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2010-2011 The Justice League of America 100 Project charity art by Agnes Garbowska

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"You stealthily assault one another from behind cover with wedged flakes of frozen water? I suppose this helps maintain battle readiness. Still, I'm much more interested in this immaculate conception you speak of between god and woman..."

In late 2000, a consortium of comic publishers came up with the idea to create a financial safety net for comic creators, much in the same fashion that exists in almost any other trade from plumbing to pottery. By March of 2001, the federal government approved The Hero Initiative as a publicly supported not-for-profit corporation under section 501 (c) (3).

Since its inception, The Hero Initiative (Formerly known as A.C.T.O.R., A Commitment To Our Roots) has had the good fortune to grant over $400,000 to the comic book veterans who have paved the way for those in the industry today.

The Hero Initiative is the first-ever federally chartered not-for-profit corporation dedicated strictly to helping comic book creat…

2011 “Wonder Woman - Paradise Island” color art by Pablo Alcalde Fernández

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"Wonder Woman fights in the beginning of her career as the Princess of Power!" Check out the original uncolored line art here, see her astride a horse for combat in Wonder Woman Princess Warrior, and you can spy the Amazing Amazon elsewhere in today's artist showcase links...

Pablo Alcalde Fernández
BEFORE NEW 52: BOOSTER GOLD @ BOO$TERRIFIC“LAST SON OF MARS - Martian Manhunter” @ The Idol-Head of Diabolu“KING OF 7 SEAS - Aquaman” @ Justice League DetroitJustice League of America Sample Pages @ Power of the Atom

2008 Cheetah animated style art by Martin Koza

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2010 Wonder Woman Sketch Card art by Joshua Flower

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If you read this blog with any regularity, you probably know how much I hate Wonder Woman aggressively posturing with a sword like the legions of Red Sonja knock-offs that have arrived since the Bronze Age. Wonder Woman is a cowgirl, not a barbarian. That said, if she must sling a pig-sticker, I prefer that it occur during World War II. I can always pretend I'm looking at Hippolyta, and if I've learned anything from thousands of movies, it's never not okay to murderize Nazis. If you like the Amazing Amazon making with the stabby as much as this artist, you should check out his other 2010 sketch card or 2011 commission. The delightful blogs below also have more subjects to share...

Joshua Flower Power
The Nuclear Men @ Firestorm FanThe Maid of Might @ Supergirl Comic Box CommentaryJLA vs. Brainiac @ The Idol-Head of Diabolu While we're at it with the sharing, you might also like to check out these fan fiction posts for The Atom & Hawkman team's ex…

Sensational Comics for March, 2013

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And on the seventh month, DC rested. These Amazon-related solicitations are finally getting manageable again, sans specials, Superman/Aquaman crossovers, an extended tour in Batwoman, etc...

Wonder Woman
WONDER WOMAN #18
Art by TONY AKINS and DAN GREEN
Cover by CLIFF CHIANG
1:25 B&W Variant cover by CLIFF CHIANG
On sale MARCH 20 • 32 pg, FC, $2.99 US • RATED T
Retailers: This issue will ship with two covers. Please see the order form for more information.

• We’ve seen the history Wonder Woman shares with Ares — but what does the God of War have planned for her future? Diana stole the power of full unaided flight from Donna Troy, the parentage of Zeus from Cassie Sandsmark, and now the early ties to Ares from Nubia? What a role model. Nothing says heroine like sloshing through a puddle of blood of your own making.
JUSTICE LEAGUE #18
Written by GEOFF JOHNS
Art by IVAN REIS and JOE PRADO
Backup story art by GARY FRANK
Cover by IVAN REIS and JOE PRADO
Variant cover by AARON
1:100 B&W Variant c…

2010 “Death of Wonder Woman” color art by Craig C. Cermak II

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Sorry to go so long without a post, but I had a Top Five personal worst sickness last week. It's a point of personal pride that I usually have to induce vomiting on the rare occasions I succumb to the need, so involuntary projectile puking was a new, humbling experience for me. "Assignment where I had to put in about 6 different types of vegetation with a figure who was killed against the base of a tree. I chose to use Wonder Woman, because I... I am addicted to DC... and I had it so she reverted to clay upon death. As legend goes, she was molded from clay by the queen of the Amazons." My next-to-last post featured this same artist, and that's due to his clearly having a love of the breadth of characters in the DC Universe after my own heart. He's demonstrated great facility with many of them, but I confess that his Wonder Woman art has tended to turn up more as an obligatory inclusion here than as a compulsory one. I also have a noted lack of fo…

The Top Doctor Poison, Queen Clea and Veronica Cale Covers

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I often complain about the overuse of Circe, Cheetah, and Ares in Wonder Woman stories, but I must confess that I've shaved the barrel's bottom on character-themed cover countdowns far sooner than I would have expected for such an iconic heroine. Doctor Poison was a creepy cross-dressing member of the Axis in some Golden Age tales, was forgotten for decades, and has turned up here and there since her revival during Erik Luke's run in the '90s. Queen Clea is an evil Golden Age Atlantean who was brought back by Phil Jimenez pretty much solely to fill out Villainy Inc. Veronica Cale was created by Greg Rucka based on his career defining formula of being excruciatingly derivative and arbitrarily inserting at least one prominent female supporting character into every book. Cale is a female Lex Luthor, specifically the Marv Wolfman/John Byrne envious corporate tycoon version from the Post-Crisis years. I used to despise her, but other writers (specifically Keith Giffen) made…

2007 Wonder Woman ink wash art by Craig Cermak

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Craig Cermak
2007 Steel ink wash art @ DC Bloodlines2007 DC2 Justice League of America ink wash @ The Idol-Head of Diabolu2006 Zatanna with rabbit sketch @ Justice League Detroit2006 Damage ink wash art @ Power of the Atom

Wonder Woman Gallery by Brian Shearer

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1993 Wonder Woman redesign doodle by Diabolu Frank

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In the wake of "Reign of the Superman" and "Knightfall," I became fixated on my own design revamps of iconic DC heroes. I would do pages and pages of quasi-stick figure revisions in marker, and have sometimes featured them on my Martian Manhunter blog. Such an over-sharing occurred today, and since one of my Wonder Woman attempts was on the same page, I thought I'd crop it to spotlight here. Forgive the dismal quality, but depending on your viewing platform, the image is larger than original size. The elongated bracelets turned up in the Byrne period, and Perez did the thigh high boots on occasion in his day. Nothing new here, not even the basic image, which I believe I swiped from a Sal Velluto drawing.

Speaking of which, you might get a mild kick out of my 1994-1995 Swipe Collage or the rest of this page, offered on other blogs today.

All The World Is Waiting For Nubia!

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After several years as a de-powered urban adventurer in contemporary fashions, Diana Prince went back to being Princess Diana of Paradise Island in 1973. As part of the issue celebrating the rebirth of the costumed heroine Wonder Woman, a new character of seemingly great import was introduced. An armored warrior who appeared to be Diana's equal or better (taking into account the Amazing Amazon was probably a bit rusty at super-battles) laid claim to the title of Wonder Woman. It was soon revealed in a spectacularly blatant retcon that this was Nubia, Diana's literal soul sister sculpted from dark clay at the same time as Diana at the command of the goddess Aphrodite ("Afrodite?") Nubia was blessed by the goddesses as Diana was, and meant to be raised as her twin, until she was kidnapped in infancy by the war god Mars. Nubia was then raised to become Diana's adversary, and usurp her role as the champion of the Amazons.



Clearly, Nubia should have either become one…

Sensational Comics for February, 2013

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Wonder Woman
YOUNG ROMANCE: A NEW 52 VALENTINE’S DAY SPECIAL #1
Written by ANDY DIGGLE, ANN NOCENTI, CECIL CASTELLUCCI, PETER MILLIGAN and others
Art by GENE HA, EMANUELLA LUPPICHINNO, BECKY CLOONAN, PHIL JIMENEZ, SANFORD GREEN and others
Cover by KENNETH ROCAFORT
On sale FEBRUARY 6 • 64 pg, FC, $7.99 US • RATED T

• Romance is in the air in this very special Special!
• Wonder Woman consults Eros himself about her feelings for The Man of Steel.
• Barbara Gordon has always been too busy for romance, but could her role as Batgirl bring her back to the first guy she ever kissed?
• Following the events of “Death in the Family,” how can Catwoman ease Batman’s troubled soul?
• Aquaman makes waves as he treats his wife like a queen for a day.
• From the pages of STORMWATCH, Apollo and Midnighter celebrate Valentine’s Day separately but with each other in mind. Who—or what—stands between them?
• Dick Grayson and the daughter of Lucious Fox meet-cute!
• Plus: Perforated Valentine’s Day cards featuring the s…

Veterans Day 2012

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When Princess Diana came to Man's World, she bribed a similar looking nurse named Diana Prince to relinquish her identity to the Amazon. In both cases, the driving motivation for the switch was infatuation with a man, which is unfortunately non-feminist in retrospect. However, the ersatz Diana Prince joined the U.S. military, and her role as a female member of Army Intelligence was exceptional for the time. Across decades of service that included the wars in Korea and Vietnam, but most especially active participation in World War II, "Diana Prince" attained the rank of Major. From Revolutionary War soldier Deborah Sampson through to our current servicewomen, let's take a moment to think of those who have fought for their country, and by extension the advancement of their gender.

For more, perhaps you'd enjoy a Mademoiselle Marie adventure from today's DC Bloodlines post on The Brave and the Bold #52 (February/March 1964), or more such combat tales by followi…

2009 Cassie Sandsmark Wonder Girl color sketch by Yıldıray Çınar

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2012 “Classic v. DCNU: Wonder Woman” by TJ Frias

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"By this time, you've probably had your fill of the DC relaunches. Maybe you love it and maybe you loathe it. But this series of sketches were inevitable. I present my "Classic Versus DCNU" series. Next we have both versions of the Amazon Princess: Classic Diana in her red, blue, and gold versus Jim Lee designed, sword-weilding Diana. Mech pencil on sketchbook."
I've made it pretty clear how a feel about Xiana Amazon Warrior Princess, which is a very particular, very minimizing and alienating interpretation of Wonder Woman with origins dating back as far as the Silver Age. However you feel about Azzarello and Chiang's run, I think we can all agree that this ain't your grandmother's Mujer Maravilla. I'm divorced enough that I don't even consider it a legitimate run, and prefer Geoff Johns' awful but franchise building work with the character in Justice League that the latest deconstruction of mythology from the epony…

Wonder Woman Annual #7 (1998)

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Wonder Woman was in a particularly bad mood as she used her bracelets to deflect a barrage of bullets from some thugs. Using her Lasso of Truth, she forced one of her would-be killers to see all at once the facts that added up to his life being worthless. Despite being entangled by an unbreakable rope and within feet of a woman with super-speed, he managed to shoot himself in the head before anyone could stop him. This same "heroine" perceives his blood floating through the air for six panels, and then spotted the ghost of her old friend Myndi Mayer begging "Save her... Save her..." before disappearing in a spectral haze. A page later, the dude's body was still falling with plasma on the breeze.

A figure of clay with life breathed into it by gods she knew personally, Princess Diana had difficulty understanding the compromise of faith that would lead a person to take their own life. Myndi Mayer had died from a drug overdose after serving Wonder Woman as an eage…

2004 Wonder Woman “Pensive” art by Will Conrad

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Again with the sword, but I do enjoy the Steve Lightle vibe here.

JLA: Scary Monsters #1 (May, 2003)

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In the Dakota Badlands of 1877, U.S. Calvary soldier Abel Carmody rescued the granddaughter of an American Indian shaman who gave his life to contain a demoniac hoard that had plagued Black Spirit Lake and slaughtered Carmody's troop. Carmody eventually married the girl, become a great industrialist, and constructed the fortress "Carmody’s Folly" in preparation for another terrifying assault.

In 2003, Plastic Man was on monitor duty aboard the JLA's lunar Watchtower. Aquaman was on leave. Superman was on active duty, combating global issues. Batman, Martian Manhunter and Wonder Woman were all on-call, the latter in New Zealand on a forest hike with adolescent girls.


Vacationing elsewhere were Green Lantern Kyle Rayner, his girlfriend Jade, the Flash, and his wife Linda, who had taken to the Spirit Lake Resort for a vacation. Also at the resort were Kishana Lewis and three fellow forest service fire fighters, who were called out by resort manager William Hume to insu…

2010 Wonder Woman color art by Yıldıray Çınar

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"Wonder Woman Copic markers, pitt pen, brush pen, pro-white and correction pen." I like this one a lot better than the sober piece from last week, especially that jubilant lasso work!

Yildiray Cinar
2012 Art Gallery: Mera @ The Aquaman Shrine2008 Mister Miracle color art @ DC BloodlinesClassic Firestorm @ Firestorm FanSketches of Jason and Ronnie @ Firestorm Fan2012 Aquaman art @ Justice League Detroit

Sensational Comics for January, 2013

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Wonder Woman
WONDER WOMAN #16
Written by BRIAN AZZARELLO
Art and cover by CLIFF CHIANG
1:25 B&W Variant cover by CLIFF CHIANG
On sale JANUARY 23 • 32 pg, FC, $2.99 US • RATED T
Retailers: This issue will ship with two covers. The variant cover will feature the standard edition cover in a wraparound format.

• Wonder Woman and her half brother Milan must grapple with the dangerous New God known as Orion!
• What strange alliance has the terrifying First Born made?

Why am I looking at a Wonder Woman cover and thinking of Dario Argento's Creepers?
BATWOMAN #16
Written by J.H. WILLIAMS III and W. HADEN BLACKMAN
Art and cover by J.H. WILLIAMS III 1:25 B&W Variant cover by J.H. WILLIAMS III On sale JANUARY 23 • 32 pg, FC, $2.99 US • RATED T+ Retailers: This issue will ship with two covers. The variant cover will feature the standard edition cover in a wraparound format. • This issue guest-stars everybody! • In this penultimate chapter, everything that’s been happening in BATWOMAN comes to a h…

2012 Wonder Woman angry art by Yıldıray Çınar

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This menacing piece reminds me of Michael Turner's infamous lasso noose cover from Identity Crisis. Yıldıray Çınar features quite a bit of Wonder Woman sisterhood art in his deviantART gallery and tumblr, which I'll try to feature here over the next few weeks. In the meantime, how about a head sketch?

Yildiray Cinar
2012 Art Gallery: Yildiray Cinar @ The Aquaman ShrineHawkman Sketch @ Being Carter Hall2009 Orion color commission @ DC BloodlinesJason Rusch’s first costume @ Firestorm FanEarly Firestorm Try-out @ Firestorm FanGuy Gardner @ Green Lantern Butt's FOREVER!2012 J'onn J'onzz sketch @ The Idol-Head of Diabolu2012 Justice League International art @ Justice League Detroit

2011 Wonder Woman print by Johnny J. Segura III

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If you like your Amazing Amazons bloody rare, you could do worse than this print. However, the artist has drawn Princess Diana in sweeter moods, and even gussied up a My Little Pony version. Given my druthers, I'd at least consider the horse (no kanga?)

Johnny J. Segura III
2012 L'lex Xanadar Comicpalooza Commission @ The Idol-Head of Diabolu2012 Zatanna color art @ Justice League Detroit

2012 Hitfix: Wonder Woman is a Superhero who Really Doesn't Need Her Own Movie

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Wonder Woman fans have heard this drum beat countless times-- the pros and cons of finally making a major motion picture for the Amazing Amazon. The movie site HitFix has come down on the negative side with their recent list, 10 Superheroes who really don't need their own movie... Wonder Woman

When Warner Bros. turns down drafts that are as faithfully rendered as the Laeta Kalogridis draft and the Joss Whedon draft, it's time to admit that they are too scared of the overall iconography of Wonder Woman to ever successfully turn her into a standalone franchise hero. This is not a case of no one ever writing the right script. They've done that several times now. This is a case of a mythology that is inherent to the character that Warner Bros. simply can't imagine supporting a series. Wonder Woman has historically had a hard time in the comic market supporting her own title as well, and while she is definitely one of the most iconic and recognizable of DC's creations…

2012 Wonder Woman color art by Marcio Takara

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Check out the original black & white art here

Marcio Takara
Patrolwoman Diane Meade @ The Idol-Head of DiaboluThe Huntress @ DC BloodlinesCaptain Atom @ Power of the AtomZatanna @ Justice League Detroit

2012 “JLA by George Perez” Wonder Woman Commission

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Aric Shapiro is a comic art collector with the good taste to pursue a series of Justice League of America member spotlight commissions by the always incredible George Pérez. An online acolyte of Pérez, Mitch Ballard, then colored some of the pieces with Shapiro's consent. "Wonder Woman by the greatest artist to ever draw her!!!!! This piece is a huge trip down memory lane and now proudly hangs in my daughter's room. Brilliant is an understatement. Thanks to Mark for picking this up for me" Pérez's uncolored original can be viewed here.

Seeing as I've featured a lot of posts spotlighting the art of Brian Bolland (who only provided covers for about 3½ of the Amazing Amazon's lowest selling years,) and comparatively few for Pérez (who rebooted the character, drew her comics for a couple of years, and wrote them for five,) I continue to swim against the current of Princess Diana fandom. I'm glad Pérez stuck with his own nifty Post-Crisi…

1992 Wonder Woman #70 Preliminary Cover Sketch by Brian Bolland

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I appreciate subtlety, but still prefer a stalking Diana in the background over Jek Porkins.

Sensational Comics for December, 2012

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There are softcover trade paperbacks of the first issues of New 52 Justice League and Wonder Woman offered this month, but I couldn't be bothered to cut and paste.

Wonder Woman
WONDER WOMAN #15
Written by BRIAN AZZARELLO
Art and cover by CLIFF CHIANG
1:25 Variant cover by CLIFF CHIANG

On sale DECEMBER 19 • 32 pg, FC, $2.99 US • RATED T
• Who is Orion — and what are the New Gods?!
• Massive changes are coming for Wonder Woman and the entire DC Universe!
• Get ready for round 1 of Wonder Woman vs. Orion!

Retailers: This issue will ship with two covers. The variant cover will feature the standard edition cover in a wraparound format.This was a good month to remind me that I'll never get to write certain comics. Since the first Bush administration, my pet pitch for a Captain America relaunch has been to make him a freedom fighter in another dimension where being an American was a whole 'nother thang, and Rick Remender seems to be tapping that vein for his relaunch. Meanwhile, I've…