As selected by 13 top creators…
UPDATED 6/1/17: Hey, Wonder Woman comes out this week! Excited? Cool. Now back during WONDER WOMAN WEEK in the fall, we asked 13 top creators to name their favorite WW stories. Seemed like a perfect time to revisit their answers:
At the beginning of WONDER WOMAN WEEK, 13 of the comics industry’s top pros revealed how the Amazon princess changed their lives (click here).
Now, with the United Nations declaring it Wonder Woman Day on Friday (10/21), they’re all back with their picks for their favorite WW stories ever. (UPDATED 12/14/16: Unfortunately, the UN bowed to pressure from 45,000 ill-informed petitioners who say Wonder Woman doesn’t deserve this honor. We strongly disagree with their reasoning. Click here for more on that.)
Who are they? In alphabetical order: Marc Andreyko, Cliff Chiang, Amy Chu, J.M. DeMatteis, Franco, Jamal Igle, Paul Levitz, Andy Mangels, Jeff Parker, Trina Robbins, Greg Rucka, Liam Sharp and Des Taylor. Also included is Christie Marston, granddaughter of Wonder Woman creator, William Moulton Marston.
For the full WONDER WOMAN INDEX of stories, click here.
Marc Andreyko, co-writer, Batman ’66 Meets Wonder Woman ’77
Probably Wonder Woman #46 by George Perez, Mindy Newell, Jill Thompson and Romeo Tanghal. It was a powerful, moving story about the suicide of Vanessa’s friend and showed the humanism and love and compassion of Wonder Woman in a tale grounded in realism.
Cliff Chiang, Wonder Woman artist. His art is featured on the new U.S. Postal Service commemorative stamps
My favorite story is Jill Thompson’s Wonder Woman: The True Amazon. Years ago, I remember Jill telling me the story she had planned and it got me all weepy, and seeing the final book is astounding. Jill has such a strong and nuanced understanding of the character, and has made something instantly classic and beautiful.
Amy Chu, writer, Sensation Comics Featuring Wonder Woman
So many great stories, but gotta say The Circle by Gail Simone and Terry and Rachel Dodson wins out. I haven’t read Jill Thompson’s new book though! I need to do that! (For Gail Simone’s pick, click here.)
J.M. DeMatteis, writer, Wonder Woman
I don’t think I have a favorite Wonder Woman story, but I remember the George Perez-Len Wein run being a real breakthrough for the character. And I feel lucky to have written Wonder Woman in both animated (for Justice League Unlimited) and comic-book form (most notably in Justice League 3000/3001). Any time you get to play with these icons, it’s an honor.
Franco, co-creator of the upcoming Super Powers from DC (co-starring Wonder Woman)
Challenge of the Gods by George Perez and Len Wein.
Jamal Igle, artist, Sensation Comics Featuring Wonder Woman
My favorite run is Greg Rucka’s Down to Earth storyline, where she establishes the Themysciran embassy, publishes her book Reflection and takes on international despots and overly zealous religious purists. Just a powerful run of the series, followed very closely by Gail Simone’s run.
Paul Levitz, writer and former president and publisher of DC Comics
My favorite run was the one George Perez did, with bits of collaboration by Greg Potter, Len Wein and others.
Andy Mangels, best-selling author and writer, Wonder Woman ’77 Meets the Bionic Woman
There have been a lot of fantastic Wonder Woman stories told over the last 75 years, but many of the standout storylines happened post-TV show, and mostly, post-Crisis on Infinite Earths.
The original TV pilot with Lynda Carter was one of the strongest comics-to-TV adaptations ever done, but the two-part Feminum Mystique from Season 1, with the Nazis invading Paradise Island and the introduction of Wonder Girl was pure bliss.
In terms of the comics, George Perez’s reinvention of Wonder Woman post-Crisis had some strong storylines, especially the first arc, but Issue #46’s Chalk Drawings, with Mindy Newell, Jill Thompson and Romeo Tanghal, about teen suicide is still a high point.
Issue #170’s She’s A Wonder by Phil Jimenez, with Joe Kelly and Andy Lanning, is an excellent look at Wonder Woman through Lois Lane’s eyes, while Phil’s final issue, #188’s Wonder Boys, was perhaps the crystallization of almost every aspect of Wonder Woman I’ve ever loved (and I’m thanked in the credits!).
Gail Simone did some superb character work, and I’ve loved both of Greg Rucka’s runs on the book. Currently, The Legend of Wonder Woman series by Renae De Liz with Ray Dillon is an immense love letter to the character.
Christie Marston, granddaughter of Wonder Woman creator William Moulton Marston, and family historian
My favorite Wonder Woman stories are the originals (gee, are you shocked?…) but there is one specific story that stands out from the rest; surprisingly it is not from the Golden Age:
The Once and Future Story by Trina Robbins, Colleen Doran and Jackson Guice deals with domestic abuse in a manner that can hit home with both abused and abusers. Despite (or perhaps because of…?) the difficult subject matter, the story is thoroughly engrossing.
It really should be mandatory reading in every school, everywhere. I love seeing Wonder Woman in education and public service; this tale is a shining example of both.
Jeff Parker, writer, currently on the upcoming Batman ’66 Meets Wonder Woman ’77
It’s hard to say a favorite story, I kind of like the Silver Age ones of her book when you sometimes saw her as a teen or a kid. As a character she unfairly has a lot of weird pressures and expectations lumped on, when I’d rather just see her have cool adventures.
Trina Robbins, Wonder Woman writer/artist and underground comics pioneer
Jill Thompson’s new graphic novel that just came out is a beautiful revisionist take on Wonder Woman’s origin! It’s so feminist that there isn’t even a guy who she rescues that sets her in motion to go to Man’s World and right wrongs. Instead, the catalyst is another Amazon, and the strong suggestion that Diana is in love with her. And Jill’s art is, as always, gorgeous!
Greg Rucka, writer, Wonder Woman
I’m always gonna have just an unreasonable fondness for George Perez’s first, the sort of retelling of the origin, and the recontextualizing of it. And not only about Diana’s place in it but the Amazons’ place in it.
One can argue that perhaps it hasn’t aged well, but it’s a magical story to me. And I think it’s one of those stories that I found at a very formative age so I found it at the right time and I said, “Oh, I get it. Oh, this is so cool.” So it’s always, always, ALWAYS gonna be that.
All other things being equal — and there are stories that we can go way back on, and you know there are stories that contemporary peers have written that I think are quite wonderful — but it’s always gonna be George. It’s always gonna be George.
Liam Sharp, artist, Wonder Woman
Nicola Scott and Greg Rucka’s Year One!
Des Taylor, artist
Easy! Wonder Woman Issue #8: Time Passages, by George Perez and Len Wein. Not only was this an awesome story that gave us insight to Diana’s personal life and the true meaning of her mission on Earth but I loved the way the book was prose heavy and written in diary format.
My favorite parts were her test of skill and strength and the little hint that she went silent whenever Superman was mentioned.
For the complete WONDER WOMAN WEEK INDEX, click here.
Cover images and credits from the Grand Comics Database.