13 COVERS: The Wonderfully Weird World of H.G. PETER

A birthday salute to Wonder Woman’s first artist…

The late H.G. Peter — born 141 years ago on March 8, 1880 (!) — was the first artist to draw Wonder Woman, an illustrator with a distinctive, often oddball style that’s easy to pick out from his Golden Age compatriots.

He also happened to be one of the oldest creators of the Golden Age — he was 61 when William Moulton Marston’s Amazing Amazon debuted in the fall of 1941, in the back of All-Star Comics #8.

Wonder Woman wasn’t on the cover of that issue, but it wouldn’t be long before she headlined two titles — Sensation Comics and her eponymously named series.

Dig this 13 COVERS birthday tribute:


— How GEORGE PEREZ Saved WONDER WOMAN From Becoming a ‘Raunchy Sex Object’. Click here.

— 13 TOP CREATORS: How WONDER WOMAN Changed My Life. Click here.

Author: Dan Greenfield

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  1. Wow. That is interesting to read about him. 1880!

    So much had changed in that time by 1940. Automobiles, widespread electricity, motion pictures , radio, sound recordings, skyscrapers.

    Is there anything written about if he said he had a model or influence for Wonder Woman?

    We can speculate for fun. These stick out to me who could have for sure. Strong features , recognizable at the time, beautiful.

    Jane Russell, Hedy Lamarr, Joan Bennett, Vivian Leigh, Dorothy Lamour, just to name a few from the 30s-1940 who may be an influence.

    Thanks for celebrating his work and honoring him. It will stay with me when i read the Winder Woman Chronicles again.

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