By Gloria Steinem (Introduction) and various (Abbeville Press Inc. 1995)
Produced in the same format as the Action and Detective Comics cover collections (a clutch-bag compatible 11.4 x 9.9 x 2.3 cm, 320 pages) this nostalgic book cover fifty years of eye-catching wonderment from a variety of DC titles that featured US comics’ greatest female icon. Obviously that means that an awful lot of covers have been excluded but there’s still a captivating collation of art on view, taken from Wonder Woman (first and second series), The Legend of Wonder Woman, Sensation Comics and All-Star Comics, spanning January 1942 to October 1994.
As well as a lengthy and erudite introduction from life-long fan Gloria Steinem, there are the spectacularly stylish artworks of Harry G. Peter, Ross Andru, Eduardo Barreto, Howard Bender, Brian Bolland, Joe Brozowski, Rich Buckler, Jack Burnley, Nick Cardy, Ernie Chua/Chan, Frank Chiaramonte, Dave Cockrum, Gene Colan, Vince Colletta, Ernie Colón, Paris Cullins, Jose Delbo, Mike Esposito, Ric Estrada, Joe Gallagher, José Luis García-López, Jay Geldhof, Frank Giacoia, Dick Giordano, Mike Grell, Ed Hannigan, Frank Harry, Irwin Hasen, Don Heck, Jeff Jones, Carmine Infantino, Gil Kane, Chris Marrinan, Frank Miller, Sheldon Moldoff, Gray Morrow, Michael Nasser, Irv Novick, Bob Oksner, Jerry Ordway, Authur Peddy, George Pérez, Trina Robbins, Bernard Sachs, Mike Sekowsky, Joe Staton, Jill Thompson and Alex Toth.
Although never quite as iconic as her two DC compatriots, Wonder Woman is nonetheless an icon of huge historical and social importance, and this commemorative digest is a superb example of her appeal and longevity.
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