Now The World Is Ready For You: DC Digital Announces ‘Wonder Woman ’77’ [NYCC]
DC Digital‘s Sensation Comics Featuring Wonder Woman must be doing decent business, as the publisher announced a second digital Wonder Woman title at the Download This panel at New York Comic-Con on Sunday; Wonder Woman ’77, inspired by the hit 1970s Wonder Woman TV show starring Lynda Carter. The series follows the digital-first format of the Batman ’66 comic, which is based on the 1960s Batman TV show.
Written by Marc Andreyko and illustrated by various artists, Wonder Woman ’77 will launch in December with a six weekly installments that will later be released in print. Further Wonder Woman ’77 stories are expected to follow in the future.
The Wonder Woman TV show ran for three seasons from 1976 to 1979, with a movie-length pilot in 1975, but the ’77 of the title is more than just an echo of the Batman ’66 name. The first season of Wonder Woman was set during World War II; the second season, which began airing in 1977, moved the action to the 1970s, and it’s the 70s-era Wonder Woman that DC Digital intends to revive for this series.
(If you’re wondering if any DC Comics-based show might have aired around 1988 that could make this a trilogy, we have great news! Superboy launched in 1988 and ran for four seasons, which is more than either Batman or Wonder Woman — though Batman had more episodes. Now, sure, the 80s Superboy is less iconic than those other shows, but I can assure you that its two consecutive Clark Kents, John Haymes Newton and Gerard Christopher, made quite an impression on certain young viewers.)
DC Digital didn’t release any story details for Wonder Woman ’77, but we suspect Steve Trevor Jr., the invisible plane, Inter-Agency Defense Command, and the smart computer Ira will all play their part, and a digitally enhanced transformation twirl is essential. We’d also love to see some of Diana’s alternate outfits, like her blue diving suit, her skateboarding gear, and her horse-riding pantsuit. And she’ll probably get up to all sorts of new adventures that will require completely new outfits, right? Sure she will.
DC announced two other new digital series at the panel; an adaptation of the Fables web series The Wolf Among Us, written by Matthew Sturges and Dave Justus, with art by Steve Sadowski, Travis Moore, and Shawn McManus, which will be the first Vertigo digital comic; and a Mortal Kombat series, Mortal Kombat X, written by Shawn Kittelsen with interior art by Dexter Soy and covers by Ivan Reis. Both will debut early in 2015, and they sound very nice, but they don’t have anything to do with Wonder Woman.
While the whole world waits for Wonder Woman ’77, we strong suggest that you relive the magic of the Wonder Woman TV theme song, and maybe twirl around a little bit.