The first sketch of the iconic Wonder Woman character by artist H.G. Peter is headed for auction, with an expected rush of rabid bidders all hoping to grab a slice of comic-book history.
Rendered in pencil, ink and crayon, this amazing concept illustration measures 13" x 18.75" and depicts Wonder Woman clad in a short spangled skirt, sandals, bracelets, royal headband and eagle crest emblem across her chest. This genesis drawing was made for Dr. William Moulton Marston, creator of Wonder Woman, and comes from Peter's personal estate and dates back to 1941. Peter was the original artist for Wonder Woman when she premiered in DC's All-Star Comics #8 in December of 1942. Written on this priceless artwork is a sequence of comments and feedback by Peter and Marston containing details and opinions on Wonder Woman's evolving fashion statement.
Here's a transcription of the notes:
Dear Dr. Marston, I slapped these two out in a hurry. The eagle is tough to handle – when in perspective or in profile, he doesn’t show up clearly — the shoes look like a stenographer’s. I think the idea might be incorporated as a sort of Roman contraption. -Peter
Dear Pete – I think the gal with hand up is very cute. I like her skirt, legs, hair. Bracelets okay + boots. These probably will work out. See other suggestions enclosed. No on these + stripes – red + white. With eagle’s wings above or below breasts as per enclosed? Leave it to you. Don’t we have to put a red stripe around her waist as belt? I thought Gaines wanted it – don’t remember. Circlet will have to go higher – more like crown – see suggestions enclosed. See you Wednesday morning – WMM.
Wonder Woman is one of the most beloved female superheroes of all time, and this rare one-of-a-kind illustration is a genuine gem for collectors and historians willing to bid boldly. For more info on the upcoming auction, head over to ComicLink for details. No word yet on a reserve price or auction estimates, but low five figures would be a smart start. Planning to make a run at it?