April 1993

Diana wore a different uniform for a time. When all the Amazons mysteriously disappeared (leaving her no princessly coffers) and the Justice League listed her as dead after her lengthy Space Pyrates sojourn, she needed money to live on so she got a job at Taco Whiz. It was a good period for her, though the idea that WW would ever stoop to base labor seems to revolt some fans.
May '93

During this time the staff had Diana in what I'll call Wonder Civilian clothes. Here, though, someone must have slipped some acid left over from the Seventies into Diana's biggie Taco Whiz drink. Honey, pink sweater and red-and-white boots? What WERE you thinking?

July 93Aug. '93

Diana REALLY gets off on proclaiming that she and she alone is Wonder Woman, no matter where she might be. Diana's supervisor, Hoppy, shows us some more of that snazzy Taco Whiz uniform as Diana runs around in a Wonder Civilian outfit.


Whoa, man. A badly-chosen Wonder Civilian outfit over there on the right. The ladies on the local corner must be coaching her in how to dress.

Star Riders

Here's something really weird. In 1993 Mattel tried to put out a toy line for girls, starring Wonder Woman. They gave the doll very long hair (note the extra ponytail) so that girls could get their jollies brushing it, and someone dressed her in a prissy skirt. Luckily, someone else screamed, "NO SKIRTS FOR ACTION HEROES!" and put some ugly tights underneath it.

The reason this unproduced toy line is included in this index is that a mini-comic was actually produced of it and included with various Barbie dolls for a short period of time to promote the line. It's an in-print WW; thus it's included here.

If you want the lowdown on this concept, please go to Wonder Woman and the Star Riders for an enthusiastic and informative read.

Dec. '93 March '94

(left) Meanwhile, back in the comics Diana was still longing for her Wonder suit 24/7. I mean, she walked regular streets like this...


At right: a one-shot artist. Dig the pointy belt! Owie! And those are definitely french-cut briefs now.


Superboy Annual 1994


Gah!!! Has there ever been a more ugly version of the Wondie suit? This was for an Elseworlds series that meandered through the Superboy annual in 1994 and somehow slopped over into the Superman one, too.


JLA Annual 1994

There must have been an Elseworlds theme for annuals that year, for here in the JLA Annual we find at first a not-quite Silver Age Wondie in regular Silver Age suit (with lace-up sandals and sloppily-depicted eagle) who is done away with along with the rest of the JLA by Felix Faust, whom they have never fought before.

To combat the resulting boredom, Faust re-creates the Justice League and we get the costume version you see here on the right. For some reason a red-headed, tiara'd (post-Crisis tiara, no less) Diana (left) was shown on the cover.

Nov. '94

 



Mike Deodato, Jr. brought Diana full-bloom into T&A. Those are THONGS, ma'am.
Jan. '95

A closeup of the sandals of Hermes and the Gauntlets of Atlas, which the Amazon Artemis had to use when she was Wonder Woman. We see two Gauntlets here, but there seems to have been a miscommunication, for only one was planned. Still, here's two to hit actual print, so two is what there are. What happened to the other one? Perhaps that's fodder for a future story.

Years later Newsarama interviewed Mike Deodato:

"I got to do Wonder Woman [in 1994]. In three months, the sales doubled and tripled or something like that. Because they gave me freedom to do whatever I want[ed]. It was not said, but I kept doing things and I kept making her more ... um ... hot? Wearing thongs. I talked to [the writer] Bill Loebs at a [comic book] convention, and he said his friends call his run on Wonder Woman with me 'porn Wonder Woman.' (laughter) OK. Thanks for letting me know. But back then it worked. Every time the bikini was smaller, the sales get higher."

Fabulous.

Jan. '95 July 1995 Yep-a-doodie, another Amazon got the title of Wonder Woman. That's Artemis with the unbelievably long hair. Why didn't she ever trip on it? She had to load the sandals and gauntlets as well as her bow and arrows onto what there was of the Wonder Suit.

This time, none too pleased, Diana followed to the outer world wearing this Biker Chick getup, which I believe was designed (in an admitted hurry) by Brian Bolland, who turned out many an upstanding WW cover in his time. Yes, there are actually some people who like this version.

At right is a better view. Even when deposed as Amazon Champion, Diana still can't stay away from the spangles.
XenaYou are just NOT going to tell me that Xena, Warrior Princess, was not a WW knock-off. That's a leather verion of the Wonder Suit right there, with the little warrior skirtie thing added on. She even had a googly eagle motif on the bodice of her outfit and wore the circular chakram at her side instead of a circle-tied magic lasso. Xena was even enough on the ball to add some sensible STRAPS to her outfit! WHY didn't DC wake up to her popularity and skew Wonder Woman to take advantage of it?
Winged VictoryI'm going to place this visual here in 1995. Not sure of the actual date of this particular ish (probably 1996, though the character had appeared before this story), since I bought most of my Astro Citys as trade paperback reprints. Anyway, Kurt Busiek's marvelous comic book series held a character called Winged Victory, who was clearly modeled after Wonder Woman. Peter Svensson of the DC MBs noted that Alex Ross did the art for both this and Kingdom Come, the birthplace of the Screaming Chicken. (see below)


Sept. '95

John Byrne (::ducks while people hiss::) took over writing and art and did many an unpleasant thing to our heroine. However, he did put some material back into her outfit and simplified it. Note only two stars on front -- and NO STARS on the back! Unfortunately he also gave her that gigantic tiara. Note the huge bracelets now with points and incised lines.
April '96April '96

Amalgam Comics was a series of Marvel-DC crossovers in which they did mixed-up versions of their characters. Well, you'll see with the next visual. In this instance, Bullets and Bracelets, they teamed Diana in a version of her Biker Chick duds (that's a miscoloring on her right thigh below the shorts) with some Marvel character, who cares who he was. Note the skull motif.


You see? They combined Storm and Wonder Woman and got this nifty outfit. I've always thought the original Storm had one of the snazziest costumes ever, and thought the same of the first revision of Ms. Marvel. Both costumes were designed by Dave Cockrum. Byrne designed this riff.

Kingdom COme, 1996 Oh, brother. Kingdom Come. Okay, this was a four-issue Elseworlds book -- did you hear me? ELSEWORLDS!!! Meaning it wasn't in continuity, but set in a POSSIBLE future that was rendered null by Our Worlds at War. It was one of those "all hail Superman" things and was painted by Alex Ross, who gave Wondie this little loincloth jobbie as well as what I christened (::accepts applause::) the Screaming Chicken Armor. Post-Crisis Wondie doesn't need armor; why wear it, much less this stuff which cuts off her vision and has those gawd-awful wings? Why the Screaming Chicken outfit instead of the armor she's already worn in her own book? To my point of view, it was included only to become a guy-doll, whachacallit, action figure... which it eventually did, I think, but not right away.

As I said before, on the DC WW message board, fan Peter Svensson mentioned that Alex Ross did the covers for Astro City and he did the art for Kingdom Come. Did Ross design the Screaming Chicken outfit as an homage to Winged Victory? Why? Why overshadow an icon like WW with the imagery of a much more minor character?

July '96The Screaming Chicken outfit is absolutely ludicrous! So of course we'd see it again. And again. Why, they even made a little stupid statue out of it.


When new supporting character Cassie Sandsmark one day saw an emergency concerning Wonder Woman, she had to throw together an emergency costume with emergency powers so she could help. First she used the brunette wig (! It suddenly was a wig! How convenient!) from Diana's Biker Chick run. She then "borrowed" the Sandals of Hermes and the Gauntlet of Atlas for power. Thus began the career of the Modern Age Wonder Girl. If you're interested in seeing how her costume evolved, check the Cassandra Sandsmark Costume Annex.

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