Wonder Woman has changed a lot over 75 years, and there have been a number of talented creators responsible for that. Some of them were on hand for DC’s Wonder Woman ‘75 panel at New York Comic Con. After a montage of the Amazon Princess - set first to the classic 70s theme song responsible for countless kids spinning in their living rooms that morphed into the beat-heavy fight anthem for the upcoming film- panelists Greg Rucka, Marc Andreyko, Cat Staggs, Jill Thompson,Shea Fontana,Yanick Paquette, and the legendary Jose Luis Garcia-Lopez talked about the many iterations of Diana Prince.
Marc Andreyko spoke about meeting Lynda Carter, the basis for the Wonder Woman ‘77 series he’s contributed to,noting that til this day she is still dedicated to being a role model for young girls.
Writer Shea Fontana has been instrumental in capturing the hearts and minds of younger fans with DC’s Superhero Girls, and spoke about how her goal is really to create a story that she would have liked to have read when she was younger. Teenage Wonder Woman experiences a lot of the same trials and tribulations as most young kids and teens, with the addition of figuring out how to use her powers.
Jill Thompson admitted she was always more of a Catwoman fan, but wanted to make a Wonder Woman that was “less perfect”.
Rucka mentioned how despite everyone knowing Wonder Woman, no one really knows her, and was hopeful that the upcoming film would change that, adding that he was invited back at a remarkable moment in her history.
Attendees received a copy of Rucka's Rebirth #1 gold variant cover featuring art by Jose Luis garcia-Lopez
The audience, which included Wonder Woman creator William Moulton Marston’s granddaughter, Christie Marston, learned about current and upcoming Wonder Woman projects, namely a Wonder Woman ‘77 and Batman ‘66 crossover co-written by Marc Andreyko and Jeff Parker launching in January. But more than anything else, this panel was more a declaration of love for the most iconic female superhero on the planet, who is celebrating her 75th anniversary this year. The panelists shared their first exposure to Wonder Woman, which for many was either Lynda Carter in the short-lived TV series or Hanna Barbera’s Superfriends cartoon. Added Rucka, "she was surrounded by all these guys and they were dumb."
In addition to the panel, DC had an impressive exhibit of costumes from the upcoming film, starring Gal Gadot. But the pièce-de-résistance was undeniably Carter’s iconic costume from the show, appropriately displayed on a mannequin striking a power pose.