March '82

I THINK this is Steve Trevor under Dr. Psycho's illusion, dressed up as Captain Wonder. This identity problem gives me an excuse to present another, better shot at a later date.
Feb. '83

The two contemporary parallel Wonder Womans got together in the pages of Wonder Woman #300. See how now their uniforms are different? Not only does OUR WW have the =W=, but the Earth-2 Wondie has the duck-bill boots. They also began to put a little gray in her hair.
Feb. '83

Issue #300 had this little illo on the back cover. I'm told that the DC digests full of reprint material and sold next to TV Guides at checkout counters occasionally had new material in them. Some of the stories concerned the "Super Juniors," which were toddler versions of DC's super-folk.
April '83

Hey, we can't have slews of stories about Superman's ancestors who all looked exactly like him (I'd jokingly say "even the females," except it seems that Superman didn't HAVE any female ancestors. Guess they all had cooties or something and DC didn't want them to rub off on their Main Man by association.) without WW doing the same thing! So DC came up with Artemis, the original Wonder Woman from a time when the Amazons still lived on the (correctly spelled) isle of Themiscyra, before Hercules came upon them. In her first appearance she held a shield that had the =W= symbol on it until someone figured out that that symbol wouldn't be constructed for a millennia. Then she went to this moth symbol. Oh, is that supposed to be an eagle?
Aug. '84

If you're going to have an Earth-2 Wondie, THIS is how you present her! Sure, she has gray hair because she's been in Man's World for so long, but she also has the eagle that covers more than her breasts, and lord look at the duck-bill boots! Of course, she's wearing briefs... Well, everything can't be perfect. Blondie there is Earth-2 Diana's daughter, Lyta Trevor, aka Fury (now Fury II or III or something), who wore one of the ugliest costumes ever designed.
She-Ra

In 1984 Mattel came up with a new line of dolls -- I mean, action figures (mustn't scare the boys or their fathers) -- called "Masters of the Universe." One of them was She-Ra. In 1985 (and again in 2002) the toys were made into cartoons. She-Ra was the sister, I think, of He-Man, and had a secret identity of Princess Adora. Note the frou-frou on the chestal area, so reminiscent of WW's eagle, as well as several other Wonder elements. Of interest to me is that the doll had a transparent skirt -- a perfectly acceptable way to dress an action hero, as now the underwear is supposed to be seen -- and I've seen comics with She-Ra that show her in the transparent skirt. I think that when artists want to put WW in a skirt they should consider such transparency; the coloring technology is certainly capable of depicting such.
Feb. '85 Feb. '86
See? Here's Dr. Psycho as Capt. Wonder, with Etta Candy hunting him down though she's also semi-ensorcelled by his mind games. You go, Etta!

 


Do not adjust your monitor! This just shows how lousy DC's printing was back then. (And I've enhanced the visual through PhotoShop, if you can believe that.) Here's the wedding DC gave Diana and Steve just before she met her end in Crisis (heavens, we mustn't kill a woman who's a virgin! DC pulled the same stunt [in flashback] for Supergirl, and then similarly in flashback post-Crisis for Hippolyta, who wasn't a virgin but who hadn't Had Some in some time, they gave her a lover just before she was offed.) Hey, look at the illo -- isn't it sneaky how Heck put the eagle back on the bustier for this one last time? Give the guy ten Amazon brownie points for chutzpah.

 



Crisis!
Within a twelve-issue miniseries, DC consolidated all its universes into one and in essence rebooted Wonder Woman.


June '86But they had to keep publishing Wondie to keep the franchise even though the new series wasn't figured out yet. Kurt Busiek and Trina Robbins presented The Legend of Wonder Woman, a sorta in-between-everything version of Wonder Woman that was narrated and advertised as being in continuity (as if anyone knew what continuity was at this point) but wasn't. If they just hadn't claimed the continuity thing, I could have enjoyed it. I mean, tremendously. As it was... uggh! (I think the continuity thing was DC's PTB's fault, and had nothing to do with Robbins and Busiek.)
May '86

The version of course included Diana Prince.

 

 

 


Power Princess

Over at Marvel they managed to pull off a miniseries (not so mini as I recall, and the thing was brought back for another run recently) called the Squadron Supreme that was a direct knock-off of the JLA, including Power Princess here. Don't know why DC never sued.
Dec. '86

Rich Howell produced a Wonder Woman takeoff called Portia Prinz, "the world's LEADING pseudo-intellectual super-heroine." It was a comedic, philosophic look at an Amazon (okay, Glamazon) nation facing the late Twentieth Century. It was a little slow-moving at times, but I enjoyed it. Some of Portia's outfits seemed inspired by the Diana Prince era.




Second Series
Perez's reboot

Second Series

Here we go! Wonder Woman was rebooted and George Perez tweaked her costume to the version shown here. Note the double-pointed tiara and SILVER bracelets. Silver?? Blasphemy! I don't care WHAT Mary Richards remembers. And they're so big -- well, that's sensible, if you have to perform Bullets and Bracelets. But silver!!!?

The things to watch for in this new version are the various ways artists did the =W=, the star pattern, the style of briefs, whether the red shows above the =W= or not, and the bracelets. They'd get bigger, pointier, have inscribed lines...

 

 

 

 


Nov. '87

And Perez originated all the frou-frou of the modern era, which is why this index goes on so darned long. Here Diana was relaxing but she just couldn't get away from the star-spangles. Yes, it got tiring after a time to see her always like this and none of the other Amazons celebrating Diana Trevor (we'll meet her later). But at least she never suited up for battle deliberately wearing a skirt. Well, not in her own book. I'll note the occasion much later. You know, it occurs to me that Diana must have really gotten off on being Wonder Woman to wear the spangles all the time. Does this mean she was egocentric? I'll be referring to these non-action outfits as "Wonder Princess" costumes.

 


Nov. '87

The rebooted WW was a soldier and wore armor though she didn't need it. This new Wondie was a Superwoman in disguise, defined by DC's PTB as second in power to Superman.
Dec. '87

Blondie there is Diana Trevor, mother of Steve Trevor and the inspiration for Wondie's suit. Go to the next page for the fuller explanation.

 

 

 


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