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August 1st, 2015

New information and covers added to Appearances > Post Flashpoint: A, B, D, I, J and S
New information added to Appearances > Post Crisis: S
New information added to Appearances > Pre Crisis: N
Special thanks goes to Radu Odiatiu for providing information.
Information added to Timeline > The 2010's > 2015
New cover added to Galleries > Justice League > Volume Five > Issues 1 - 50 > Issue 42

June 22nd, 2015

New information and covers added to Appearances > Post Flashpoint: C, J, S and W
Information added to Timeline > The 2010's > 2015
New cover and synopsis added to Galleries > Wonder Woman > Volume Four > Issues 1 - 50 > Wonder Woman Annual #1
New cover added to Galleries > Justice League > Volume Five > Issues 1 - 50 > Issue 41

IMPORTANT ANNOUNCEMENT

Regular visitors to this site may recognise many of the following comments - which have either been paraphrased or re-written since they were originally published - because the constant "attack" on this character by DC in order to mould her into something she was never meant to be has become almost non-stop. In turn, my frustrations and sadness at what is being done to a character I love have become almost cyclical in nature! So, the words that follow are just as valid now as they were the last time I wrote them...

With everything that has been happening of late, particularly the ghastly version of Diana that made her debut in issue 41 courtesy of the Finch's, I have been giving much thought as to the future direction of Amazon Archives during many a restless night (yes, this character means THAT MUCH to me). As I had promised, I have continued to update the site with information relating to the New 52 version of Wonder Woman, even though this incarnation - more often than not - has been but a mere shadow of what her pre-FlashPoint version used to be and what she represented.

But the simple fact is that Wonder Woman hasn't been with us for a LONG, LONG time now and with each passing issue it was becoming ever clearer that DC never really gave a damn about this character from day one of the re-launch. It seems she is such an embarrassment to them - in both appearance and characterization - that they have been desperately looking for a way to create a replacement Wonder Woman...a more "badass", warrior-like version of the character in the vein of the myriad cookie cutter "bad girl" heroines being published by their competitors.

And instead of creating a brand new, tailor made character from scratch in order to appeal to the particular demographic that seeks to read the adventures of such a character, DC have taken the lazy, easy option and decided to gut both the character and appearance of the iconic Amazon Princess so as to leverage the "Wonder Woman" brand name to help sell their new creation ... under the lie of course that this is still, somehow, the same Wonder Woman created by William Moulton Marston. Shame on them for doing so. And how insulting that is to her true fans.

We're constantly told nowadays that change is good...change is necessary...as evidenced by the seemingly endless "re-imaginings" and franchise reboots. But that is a fallacy of today's superficial, modern media world that has to cater to consumers with increasingly limited attention spans. So we have been sold the lie that everything must be in a constant state of flux to remain "relevant". But you know what? Sometimes - just sometimes - stability, consistency and something that can be relied on to be faithful to itself and its true values can be a good thing. A necessary thing.

Wonder Woman is one of those things. She has been around for almost 75 years in a world seething with change, upheaval, and strife. Why has she endured? Because everyone knows who she is, what she looks like and what she stands for. And regardless of what else is going on in this world, you can always rely on Wonder Woman to be that "rock" that anchors all of us, safe in the knowledge that she is still there for us, representing those same values her creator bestowed upon her all those years ago - and showing that staying true to ourselves, what we look like and what we believe in - is a good thing. A necessary thing.

DC are intent on creating a dark and depressing universe - their movies included - catering for the bloodlust of the "video gamer" generation. And in doing so have no qualms in deconstructing the Wonder Woman character - a world wide icon - tearing asunder her costume, her heritage, her motivations, her belief systems and pretty much every facet that her creator endowed her with and that made her the unique character she is.

I, of course, recognise that every fan has his or her own particular view on what the perfect interpretation of this character is meant to be. Personally, I think a lot of the blame for this situation lies squarely with DC and their own poor editorial record, whereby they have allowed too many previous creative teams to stray from canon and established historical characterization. This has meant that multiple interpretations of this character have attracted different types of fans over the years, so that in the end it has been harder to reach a clear collective view of what makes this character actually tick - simply because the original "template" has become so diluted over time. Even in the supposedly "cleaned up, less confusing" New 52 Universe, we still have multiple incarnations and interpretations of the Amazon Princess running around, both within the comics, on TV and in the movies.

But in all honesty, surely any self respecting fan of Wonder Woman would recognise an incarnation of Diana that was true to the original Marston legacy - the peaceful, loving, virtuous, caring and forgiving spirit that her creator always envisioned.

With the recent changes introduced in Issue 41, I am now certain I want nothing more to do with this abomination and it has no place being documented on my site. Because it sullies Diana's history and everything this site has endeavored to chronicle over many years.

This interpretation of Wonder Woman does not deserve the recognition - or even to be considered as a part of her long respected history. It has NOTHING to do with the real Wonder Woman. It is a travesty. Pure and simple. And the tragedy of it all is that DC seems to be fine with it.

DC have made it clear that this "bold new era" will introduce their long cherished characters to a whole new generation of comic book readers - re-creating these icons to become a more relevant, more appropriate reading proposition that will be more in tune with 'modern day sensibilities'. In other words, they want to sell more comic books. It's a commercial decision. I get that.

But DC Comics are operating under the misguided belief that in order to make money, they must somehow throw the baby out with the bath water and re-engineer their characters to make them "relevant" and "modernistic" (There are those words again). But the simple truth is that there is nothing wrong with Wonder Woman's origin, costume or overall characterisation. That's why she's still the most recognisable and adored super heroine in the world. She's a potent Brand. A Symbol. An Icon.

DC sees Diana's costume as simply a piece of material. It is so much more than that. It's a symbol. It means something. Show an image of Diana in the classic costume to any man, woman or child on the street and they will almost without exception not only recognise instantly that it is Wonder Woman but, by association, also know what she stands for. What does David Finch's "Manga Warrior Woman" actually represent? The answer? Absolutely nothing, aside from a fatuous pandering to modern day fashion sensibilities.

Forgive me. I thought "Wonder Woman" was supposed to be a comic book and not a fashion magazine. Pants and armour do not empower a woman. It seems counter-intuitive to de-feminise one of the most potent symbols of female empowerment, sending out completely the wrong message that somehow a woman cannot be intelligent, powerful AND at the same time be confident in her own sexuality.

"Why doesn't she dress like the men" was what Meredith Finch stated as her rationale for changing Diana's costume. There's a simple answer to that Meredith. She isn't a man. Yet you imply that in order to be accepted as their equal she must dress like them. How is that faithful to Wonder Woman's core message that all women are men's equal...that liberation of the fairer sex, in order to be given the right to be respected for who they are, is achievable?

One sometimes hears the odd sneering comment that it is ludicrous for Diana to walk around in a, quote, "star-spangled bathing suit." I challenge anybody to make such a statement after having seen talented artists such as George Perez, Terry Dodson or Nicola Scott depict Diana in her classic costume. Grow up. For every cheesecake artist that has tried to draw titillating renditions of Diana, there are a dozen more artists that have depicted her as the glorious, regal Amazon Princess she is supposed to be. And without a stupid pair of pants.

Over the years there have been numerous Wonder Woman wannabees in comic books...Xena, Promethea, Glory etc. They could ALL have been a version of Diana, except that they did not wear the classic outfit. That's the single ace in the hole that DC always had. And now? DC have created a pastiche of their own character - and now she looks like she's just another one of these wannabees from another publisher, her unique and instantly recognisable outfit having been watered down and deconstructed to nothing but a sad and misguided attempt to pander to so called "practicality" in what is, after all, supposed to be a fictional fantasy character.

After almost 75 years, during which Diana has faced countless foes intent on stripping her of her identify, while at the same time destroying everything she is and everything she stands for, it's ironic that the ones who finally succeed in doing so are DC Comics themselves.

I'm sure that some reading this will say that I am simply a "bitter fan boy" who is still living in the past...a dinosaur from another age, unwilling to accept that the world has moved on and that the "rose tinted" affection I have for this character has flawed my judgment as to what is best for Wonder Woman's continued success. And perhaps they are right to think this.

I sincerely hope that the "new Wonder Woman" will enthrall her "next generation" of readers for many years to come, just as much as she has done for me over the past few decades - and that in 2090 these legions of new fans will be celebrating her 75th anniversary with happiness and fondness. But forgive me if I remain highly skeptical that this will in fact be the case. There is a very good reason why William Moulton Marston's character has remained an icon for over seven decades. He caught lightning in a bottle. I rather doubt DC will manage that same trick again however clever they think they are being.

For me, there will only ever be one true version of Wonder Woman.

This new version of Diana that they are about to unleash on fans was not created for me - and I realise and appreciate that fact - but equally, I cannot with good conscience continue to support a book that features a character I no longer recognise in appearance, concept or spirit. The essence of everything that made her "Wonder Woman" has gone. In truth, the character left us way back in #600 as she was depicted turning a corner and vanishing into a blinding white light...leaving us with just fond memories of what once was...

And yes - I do get the metaphor. This was DC's way of stating she had reached a turning point.

When I came up with this web site's name I'd envisaged it a place for fans and non-fans alike to find out more about this wonderful character - and that it would be a constant, ever evolving resource. In hindsight, my choice of name could not have been more appropriate, as it will now become a true "archive" of the original and true Wonder Woman as she was envisaged and conceived by her creator. This site now only documents her history from her debut up to and including the Finch costume change, when William Moulton Marston's Diana said her final goodbyes - and left us feeling better for having known her, but all the sadder for having lost her.

My Diana will still make a few odd appearances going forward however, as she is still featured in Justice League titles and of course her other book, Sensation Comics - and perhaps we may even get another Wonder Woman '77 special, seeing how well the first one sold - featuring a Diana wearing her classic costume with not a retractable blade in sight!

But to all intents and purposes, the Wonder Woman I recognise is no longer in regular print in her own on-going series. And it feels like a dagger to my heart to say so.

For me, Wonder Woman is something so unique in the superhero genre. And as I quote on my home page, I think Greg Rucka summed her up so beautifully. He stated that Wonder Woman embodies the best of us in every way that matters. She embodies every one of our ideals; Wisdom. Intelligence. Compassion. Determination. Strength. Beauty. Grace. Devotion. And it is these qualities that make her so special and unique amongst comic book heroes.

I am so grateful to William Moulton Marston for creating such an enduring character - one that has uniquely transcended the sometimes "geeky" world of comics and become part of modern day as an icon in her own right. Wonder Woman has become modern day language for female empowerment and the aspiration to become something better. She has shown us men that a woman can be beautiful AND strong, sexy AND compassionate, smart AND courageous. And that Wonder Woman loves us back. She is here for us and we feel comforted and inspired by her presence. Yes, she is simply pen and ink on a page. But she lives and breathes in our imaginations and hopes and dreams. And the world would be a poorer place without her.

Sometimes she is accused of being "out of her time" - a relic from the war that has no place in modern day culture (DC clearly thinks so). But I would totally disagree. In these times of terrorism, oppression and fanaticism she is more relevant now than she ever was during the dark days of World War II. She is a beacon of hope to all - young or old - male or female - gay or straight - black or white. No other character has ever bridged those disparate groups quite so effortlessly. And that is a tribute to her creator and the greatest legacy he could have left us.

It's been one of the happiest journey's of my life - enjoying the adventures of the lovely Amazon Princess, experiencing her life through the pages of each monthly issue and wishing that this journey of excitement and wonderment would never end.

But now it has.

So thank you William.

And I bid you a fond farewell, Diana.

You will be missed.

Chris

 

May 31st, 2015

New information and covers added to Appearances > Post Flashpoint: D, C, S and W
New information added to Appearances > Post Crisis: S
New information added to Appearances > Pre Crisis: B
Information added to Timeline > The 2010's > 2015

May, 3rd

New information and covers added to Appearances > Post Flashpoint: B, C, J and S
New information added to Appearances > Post Crisis: L, M and S
New information added to Appearances > Pre Crisis: N and S
Information added to Timeline > The 2010's > 2015

Diana's new post Convergence CostumeApril 3rd

New information and covers added to Appearances > Post Flashpoint: N, S and W
Information added to Timeline > The 2010's > 2015
New cover and synopsis added to Galleries > Wonder Woman > Volume Four > Issues 1 - 50 > Issue 40

And no. The image to the left isn't an April Fool. This is David Finch's new - and rumoured permanent -costume redesign for Wonder Woman, post DC's forthcoming "Convergence" event. As bad as the Odyssey costume may have been, this hideous re-design leaves the iconic Amazon barely recognisable as the Wonder Woman character the world knows and loves. Quite frankly if you took away the tiara and changed the colours scheme, this could be depicting any number of generic heroines from dozens of other publishers.

Looking like what can only be described as a cross between a Nun, a Pro Football Player and Marvel's Wolverine - with the retractable swords coming from her bracelets -it almost looks like Diana got dressed in the dark one morning and put on every single outfit she found in her closet at the same time.

Let's be clear. This is NOT Wonder Woman - either in appearance or characterization. Not anymore. It's yet another sad day in the history of this beloved character, as DC continues to stray from her core values, in a desperate attempt to pander to supposed modern sensibilities and the flawed pursuit of "gritty realism" and "darker characterisations" post Nolan's Batman movies.

And needless to say, if this is indeed a permanent change, then this abomination will not be featuring on this site ever - you can count on that.

 

February, 28th

New information and covers added to Appearances > Post Flashpoint: J, N, S and W
New information added to Appearances > Pre Crisis: N
Information added to Timeline > The 2010's > 2015
New cover and synopsis added to Galleries > Wonder Woman > Volume Four > Issues 1 - 50 > Issue 39
New cover added to Galleries > Justice League > Volume Five > Issues 1 - 50 > Issue 39

 

February 1st, 2015

New information and covers added to Appearances > Post Flashpoint: J, S and W
Information added to Timeline > The 2010's > 2015
New cover and synopsis added to Galleries > Wonder Woman > Volume Four > Issues 1 - 50 > Issue 38
New cover added to Galleries > Justice League > Volume Five > Issues 1 - 50 > Issue 38

 

December 28th, 2014

New information and covers added to Appearances > Post Flashpoint: J, S and W
Information added to Timeline > The 2010's > 2015
New cover and synopsis added to Galleries > Wonder Woman > Volume Four > Issues 1 - 50 > Issue 37
New cover added to Galleries > Justice League > Volume Five > Issues 1 - 50 > Issue 37
New link added to Links

Amazing cosplayer Margie Vizcarra Cox has agreed to be the new face of Amazon Archives and I think you'll agree she makes a very fitting Amazon Princess! Follow Margie on Facebook and don't forget t check out this incredibly talented lady's Etsy store at "That Chic Geek Boutique".
And thanks Margie! You rock as Diana!

And also thanks to her photographer Andrew Michael Phillips. Why not check out his websites at www.AMPCosplay.tumblr.com and www.AndrewMichaelPhillips.com

 

November 29th, 2014

New information and covers added to Appearances > Post Flashpoint: B, E, J, S and W
Information added to Timeline > The 2010's > 2014
Information added to Timeline > The 2010's > 2015
New covers added to Galleries > Wonder Woman > Volume Four > Issues 1 - 50 > Issue 35 and Issue 36
New cover added to Galleries > Justice League > Volume Five > Issues 1 - 50 > Issue 36

 

October 5th, 2014

New information and covers added to Appearances > Post Flashpoint: J, S and W
Information added to Timeline > The 2010's > 2014
New cover added to Galleries > Wonder Woman > Volume Four > Issues 1 - 50 > Issue 34
New cover added to Galleries > Justice League > Volume Five > Issues 1 - 50 > Issue 34

 

September 6th, 2014

New information and covers added to Appearances > Post Flashpoint: A, J and S
Information added to Timeline > The 2010's > 2014

August 2nd, 2014

The big news at this year's Comicon was the first reveal of Gal Gadot in her Wonder Woman costume for Zack Snyder's 2016 movie follow up to "Man of Steel", entitled "Batman v Superman".

For months now wild rumours had been flying around the forums and social media regarding what the costume would look like, with fears that Warner Bros. would get cold feet and put the famous heroine in the Jacket and Pants combo that featured in the "reinvention" train wreck that was the "Odyssey" story arc in issues #600 to #614.

In fact, some wondered if any of the character's iconic costume elements make it into the final design? Would she even resemble Wonder Woman at all; or just end up looking like a generic Xena clone or be seen as a poor man's Sif?

So when the final look was revealed to the anxious fans it was greeted - in the main - with a general sigh of relief and positive nods of approval. And while the costume was not directly lifted from the pages of the book unchanged, this was clearly recognisable as Diana and all of the key costume elements were there, though given a more realistic take here and there for the purposes of the Cinema world, just as had been done with Nolan's Batman and Snyder's Superman.

The biggest difference was that they didn't have her wearing her famous star spangled briefs and instead went with a "Greek Warrior skirt" look, lacking any stars whatsoever - the one big weakness with the costume in my eyes.

Some fans however had concerns that Diana was depicted with a sword, fearing that this was an indication of her characterisation in the movie and that we would see more of a New 52 interpretation of the Amazon Princess - and less of the peace loving, less warrior like Wonder Woman of the pre-Flashpoint era.

The biggest debate though raged over the costume's colours. The image was released with a heavy, muted copper filter applied to it - as had previous teaser publicity stills from the film -and there was an initial concern that the costume was virtually colourless - almost brown in hue - drawing further comparisons with Xena's costume.

But Warner Bros. were quick to reassure fans that the classic red, blue and gold were present and increasing the contrast of the image does indeed indicate that this is the case.

Anyway, take a look and see what you think.

In the meantime here is what's in this month's update:

New information and covers added to Appearances > Post Flashpoint: A, B, J, N, S and W
New information added to Appearances > Post Crisis: P
Information added to Timeline > The 2010's > 2014
New cover added to Galleries > Wonder Woman > Volume Four > Issues 1 - 50 > Issue 33
New cover added to Galleries > Justice League > Volume Five > Issues 1 - 50 > Issue 30 and Issue 31

 

June 28th, 2014

New information and covers added to Appearances > Post Flashpoint: A, J, S and W
Information added to Timeline > The 2010's > 2014
New cover added to Galleries > Wonder Woman > Volume Four > Issues 1 - 50 > Issue 32

 

June 1st, 2014

New information and covers added to Appearances > Post Flashpoint: A, B, F, J, N, S and W
Information added to Timeline > The 2010's > 2014
New cover added to Galleries > Wonder Woman > Volume Four > Issues 1 - 50 > Issue 31

 

May 5th, 2014

New information and covers added to Appearances > Post Flashpoint: B, J, S and W
Information added to Timeline > The 2010's > 2014
New cover added to Galleries > Wonder Woman > Volume Four > Issues 1 - 50 > Issue 30

 

April 3rd, 2014

New information added to Appearances > Post Flashpoint: D, F, J, S and W
New information and cover added to Appearances > Post Crisis: S
Information added to Timeline > The 2010's > 2014
New cover added to Galleries > Wonder Woman > Volume Four > Issues 1 - 50 > Issue 29

 

Pete Marston and Lynda CarterMarch 1st, 2014

New information added to Appearances > Post Flashpoint: B, I , J, S and W
New information and cover added to Appearances > Post Crisis: S
Information added to Timeline > The 2010's > 2014
New cover added to Galleries > Wonder Woman > Volume Four > Issues 1 - 50 > Issue 28

 

February 1st, 2014

New information added to Appearances > Post Flashpoint: F and W
Information added to Timeline > The 2010's > 2014
New cover added to Galleries > Wonder Woman > Volume Four > Issues 1 - 50 > Issue 27

At the end of last year Pete Marston, son of legendary Wonder Woman creator William Moulton Marston finally got to meet the lady responsible for bringing his father's creation so convincingly to life, the iconic Lynda Carter herself!

Click here for more pictures of this historic visit between two Wonder Woman icons!

And if you want to hear more from Pete himself, below is a fascinating interview by Tim Estiloz:

 

January 19th, 2014

New information added to Appearances > Post Flashpoint: D, J and S
Information added to Timeline > The 2010's > 2014

January 1st, 2014

A new year and a new beginning! Well, sort of...

After much deliberation I have decided to continue updating the site with the current New 52 version of Diana. As regular visitors to this site will know, I am certainly no fan of the changes that have been made to this iconic character as a result of what I believe was an ill conceived reboot. And my opinion has not changed one iota.

However, now that I have had over two years to get used to the idea, even an "old timer" like myself is getting used to certain aspects of the New 52. For instance, Diana dating Superman and no longer being an item with Steve Trevor, which is likely to be temporary I suspect. I've even become accustomed to the new costume - though I consider it vastly inferior to the Terry Dodson redesign, which I miss greatly and which was a superb demonstration of how to "modernise" the iconic costume whilst retaining all the key elements. The New 52 costume's colour palette is still too dull and muted in my eyes - what with those ugly dark blue/black boots and the lack of any gold accents - but this is in keeping with the darkness and bleakness of the New 52 universe I guess!

That said however, as far as Brian Azzarello's interpretation of the character is concerned, I am still of the view that he has done nothing but harm to this character. The unnecessary origin change and the portrayal of the Amazons as murdering slavers are still unforgivable in my eyes.

And ironically, two years on, even though DC announced at the time that the launch of the New 52 would allow new readers to learn about these iconic characters without the baggage of the past, I doubt any reader of the current Wonder Woman book who was new to the character still has any clue as to who she is and what makes her tick. They have to look to other books such as Justice League and Forever Evil: A.R.G.U.S. to gain any insights as to what Wonder Woman's powers and abilities are in the New 52, what her world view is and what her past history reveals. And in addition she is often portrayed far better in these books and arguably more "true" to the pre Flash Point version of the character than is being portrayed in Azzarello's opus.

His seemingly never ending story arc, whereby the same group of characters talk an awful lot but do very little from issue to issue continues ad nauseam - completely divorced from the rest of the New 52 Universe. He is stubbornly focused on continuing to tell his "Adventures of the Olympic Gods (PS: Also starring an Amazon called Wonder Woman)" epic, without giving a damn about the rest of the DC Universe or continuity, not even acknowledging she is currently dating Superman! His Wonder Woman book simply feels like some stand alone Elseworlds/Vertigo title and it really needs to come to an end. Soon.

I will admit that a small part of me hoped that some of the more contentious changes to Wonder Woman would perhaps be "undone" as part of the much hyped "Trinity War" storyline that had been in the making from the very start of the New 52. Sadly, this did not transpire. More hype from the DC Suits.

With all that said however, I also recognise that this is just my opinion and that there are fans out there (though judging by the book's sales there are a dwindling number of them) who do actually enjoy his run and the version of Wonder Woman that the New 52 reboot has created. And many of those fans have asked me to continue to update the site - particularly the timelines and appearances.

Plus, with the recent announcement that Diana will finally get her big screen debut - albeit playing second fiddle to Superman and Batman (!) - the Amazing Amazon Princess will once again be in the spotlight of public consciousness and hopefully many more people will be wanting to find out more about this legendary character and perhaps even want to read more of her adventures. With regards to the movie however, it remains to be seen whether the casting of Gal Gadot in the role was either inspired genius on the part of the suits in Hollywood.. or a calamitous, misjudgment.

So, as I said at the start, the site has now been brought right up to date, including new, better quality images added to replace existing imagery, plus I have also even found some spare time to make the site a little more tablet friendly and give it a cosmetic makeover to celebrate my own site's "re-boot".

I invite you to take a look around and let me know what you think. Good or bad. The site is a huge undertaking and I work on it in my spare time. Just me. No help. So I recognise there are gaps, holes and maybe even the odd mistake here and there. I'm only human. But if nothing else, I hope visitors to the site at least appreciate the effort and the enduring love I have for this character - and that this comes across in this labour of love I call "Amazon Archives".

Chris.