Wonder Woman George Perez

Watch: George Perez and the Wonder Woman story you don't know

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Jun 2, 2017, 4:10 PM EDT

Back in the mid-'80s, Wonder Woman was having a bit of an identity crisis and was in danger of becoming a second-tier character, with poor sales and a lackluster story. That was also about the time George Pérez was at the height of his popularity and marketability as a comic book artist/writer, having just come off The New Teen Titans and Crisis on Infinite Earths. And yet when DC decided to reboot the Wonder Woman series in 1987, Pérez volunteered to take on the mostly unwanted job.

In the exclusive interview below, Pérez takes us back to the initial pitch with Janice Race, Wonder Woman's editor at the time. Even though it was an easy decision for Race, it's interesting to hear Pérez's thought process on why he wanted the job and what he wanted to do with it. Of course, all these years later it has turned out to be quite the success story, as Wonder Woman's tier status is no longer in question, thanks in large part to Pérez.