Wonder Woman Costumes Through The Years : A Comicbook History

Wonder Woman Costumes Through The Years : A Comicbook History

“A strong woman is a woman determined to do something others are determined not be done.” --Marge Piercy. A feature on the changing outfits of the Amazing Amazon.

Wonder Woman Costume Through The Years : A Comicbook History
“A strong woman is a woman determined to do something others are determined not be done.” --Marge Piercy
A feature on the changing outfits of the Amazing Amazon.

First who is Wonder Woman?
This is for the sake of those who were just born yesterday. Wonder Woman was formed from clay by here mother, Hippolyta, on a "paradise" island - Themyscira, Princess Diana was gifted with great powers by the gods, she grew up a strong warrior in their society of fierce warrior women, the Amazons. She left her homeland and became an emissary to the world of Man.

She was created by William Moulton Marston & Harry G. Peter. She first appeared in All-Star Comics #8 (1942). Yes, younglings if you are having a hard time counting that far back you will realize that she's very old. So, with all those years a girl, would have gone through a lot of wardrobe change and this is what this feature is about.

1. First Appearance

Since her first appearance the classic look of Wonder Woman has relatively been unchanged. She has the boots, the tiara, bracelets and the patriotic colors. What may be different for the modern viewer is the split skirt that she is wearing.

2. Skirt to Shorts

Soon after the split skirt was replaced by some form fitting shorts. Take note as well of the backless costume.

3. Open Back to Close Back

In the mid-1950s after the institution of the Comics Code, Wonder Woman's costume was no longer bare-back. Though she did go open back again later in the 60s.

4. Mod fashion

A new Wonder Woman in 1968's "Wonder Woman" #178. Now without her powers, Wonder Woman fought crime just as Diana. Her "costume" during this period was nothing more than a series of different jumpsuits.

5. White Jumpsuit

During her "mod" period she did not actually have a costume but a series of different jumpsuits. A standout is the white jumpsuit.

6. Return to Classic

After her fill of designer outfits Wonder Woman went back to her classic costume, with some minor changes on the belt, boots and the shorts are now "hot pants".

7. Halter Top Change

1982 enters a new aesthetic change on the design on the halter top of Wonder Woman. The eagle emblem is now replaced with the iconic "Double-W" symbol. There were some minor changes on the years after, like a change on the earring desing, the size of her belt, the amount of costume that covers her body (the less the better as the old fanboy dictum says, not sure if there's a saying like that but there should be.)

8. Wonder Woman No More

In a battle with Artemis. Diana lost the title of Wonder Woman. She had to once again fight crime just as "Diana" and she has to sport a new costume, that involves a jacket, a black bra, cycling shorts with star motiff and a chain for a belt(Let her ride in the back of a Hell's Angel and she will fit just right in).

9. Wonder Woman Again

In 1995 Diana reclaimed the title once again of Wonder Woman, and her old costume with some tweaks again. This time on the interlocking belt and the Double-W chest insignia. Though soon afterwards she reverted back to a previous design.

10. A New Logo Once Again

The year is 2006 and we see some slight tweaks here and there on WW's costume. The return of the eagle motiff on her chest but now integrated with a stylized Double-W. And her belt is a Double-W as well.

11. Bold New Direction

New direction, new backstory, and new costume. Is it good, will it hold (well there are already indications of going back to the classic costume) But this suit with the 90s throwback jacket, choker, blackpants is a good addition to the already rich history of Wonder Woman's costume. Personally I prefer this costume without the jacket.

12. Other costumes
I would just like to post a shoutout to Wonder Woman's Star Sapphire costume because… well just because. Other alternate versions I will leave it to the community to post in the comment section: Don't fail me now CBMers.

Live Versions

1. Linda Harrison (1967)

Linda Harrison's version of Wonder Woman was the first attempt to translate the character to the small screen way back in 1967. The success of the Batman television series led Batman producer William Dozier to commission a pilot script by Stan Hart and Larry Siegel. Batman writer Stanley Ralph Ross was then asked to perform a re-write, after Hart and Siegel's script was deemed unsuitable. A portion of the pilot, under five minutes in length, was filmed under the title Who's Afraid of Diana Prince?

2. Cathy Lee Crosby (1974)

Wonder Woman's first appearance in live-action television was a television movie made in 1974 for ABC. Written by John D. F. Black, the TV movie resembles the Wonder Woman of the "I Ching period. " Wonder Woman (Cathy Lee Crosby) did not wear the comic book costume, demonstrated no superhuman abilities and her "secret identity" of Diana Prince was not all that secret. The film follows Wonder Woman, assistant to government agent Steve Trevor (Kaz Garas) as she pursues a villain named Abner Smith (Ricardo Montalban) who has stolen a set of code books containing classified information about U.S. government field agents.

3. Lynda Carter (1975)

Though not successful at the first attempt, ABC still felt a Wonder Woman series had potential, and within a year another pilot was in production. Keen to make a distinction from the last pilot, producers gave the pilot the rather paradoxical title The New Original Wonder Woman.Scripting duties were given to Stanley Ralph Ross, who was instructed to be more faithful to the comic book and to create a subtle "high comedy." Ross set the pilot in World War II, the era in which the original comic book began.

Although the pilot followed the original comic book closely, in particular the aspect of Wonder Woman joining the military under the name Diana Prince, a number of elements were dropped. While the comic Diana obtains the credentials of a look-alike nurse, in the pilot Diana Prince appears as a Navy enlisted First Class Petty Officer Yeoman. As it was set during World War II, many of the episodes involved Nazis and war events. Unlike the earlier pilot, the comic book origins of the character were emphasized by the retention of the character's traditional costume and original setting and through the use of comic book elements.

4. Adrianne Palicki (2011)

Decades will pass before a new live Wonder Woman will grace the live media. This time around she'll be played by Adrianne Palicki with writer-director David E. Kelly to produce it for TV. The plot is described as "a reinvention of the iconic D.C. comic in which Wonder Woman -- aka Diana Prince -- is a vigilante crime fighter in L.A. but also a successful corporate executive and a modern woman trying to balance all of the elements of her extraordinary life. This adaptation will wear a similar version of the current comic costume but with "shinier" material.

5. (?) Smallville homage

Not actually Wonder Woman but Lois Lane wearing a Wonder Woman/Amazonian outfit. This is sort of Acknowledges the existence of Wonder Woman in this universe (note: I seem to remember a headline in the shows Daily Bugle about an Amazonian Princess, hopefully somebody in the community could post it below).

source: http://www.comicbookresources.com/?page=article&id=26963 : http://www.comicsalliance.com/2010/06/30/review-wonder-woman-costume-change/ : http://dc.wikia.com/wiki/Wonder_Woman_(Diana_Prince) : http://www.amazonarchives.com : http://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Wonder_Woman_(TV_series)

That was a wonderful trip, but I just realized as popular as Wonder Woman is she never had a feature film under her name. Hmmm… I would like to start a petition for a Wonder Woman movie. (lets just scrap the TV show altogether and go directly to the bigscreen) =)

Note: Any error in the article above, if any, just blame it on my age, humanity and ignorance. Just be sure to check the comment section for the corrections, any error I made will surely be pointed out and corrected by much bigger geeks (because there will always be a bigger geek out there).

-This has been PollMaster inviting you to the geekside.

This is the 5th article in my Comic Book History series. Any requests and suggestions for an article for this series write it down in the comment section BELOW.

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gffrycole - 3/23/2011, 12:08 AM
NeoBaggins - 3/23/2011, 1:38 AM
The fail level is so high on the 1967 pilot that someone should have been killed.
axiouz - 3/23/2011, 1:47 AM
The smallville one and Linda carter look the best out of all
HeyVanity - 3/23/2011, 1:52 AM
@Neo- Yeah, that mirror shot had me dying lmfao XD
webslinger13 - 3/23/2011, 2:05 AM
@pollmaster, I remember it too. something about "amazonian queen addressing public" or something?
Ceejay - 3/23/2011, 2:06 AM
Lynda Carter was a real WOMAN, hips, Butt, Breasts, Beauty and the Body of hair to crown it all.

This new production has a skinny girl who barely looks old enough to leave college! Push up bra, square hips, skinny legs and dyed hair that looks lacking. How is a switch from Wonder-WOMAN to Wonder-GIRL an improvement unless your 13 years old?
Guerillas - 3/23/2011, 2:54 AM
Look at Adrianne Palicki clevage.... those gotta be fake. i like natural tits. and yeah. the suit looks crap to. as said before, that smallville-suit looks way better, and i hate smallville!
ThunderCougarFalconBird - 3/23/2011, 4:35 AM
Am I the only one who thinks the costume for the new show is just a screen test costume? The overall opinion seems to be that the costume would be good if it didn't look so cheap. Sounds like a costume the studio would make on a budget to get an idea of how their short list candidates would look in the role before making their choice.
RyanLantern77 - 3/23/2011, 5:26 AM
Great article Pollmaster, keep em comin
ManThing - 3/23/2011, 5:32 AM
I agree with Shoggoth.

Kong - 3/23/2011, 5:57 AM
These are really good.
Adertot - 3/23/2011, 5:58 AM
Pollmaster needs to do one on the different batman costumes over the years.
Retardo - 3/23/2011, 5:59 AM
Nice article man! Your avatar looks epic btw, 'Up' kid with a Green Lantern mask lol...
If u got the chance though, can u check out my Green Lantern fan cast?
jaubut - 3/23/2011, 6:09 AM
In the Season Three of Smallville the episode titled Asylum, a newspaper headline reads "Themyscirian Queen Address The Vatican", which refers to Wonder Woman's mother, Queen Hippolyta, and the home of the Amazons, Themyscira.
MARV3L - 3/23/2011, 6:14 AM
Keep schooling us Pollmaster!

I think wonderwoman's had some freakin hot costumes,
though I have to say there hasn't been a live action girl that's really lived up to her
true potential tho maybe it's pretty much impossible. I don't think there's many
really hot girls in real life that can also pull off being super strong and bad ass... a mean feat that clearly outlines the pressures these comic book hotties put under young woman today lol!

My favourites have to be 7 and 10, tho Artemis makes a damn fine wonder woman if not better!
captquirk - 3/23/2011, 6:31 AM
Ya done good on this, and even got the 67 attempt, and the movie with Cathy Lee Crosby. Well done boy!
comicb00kguy - 3/23/2011, 6:34 AM
Thanks for an interesting and educational article. You obviously put a lot of time and effort into it, and I appreciate the knowledge! This is the kind of thing we need more of here on this site.

I wasn't aware that there had been that many attempts to do a Wonder Woman tv show. I don't remember that 1974 TV-movie at all.

Ron: You may well be right about that costume for the new show. I hope you are. I'm well on record as disliking these cheesy leather costumes. Is she a superhero or a character from a bondage fantasy?
ABLEE337 - 3/23/2011, 6:37 AM
Lynda Carter was the best Wonder Woman. The girl can run in heels.
Betty - 3/23/2011, 6:47 AM
Nice article yo! I was actually interested. I love it when Linda Carter runs.
Herosave - 3/23/2011, 6:53 AM
The Linda Harrison portrayal....what the heck was that?....the weird giddy feet dancing while taking off and the whole staring at herself in the mirror bit..was it supposed to be a comedic take on the character?
InfiniteMonkey - 3/23/2011, 7:03 AM
I agree with that dude.
Knightstalker - 3/23/2011, 7:24 AM
Great article. Nice to see you've graduated from those aweful polls. I did notice, however, that in your last paragraph you referred to Smallville and the Daily Bugle. Uhhhhh.................................
JYCowboy - 3/23/2011, 7:33 AM
Good Read!

The Ellie Wood Walker pilot was done in the same vein as the original Batman TV series. You know, with Adam West. At the time, there was a lot of confusion on what to do with the character as exampled by the Mod change to her in comics. Love or hate the Batman series, the producers wanted to strike lightning again with a new character.

The alternate versions of the WW costume I would take note of are Kingdom Come and Return of the Dark Knight versions.
Jediluke17 - 3/23/2011, 7:41 AM
Linda Carter IS WONDER WOMAN and could now even play Queen Hypolita. She looked great in Sky High! The new TV series is going to bomb. I give it one season.
RogueKittyKat - 3/23/2011, 8:04 AM
I would LOVE to see a Wonder Woman movie of her origins instead of this cheap excuse of a TV show they think would work. I can't think of one Good female superhero movie(if you know of any please let me know), isn't that sad. I can't believe i live in a world where there are no female superhero movies displayed proudly amougst all the superhero men movies. I mean what can the young girls look up to these days: Linsay lohan and Paris hilton!! i own a lot of Wonder Woman comics and the ultimate guide to the Amazon Princess so to see her come to life on the big screen in proper form would be a dream. She is the Ultimate Women!
George88 - 3/23/2011, 8:55 AM
These are so good.Superman next please :-)
GarthRanzz - 3/23/2011, 9:36 AM
I can't wait for this new series. I think its going to be sweet. By the way, when did the Daily Bugle show up in Smallville? Must be some second rate newspaper when compared to the Daily Planet. The Smallville WW costume I didn't like as it appeared way too viking to me.
loganoneil - 3/23/2011, 9:41 AM
People, let's not forget the iconic battle armor made famous in Alex Ross' mini-series 'Kingdom Come'!

From what I've seen so far, I'm having a hard time believing ANYTHING from the new series will even come close to being THIS hard-core!
RacerREX - 3/23/2011, 10:02 AM
Hey Pollmaster, that actress's name is Ellie Wood Walker and even says so in the clip. Linda Harrison was the hot mute chick in Planet of the Apes.
Daniellantern - 3/23/2011, 12:25 PM
another nice article from Pollmaster! keep it up!
next: batsuit or ironman armor.
McGinnis - 3/23/2011, 5:08 PM
I think you should add Cobie Smulders costume even though it didn't make it to film.
TayDee - 3/23/2011, 6:41 PM
I think you should do one on iron man, it might be difficult but I would like to see one about iron man's suits

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