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Wonder Woman's new costume stirs emotions
By Michael D. Bates | Hernando TodayWell, since last month's column a veritable hornet's nest was stirred up when DC opted to change Wonder Woman's origin and (gasp) remove those star-spangled shorts and replace them with long pants and a Goth-looking jacket.
Published: August 6, 2010
Published: August 6, 2010
Now when compared to the earth-shaking things going on in the world, this is no big deal. But for comics' fans, this move by DC is tantamount to changing one of the faces on Mt. Rushmore.
So why did DC do it?
The obvious answer: sales.
Now, I can already hear readers saying, "But Comic Guy, Wonder Woman has been around for decades and is the most recognizable, popular super-heroine in comics!"
I would agree she is a timeless heroine, but I hate to burst your bubble: Wonder Woman has been under-selling for years.
That actually is an understatement. The comic book is not selling at all.
I mean, Ms. Marvel sold more copies than Wonder Woman.
You ask, "Who is Ms. Marvel?"
Well, I rest my case.
So DC hired big-name writer J. Michael Straczynski to breathe some life into this book and boost sales.Has it worked?
Issue 600, the first issue featuring the change, was the best selling issue of Wonder Woman in years. It ranked No. 24 on sales charts for comics sold that month.
And that is even more remarkable when you consider the cover price was $4.99.
Of course, that was a much-publicized issue and an anniversary issue. So future issues will tell the tale.
But before some people get too shook up, take heart.
This particular story arc is part of an alternate universe so if sales don't stand and there is a large cry to return Wonder Woman's star-spangled shorts, DC can easily do so.
Sidenote: Lynda Carter, who played Wonder Woman in the 70s, weighed in on this monumental issue and said she has no problem with the new look. Stay tuned.
Comic and toy
convention is Sunday
The Tampa Comic Book & Toy Convention is 10 a.m. to 4 p.m. Sunday, Aug. 8 at Minnreg Convention Hall, 6340 126th Ave. N., Largo.
Guests include artist Greg Horn (who did the Wonder Woman: Blackest Night covers) and Michael Golden (G.I. Joe: A Real American Hero).
For more information and a slate of events and guests, visit www.tampacomicconvention.com
Movie Line released the line-up of stars who will be in next year's Avengers movie.
They are: Scarlett Johansson as the Black Widow, Chris Hemsworth as Thor, Chris Evans as Captain America, Robert Downey Jr. as Iron Man, Samuel L. Jackson as Col. Nick Fury, Jeremy Renner as Hawkeye, Clark Gregg as Agent Phil Coulson, and Mark Ruffalo as The Hulk.
The director is Joss Whedon and Marvel Studios' Kevin Feige, according to Movie Line.
Judging by the success of the two Iron Man movies, the Avengers should be a big money-maker.
And perhaps to gear people up for it, Marvel Comics recently launched a whole new line of Avengers comic books.
Get these right and see your name in print
So you think you know Wonder Woman? OK, e-mail me the answer to these three questions. Get them all right and I will publish your name in next month's column:
1. What was the name of the island Wonder Woman hails from?
2. What secret identity does Wonder Woman go by when she's not being a super-heroine?
3. Why is Wonder Woman's lasso called, "the lasso of truth?"
Until next month, Hola!
The Comic Guy, Michael D. Bates, can be contacted at 352-544-5290 or e-mailed at email@example.com.