Rare 1941 sketch shows birth of Wonder Woman's costume

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Dec 14, 2012

Remember the brouhaha when DC unveiled a revamped outfit for Wonder Woman back in June? Or the debate in July over whether the costume design for Joss Whedon's movie would have been a good idea? A 1941 sketch reveals the character's creators were just as conflicted about the Amazonian's looks right from the beginning.

The sketches by artist Harry G. Peter are surrounded by notes from Peter and William Moulton Marston.

"The shoes look like a stenographer's," scribbled Peter.

"Don't we have to put a red stripe around her waist as belt?" wrote Marston. "Circlet will have to go higher—more like crown."

Wonder Woman would debut just a few months later in All Star Comics #8.

Click on the image below to see the drawings and notes at full size.

(Heritage Auctions via Letters of Note)

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