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There are a few new books featuring the women of DC Comics and they are targeted at the youngest of readers.
In September Downtown Bookworks will publish, DC Comics: My First Book of Girl Power by Julie Merberg.
Here’s a few images:
Jose Luis Garcia Lopez artwork is preferable to some of the more modern takes on DC Women.
And that’s not all!
One of my favorite guest posters, Tim Hanley, has taken his love of comics to a new level. This week his book about Wonder Woman becomes available. I’ve read a copy and if you like Wonder Woman or woman in comics, you need to read this book. Buy it here. To celebrate the release, Tim is guest posting again and this time he takes on some misconceptions about Wonder Woman and her world.
Tim’s thoughts follow.
During the new 52 panel at Emerald City Comic Con, writer Charles Soule discussed how the next arc of the story will be about “change” as well as tie into a cross-over starring Doomsday that will take place across all the Superman books.
They also showed the dress cover for Superman/Wonder Woman #7 and it looks a bit different than what got solicited. Actually you could say bloody different:
First here is the original solicited cover
And here is the dress cover
Is Wonder Woman less invulnerable these days?
David E. Kelley, creator of the ultimately awful attempt to create a Wonder Woman TV show, has once again weighed in on how hard it is to do what he tried and failed to do.
Speaking to a reporter at the Television Hall of Fame dinner where he was inducted for programs that did not include Wonder Woman, the writer stated:
“When you are going to do a super hero character, you’re competing with special effects. Television budgets are hard to match with respect to the future world. … Audiences are used to seeing the (film) exploits of Iron Man and Batman and that can’t be accomplished in TV. That’s the hurdle for anyone in the super hero franchise to take on.”
Kelley is married to actress Michelle Pfeiffer who played Catwoman in the film Batman Returns. Ironically last month several people (including myself) pointed out the resemblance of the young actress selected to play Selina Kyle in the in “Gotham” a upcoming TV show which will star a young Bruce Wayne as well as other characters from the Batverse.
That show will join Arrow and Constantine as television programs based on male characters from the DC universe that are not Wonder Woman.
Last year Amazon, the proposed television show starring a young Wonder Woman, was shelved by the CW who aired the long running Smallville.
Wonder Woman’s only media appearance outside of animation in almost 40 years is currently a “guest role” in the upcoming, unnamed Man of Steel film sequel referred to as Batman vs. Superman. She will be played by Gal Gadot.
Below is actress Adrianne Palicki, who was the best thing about Kelley’s attempt, in the classic “bathing suit” costume in the pilot.
Gloria Steinem is 80 years old today and as one of the architects and leaders of second wave feminism there is much to be thankful to her for. But because this blog focuses on the women of DC Comics, there is another reason to be thankful for her - she is instrumental in making Wonder Woman have a resurgence in popularity in the 70s by putting together a book containing her early strips and, of course, putting her on the first cover of Ms. Magazine.
She also pushed DC to undo the “New” mod Wonder Woman of the 70s and give Wonder Woman back her powers.
Steinem said about Wonder Woman:
“Looking back now at these Wonder Woman stories from the forties, I am amazed by the strength of their feminist message. Wonder Woman symbolizes many of the values of the women’s culture that feminists are now trying to introduce into the mainstream.”
While Wonder Woman has appeared on Gloria Steinem’s magazine several times in addition to the one above, Gloria has only appeared along with Wonder Woman once in Darwyn Cooke’s The New Frontier Special (with art by J. Bone where Wonder Woman and Canary break up a Playboy club.
And there at, literally, the end is a bunny who resembles Gloria Steinem who famously went undercover as a Bunny for an Esquire article.
Happy Birthday, Gloria.
And thank you.
Just because Wonder Woman doesn’t wear green doesn’t mean she can’t celebrate!
Earlier this week I posted some warm-up work by Brian Stelfreeze. They including some pieces for last week’s them of Black History month as well as this week’s theme which is “DC WOMEN WHO KICK ASS”. Here are a few more from this week:
Wonder Woman - look at those muscles!
Power Girl - nice to be able to post all of her today.
And, finally, Oracle.
And like every year I think the best way to celebrate is with Wonder Woman because as artist Sarah Satrun says:
DC and Marvel are unlikely to do any more crossovers anytime soon so we will be unlikely to see the most red, white and blue comic team-up of all time - Wonder Woman and Captain America. The two are a popular pair in fan art including this piece by the Black Cat.
But now we have the most fabulous team up of all of the two superheroes.
During the last few days I’ve been asked about two Wonder Woman items a number of times. The possible new creative team is one and I’ll be putting together some thoughts on that. Second, is my reaction to this post on CBR, "My 10 Year-Old Daughter Couldn’t Care Less About Wonder Woman."
It’s a good read so go take a look. She notes that Wonder Woman is not pervasive as a role model for girls in pop culture is absolutely true. She hasn’t had a TV show in 35 year; has never a big screen movie; she has had not ever had a kid friendly comics that focus exclusively on her. And there are so few kid’s toys that feature Wonder Woman that I have written entire posts on them when they show up. By contrast if I did that for, say, Batman there would be an entire blog devoted to it. Oh wait, there is one.
And I absolutely agree with the writer’s concern about her daughter not caring about Wonder Woman. Wonder Woman is a great character for girls - powerful, wise, smart and, when written correctly, one who chooses peace over war and love over hate. One who fights for good and equality. Plus she has an invisible plane. Who wouldn’t want to be like her?
Obviously this little girl does.
So I have to ask, “so why isn’t there a Wonder Woman all-ages comic?”
Today is the birthday of one of my favorite comic artists - Cliff Chiang. I’m lucky to own two pieces by him.
Wonder Woman, of course
And a combo Batgirl and Oracle.
I’ve met Cliff a few times and he always a joy to speak with. So let’s all wish him a happy day and let’s revel in some of his other wonderful portraits of DC women.
Birds of Prey!
Babs as Prince! (I’ve got an autographed one of these)
Poison Ivy (fixed!)
One of things I appreciate about Cliff is ability to dress women realistically and wearing clothing from the current decade:
Here are Barbara Gordon, Zatanna and Wonder Woman out for a night on the town.
Zatanna on a couch. I have those boots.
Wonder Woman out for the night.
And finally maybe my favorite Chiang piece:
Check out these awesome posters of DC Women from vendor "Geek My Wall" which uses Typography to create new ways to look at some of our favorite characters.
'Of all people, you know who I am… …who the world needs me to be. I'm Wonder Woman.”
”I don’t know about you, Miss Kitty, but I feel so much yummier.”
"Oh, come on, Puddin’! Don’t you wanna rev up your Harley? Vroom vroom!”
”You know you can’t resist me. No man can.”
Along with posters they are selling t-shirts as well and they have much more than comic characters.
Wonder bondage Cliff Chiang style!
WONDER WOMAN #31
Written by BRIAN AZZARELLO
Art by GORAN SUDZUKA
Cover by CLIFF CHIANG
1:25 BATMAN ‘66 variant cover by MICHAEL ALLRED
On sale MAY 21 • 32 pg, FC, $2.99 US • RATED T
An unlikely ally arrives on the eve of the Battle for Olympus… but standing by Wonder Woman’s side is a deadly place to be!