Take A Visual Journey Through The Evolution Of Wonder Woman
Credit: The Artifice
Being an artist myself I loved this idea when it came to me. Needless to say, the variation of renderings of just a single character by multiple artists is vast. When it comes to Wonder Woman, it's almost as vast as a landscape. This can be mainly to my post recently about the unfortunate debates that shadow the character. I had a blast writing this article even if it gave me job insecurity over the ton of excellent artists that are working today. There's a Wonder Woman movie out by the way. Here I am going to name the best artists that have drawn Wonder Woman and analyze the differences.
Phil Jimenez's take (most famous in the Paradise Lost story) is very apparent. He is very concentrated on portraying Wonder Woman as simply the powerful being that she is with nothing to distract the reader from that.
Not considering Perez's renderings to be the definitive version of the character will be deemed borderline sacrilegious to many die-hards. While Perez was innovative in his handling of the character, especially with his very Bronze Age style during the start of the modern age which was as as daring as if Van Halen played a show at CBGB's during the late 70's.
His Diana was whimsical and cute. Definitely not my style. However I will not go as far as to compare it to the 1960's Batman Series (my skin just crawled a little bit), because it very well could fit in this case especially when Wonder Woman is a pacifist at heart. While not my thing, it is unquestionably skilled work and impossible to ignore in this kind of post.
Ed Benes, The GOAT
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Before I begin, let me just nip all potential forthcoming accusations of objectifying woman in the butt. Comics portray characters, both MALE and FEMALE with ridiculous bodies that range from nearly to completely impossible to obtain. That's just how it's been for a very long time.
Look here for example. Outside of Arnold Schwarzenegger when he was pumping iron or Jeep Swenson (google him) who the hell looks like this?
Rob Liefeld, Bleeding Cool
Frank Miller, Comic Vine
OK, everybody good? So here's why I love this guy's work. I feel like his rendering of the character, simply is Wonder Woman. Very similar to the one played by Gal Gadot in the film released to rave reviews today. He successfully uses all of the defining features of our other entries, the sex appeal of Adam Hughes, the innocence of George Perez, and the raw power of Phil Jiminez. The first example I used of his work I fell in love with instantly.
His handling of her having a shapely body that seamlessly forms to a bulging upper back and forearms that retain a feminine look basically puts everything I described about his take into one image. Well done sir.
His Wonder Woman looks like a straight-up model, definitely the most beautiful.
Nicola Scott, who unfortunately just parted ways with DC, was one of the best artists over there. She drew Wonder Woman almost as well as Benes, similarly utilizing Diana's many traits in her appearance. I'm not sure exactly why but it's just not as good as the Benes version. I may feel this way because pretty much all of her Rebirth work was colored pretty badly. Whoever was the colorist gave WW the complexion of an orange creamsicle.