You heard it folks. The superheroine is getting a well-deserved makeover after 69 years as a patriotic icon, reports George Gene Gustines for the New York Times. Wonder Woman’s wear has finally become functional. I personally love the new look, and those you don’t – at least it’s not as bad as having nipples and codpieces added to your Batman suit.
In Issue 600 of her monthly series, Wonder Woman gets a new costume a bit more suitable for crimefighting. New design by Jim Lee.
Wonder Woman writer J. Michael Straczynski says, “She’s been locked into pretty much the exact same outfit since her debut in 1941.”
This issue of Sensation Comics No. 1, dated January 1942, featured the first Wonder Woman cover. Credit: DC Comics
“If you’re going to make a statement about bringing Wonder Woman into the 21st century, you need to be bold and you need to make it visual. I wanted to toughen her up, and give her a modern sensibility.”
Given Wonder Woman’s pre-eminence as a female character in the largely male superhero pantheon, her looks have always been a matter of more than casual interest, to both fanboys and feminists. In a 2006 interview about her work on the series, the novelist Jodi Picoult said: “One of the first things I did was ask if we could give her breast-reduction surgery, because as a woman, I know you wouldn’t fight crime in a bustier. But I was somehow shot down by DC.”
The new costume will almost certainly be better received than the curveball thrown Wonder Woman in 1968, when she lost her powers, dressed mod and practiced martial arts.
The cover of Wonder Woman No. 178, from 1968, is by the artist Mike Sekowsky. In this issue Wonder Woman loses her powers, goes mod and takes up martial arts. Credit: DC Comics
It took the attention of no less than Gloria Steinem to protest the change, and to help get the Amazon back into her star-spangled duds. Ms. Steinem went on to use Wonder Woman, resplendent in red, white and blue, on the cover of the first issue of Ms. magazine in 1972. A cover line proclaimed, “Wonder Woman for President.”
That’s the kind of attention Mr. Straczynski thinks she deserves: “Wonder Woman is a strong, dynamic, vibrant character who should be selling in the top 20, and I’m going to do all I can to get her there.”
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