #3. Note the unnecessary shield and the star placement. And Diana's extremely petite size. That's Superman standing behind her in the panel on the right. You can see his Sasquach-sized shoulder.

 

June '04

at left Artist Drew Johnson changed the =W= and lost its third wing. He also gave Diana the oil-slick straight hair she'd been pictured with in JLA, and put ridges on all the metal parts of her costume...

cover of issuse 203, June '04July '04

at left While the cover artist, J.G. Jones, pictured her this way, with third wing intact. Note the enormous tiara, the angular lasso and baggy boots.

at right On the right is a costume variant from Adventures of Superman #628. Funny thing; they'd gotten the belt right in the preceeding panel. Doesn't he know that anal-retentive fans are watching?

Nov. '05Diana in armor with spear, helmet, dagger, shield, and double-edged battle axe.at left Issue #209 featured Diana going to battle against Medousa. She stayed up all night to strategize, then emerged in the morning with this outfit on, all armored up. Her supreme tactic: to put a sash across her eyes under her helmet. Boy, was Medousa surprised! At any rate, check out the armor as well as the eagle-ized =W=. This was the Dec. '04 ish.

The OMAC Project #6 at upper right included one of those end-of-the-world battles that no one ever refers to again because, well, it was so unimportant. And boring and illogical, if I may add. Wondie had to wear ugly armor with those baggy AH! boots, while carrying an axe that could only have minimalized use of her great strength. Was this supposed to have been the same outfit as the one on the left?

This was right before the Max Lord debacle.

March '05Sept. '05

at left Issue 212 had the blind Diana suited up for battle against Briareos. Contrast and compare above with the outfit she wore in issue 209, especially the =W=.

June '05at left Note the open lasso strap.

at right JLA Classisfied brought stories out of the modern timeline (and sometimes continuity). Issue #10 was placed during the My Little Pony Paradise era and a group of all women (why?) are brought to Paradise to study with all the women (why all women?) there. As they prepare to check out the digs, someone attacks one of the islands and there's a huge, island-shaking explosion. Don't know if I got any followup chapters. Though this Wonder Princess costume is quite niftily depicted, the writer obviously had no clue about the Amazon society during the MLP era, much less that the island was protected absolutely by a whole legion of gods. (Ahem. Attention: Mr. Rucka!)


Das Goofball
Dec. '04various goofball outfits

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

Clearing out my office of various goofball stuff here.

JLA: Created Equal was hyped before it came out as a book that would feature the superheroines of the DCU. When it finally appeared, it had "JLA" in the title. What it was was a Superman book, in effect a pissing (or ejaculating) contest between Superman and Lex Luthor. Superman ended up impregnating every female of child-bearing age on the Earth, so there, Lex. Yeah, ew.

But the outfit's here because of that blasted goofball tiara which bothered me all the way through. It's just a tiny band and Wondie's forehead awkwardly sticks out above it. It may be a proper royal tiara look, but it's not a proper WW tiara look.

The next pic is from Superman #636, which was during the goofball "Wondie blinds herself" era (and written by the same author). Note the goofball point on the =W=. Owie!

In Superman #127 we had the goofball "tiara as a headband" look, where it's pushed beyond the forehead and into the hair.

Superman #210 gave us goofball boots, goofball cape, goofball shield, goofball knife... and of course, GOOFBALL SKIRT!!!! Sheesh!

Sept. '04spikes!Spike heels! Heels of any kind! Need I say more? (This shot's from the cover of Trinity (the series) #16. Darn that Jim Lee! And PS: pointy toes are just silly.)

Here's another thing that bugs me, this time from Action #817: the top and bottom lines of the tiara don't mirror each other. You see this a lot. (Sometimes an artist will sneak in a bit of a noseguard as well. Boo!)

Nov. '03On the right is a goofball Adam Hughes cover shot from issue 196. (Note: this cover is a redo. It originally had reporters poking at her and a look of fright on her face, but fans on the Message Boards saw the preview and protested enough that the image was changed, much as the nipple-fest cover for issue #186 had to be changed.) (Love love love AH!'s talent, but why does he have to choose to be inappropriate ALL the time?)

two goofball depictions

 

 

More goofiness. At left, from JLA #105: Someone thought Diana was She-Hulk. She is not. (And hello, her belt's completely wrong.)

To the right: Action #818. Wait. Why does Action get to go up to #818, but Wondie's not allowed to retain her original numbering, which would set her (soon) in the venerable 600's?

At any rate, here's a goofball sexist depiction. Note how we have uber-clear 3/4 views of both her gigantic boobs and her half-covered butt. How much uncomfortable undulation offers that kind of view? Ugh. Also note here that Wondie's tenderly administering to Superman in his hour of medical need, as she's done quite a lot over the years. Hm. When has Superman ever done the same for her? [insert raucous game show buzzer here] And hey, doesn't he have a wife to take care of him?

Aug. '04Jan. '04This is the opposite of the She-Hulk depiction: the anorexic, about-to-blow-away-in-the-wind Turner rendition. This time it's from Superman/Batman #11.

Right: From JLA #90, here's another She-Hulk shot, which is better than all the idiot grins she gave during this ish. During another JLA event when both Wondie and Bats were about to die (they got better after a few thousand years iIrc), they gave each other a goodbye/have courage kiss. Some fanboys went crazy, to the point where DC addressed this by making the smooch much more than it was. So Diana puts herself into J'Onn J'Onzz's dream machine (of course Bats was too macho to do this) and flashes on a few "what-if" scenarios, which include herself as Batwoman (right). Funny how she pictures herself in a couple subservient roles here, and never sees Batman as human but rather unfeeling and uber-macho. Pretty much goofball overall. Oh—she decided they should just be friends.

April '06

 

Wonder Woman as cigarette girl, catering to Superman's every need, or so this panel from Superman #226 makes it look. This is supposed to be a flashback to the Earth-2 Wonder Woman (whom I'd bet good money also never intentionally wore a skirt into battle). Check out them highlights on her headlights, boys!

 

 

 

April '06

So there's this big crossover event called Infinite Crisis, or ICk, which primarily was to show us what scuzz our heroes were. DC promised us a light at the end of the tunnel that would reveal them to be true, to-the-core heroes, but apparently that plan fell through. Along with most of the logic of such crossovers as ICk and its predecessor, Identity Crisis (also ICkie), and its never-ending successors, 52 and Countdown. (The latter two contained a lot of [idiotic] Donna Troy stuff so I'd occasionally pick up an issue.) I wouldn't know too much about Countdown's successor, Final Crisis, because DC has established such an abysmal record that I've learned my lesson.

Anyway, during ICk (issue #5) a person claiming to be the Earth-2 Wonder Woman, fresh from Olympus where her hubby Steve has died in order to give her the power to appear at this time, comes to Diana to chastise her for being an ice-queen jerk and not coming to the allmighty Superman's aid. Then this "Earth-2 WW" vanishes, supposedly into nonexistence.

I think we can discount the veracity of this being. It was probably Ares or Circe in disguise trying to work their usual psycho hoodoo on Diana. Fmeh.


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