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Opening Arguments

The Wonder years


She's been locked into pretty much the exact same outfit since her debut in 1941,” Mr. Straczynski wrote. “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.”

Wonder Woman in pants, I ask you. The story quotes novelist Jodi Picoult, who has worked on Wonder Woman for DC Comics, "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.” Sheer heresy.

As a matter of historical interest, they tried to redo WW's image in the 1960s, too, by taking away her powers and giving her a mod look. The chief protester of the change was my fellow retrograde sexist, Gloria Steinem, who put the real Wonder Woman on the cover of the first issue of Ms. magazine.

Oh, well. We still have our memories of Lynda Carter.

"The Amazons ain't so perfect, either. You act brave, but cutting yourselves off from the outside world was cowardly. Not to mention stupid. Like less communication between men and women is what the world needed." -- Steve Trevor to WW in the TV series. If the dialogue doesn't get any better, and there isn't even a skimpy costume to divert attention from it, I guess it's "Gilligan's Island" reruns for me.


Bob G.
Tue, 07/06/2010 - 6:56pm

You can count me in as well.

Wed, 07/07/2010 - 1:49am

Wait... when exactly was the last time you bought a comic or even a trade?

Bob G.
Wed, 07/07/2010 - 1:50pm

I don't know about Leo, but I've been collecting since the early 1960s...
(speciific titles, characters, and specific storylines).
Getting a tad "expensive" these days with all the "graphic novels".
Gotta pick your poison nowadays.


Wed, 07/07/2010 - 6:16pm

I'm just thinking Leo probably isn't the target audience here. He should probably be picking up DMZ or something.

But watching fanboys have conniption fits on twitter since the announcement has been extremely entertaining.