Summary of “Wonder Woman: Revisiting the Comics Story That Redefined Her”

“For almost four decades, there really had been almost no memorable Wonder Woman stories,” recalls Paul Levitz, comics historian and longtime executive at the character’s publisher, DC Comics.
If you stick around for the end of the credits at this weekend’s Wonder Woman, you’ll see a list of comics creators the producers wish to thank for cooking up ideas that influenced the film.
Thirty years ago, Pérez – a writer and artist of astounding talent – became the man who reinvented Wonder Woman and told what is arguably still her greatest story.
Marston’s story and that of his Wonder Woman tales have been told at length, thanks in large part to the efforts of writer Jill Lepore in her acclaimed 2014 book The Secret History of Wonder Woman.
“The character was an important part of DC history and legacy,” recalls Wonder Woman editor Karen Berger, “But it wasn’t the one that writers and artists flocked towards.” Lucky for Wonder Woman, DC was looking to wipe the slate clean across their entire publishing line.
A light bulb went off in Pérez’s head. Prior to that story, he’d seen creators depict Wonder Woman as a “Female Superman,” but all of a sudden, he saw what made her stand apart: She’s not an alien or a god; she’s a myth.
They released a poster with Diana flying across text that declared “FIRST THE DARK KNIGHT. THEN, THE MAN OF STEEL. NOW, DC DOES IT AGAIN. GEORGE PEREZ, GREG POTTER, AND BRUCE PATTERSON” – the inker – “INTRODUCE THE NEW WONDER WOMAN. COMING NOVEMBER 6TH.” When that day rolled around, the first issue hit stands, bearing one of the all-time great comics covers: Diana’s frame taking up much of the page in a modified version of Da Vinci’s Vitruvian Man, wrists crossed above her voluminous black locks.
If Wonder Woman, the movie, succeeds, the time might be ripe for a Wonder Woman revival.

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