For 80 years, DC’s Wonder Woman has been saving the world. Diana of Themyscira has worked solo, been a core member of the Justice League, and is even one of the company’s iconic Trinity along with Superman and Batman. To commemorate this major milestone, the Goddess of Truth is receiving multiple variant covers for her anniversary issue.
First seen in the pages of All Star Comics #8 in 1941, Wonder Woman was created by William Moulton Marston and Harry G. Peter. Already DC has published 80th anniversary specials for other heroes celebrating this milestone, including Green Arrow and Aquaman. Over the years, Wonder Woman has had numerous adventures and looks, which will be highlighted in her anniversary special.
Wonder Woman 80th Anniversary 100-Page Super Spectacular – coming this October – will bring together many comic creators to celebrate the titular heroine’s legacy. These covers highlight Wonder Woman’s history across different media, and artist Michael Cho just revealed his 1960s-themed variant on Twitter, completing the subset of covers dedicated to different comic eras. Only some of the comic’s variant covers are era-centric – from the Golden Age of comics to the Modern Age – while others are inspired by film and television appearances of the character. All of them are absolutely stunning. Enjoy Cho’s variant (the second image below), as well as the other variant covers as collected by League of Comic Geeks.
The variants above are intended to highlight Wonder Woman’s comic history. The Golden Age variant is illustrated by Amy Reeder. The Silver Age – featuring her invisible jet – comes from Michael Cho. The Bronze Age is by Travis Moore and Adriano Lucas. The Modern Age is by Cliff Chiang. Each has a different DC publishing symbol reflecting the era they are tributing. They also feature some of the characters that Wonder Woman has worked alongside and fought against, including Steve Trevor, Hippolyta, Cheetah, Hermes, Ares, and Silver Swan. Particularly noticeable are the Olympians from the New 52, including Hermes, Hera, Poseidon, and Hephaestus, as well as Strife and Zola.
Another set of the variants features Wonder Woman’s media history, from television to film. The television variant from Cat Staggs pays tribute to Lynda Carter’s portrayal of Diana on the 1975 show Wonder Woman. The animation-inspired variant is by Bruce Timm, known for his work on numerous animated shows including Batman: The Animated Series, Justice League and Justice League Unlimited. The film variant cover highlighting Gal Godot’s portrayal in Wonder Woman (2017) is illustrated by Will Murai. Another variant comes from Sun Khamunaki, and places Wonder Woman gorgeously front and center. The final variant by Jen Bartel, below, shows the progression of Wonder Woman and her costume over the years, connecting her visually through her iconic lasso. It noticeably includes her straight-hair, leather-jacket days from her stylistically different mid-1990s stories.
Wonder Woman has gone through numerous outfit variations – including a white spy outfit in the 1970s, which is absent from these covers. However, she always comes back to her classic color scheme of red, blue, and gold – occasionally bringing back her star-spangled shorts or skirt. Her fashion is iconic and her heroism reaches mythic levels. Even after 80 years, Wonder Woman is showing no signs of slowing her fight against evil, so there will be many more milestones to come. Check out her latest adventures when Wonder Woman 80th Anniversary 100-Page Super Spectacular releases on October 5.