The fourth of FOUR more Facsimile Editions coming in August and September from DC…

DC’s September solicitations are due this week but we’ve got an EXCLUSIVE SNEAK PEEK at four more major Facsimile Edition releases that are on tap for the month (and August).*

And because each issue deserves its own story, we’ve been unveiling one a day over four days.

The first was 1940’s Batman #1. The second was 1941’s Detective Comics #58 — featuring the Penguin’s debut. The third? The Flash #105 — the first issue of Barry Allen’s original solo series.

This time it’s 1987’s Wonder Woman #1. That’s right, George Perez’s classic is getting a second Facsimile Edition, three years after the first.

Dig the official solicitation info:



$3.99 US | 32 pages
ON SALE 8/29/23

Under the guidance of the late, great George Pérez and his co-plotter, Greg Potter, this series relaunch paved the way for future interpretations of Wonder Woman in the late 20th century and beyond! In this retelling of the origin of the Amazons and Paradise Island, learn how the Amazons fought for independence, established their own civilization, and breathed life into a child molded from clay who would become their greatest champion—Wonder Woman! This facsimile presents the timeless tale in its original glory with period-correct ads so that new readers can experience what it was like picking up this issue for the very first time.

A few thoughts:

— There’s a new Wonder Woman series is starting in September, hence the timing. Still, I’m kinda, sorta, surprised(ish) that DC didn’t go with 1942’s Wonder Woman #1, which hasn’t been released as a Facsimile Edition yet. But, hey, it’s George Perez!

* The Omega Men #3 Facsimile Edition has already been announced for August. Click here.

Obligatory Price Comparison: A near-mint, unslabbed copy of the original recently sold on eBay for about $38. A 2020 Facsimile Edition, meanwhile, went for $14. This version will run you four bucks.


— BATMAN #1: Landmark 1940 Issue to Be Re-Released As a FACSIMILE EDITION. Click here.

— DETECTIVE COMICS #58: The PENGUIN’s Debut to Get FACSIMILE EDITION Release. Click here.

— THE FLASH #105: First Issue of BARRY ALLEN’s Original Series to Get FACSIMILE EDITION. Click here.

Author: Dan Greenfield

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  1. The Wonder Woman #1 may not qualify as a true Facsimile Edition as we’ve come to accept them.

    The Grand Comics Database’s listing of the 2020 printing notes that “Previous DC Facsimile Editions included all elements from the original issue, including advertisements. This issue only includes the front side of the original wraparound cover, and has modern ads on the inside front cover, inside back cover, and outside back cover. There are no ads inside the covers due to the story being 32 pages in length.”

    The solicitation for this printing, as quoted in your article, notes that the book will have “period-correct ads,” which – taking the GCD’s listing into account – leads me to infer that these ads did not appear in the original 1987 printing.

    A true facsimile of this book shouldn’t have any ads at all. According to the GCD, the inside front cover of the original 1987 comic was a text piece, “The Wonder of it All,” and the inside back cover was a house ad for the next issue.

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  2. If this is true and DC is inserting currents ads, this could be my last purchase for the ole spinner rack. The whole point with buying the facsimiles is that I know they are safe for the grandkids to read.

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  3. I don’t have the 2020 facsimile reprint, but I can confirm that the 1987 original has no ads, and as noted above, a text piece on the inside front cover, and a next issue blurb on the inside back cover. I wonder if the “period-correct ads” phrase is just a mistaken copy/paste from DC’s standard solicitation for all facsimile editions? Taken literally, “period-correct ads” in this case would mean “no ads at all” in order to match the 1987 original and be “period-correct.”

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    • This is the first time They have used %period-correct in a solicitation (see I believe this means they are replacing what had appeared originally with ads from another comic book from that same period. But, why?

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