Officially, DC Comics didn’t have nearly as large a presence at this year’s New York Comic Con than their chief rival, Marvel Comics, or even many other smaller publishers. They didn’t have an official booth on the main floor and they didn’t have as many panels as Marvel Comics did announcing new material. Much of their promotional efforts were focused on current TV shows such as “Arrow”, “Gotham”, “Teen Titans GO!” and “The Flash”. Unofficially, the reach of DC Comics could be felt every time one ran into a Batman, Superman, or Teen Titans related cosplayer (of which there were thousands).
Yet there was one announcement for a new comic book made by DC Comics at the convention, which was a pleasant surprise to many con goers at DC’s “Download This” panel. As the Hollywood Reporter summarizes, DC Comics has announced a new digital first comic seeing print next year, “Wonder Woman ’77”. In a similar vein to “Batman ’66”, it takes place in the universe as established by the 1970’s TV show which starred Lynda Carter and helped propel the heroine into iconic status during the height of the feminist movement. In the show, the Amazon princess helped Steve Trevor battle the Nazis in World War II before retiring back to her island until the late 1970’s, to help Trevor’s grandson battle more modern crime and injustice. The 1977 series had to change it’s setting from the 1940’s to the then modern era for budgetary concerns, but has remained one of the most well known superhero TV shows in history.
The series will be written by Marc Andreyko (“Manhunter”, “Batwoman”) with covers provided by Nicola Scott. An interior artist is unknown but naturally, reproducing Lynda Carters’ basic likeness will be half the fun. As the title to this article states, this will mark Wonder Woman’s third solo series at DC Comics. In addition to her main title, “Sensation Comics featuring Wonder Woman” is another digital first series which is also seeing physical print. There is also the “Superman/Wonder Woman” series, although to be blunt that has long been a Superman series which Wonder Woman guests in. Despite debuting in 1941, this will mark the first time Wonder Woman will have three comic book titles completely to herself; a feat which has long been accomplished by Batman, Superman, and Green Lantern. It is a good sign for the heroine, who celebrates her 75th anniversary in 2016.
If this goes well, perhaps a dream team-up with “Batman ’66” could be possible. After all, DC Comics was willing to work with Dynamite Comics to allow Kevin Smith to write another team-up between the 60’s era dynamic duo and “The Green Hornet”. It certainly wouldn’t be the goofiest thing DC Comics could ever do. It also speaks volumes to DC Comics’ imagination with utilizing digital comics to reach audiences farther and wider than the weekly shop grind.