Excitement Off The Charts: Marc Andreyko Talks ‘Wonder Woman ’77’
Lynda Carter's Wonder Woman TV show was an inspiration to a generation of superhero fans back in the late 1970s, and it was with great joy that we greeted the news of a Wonder Woman '77 comic from DC's digital division, following in the footsteps of Batman '66. Now that the series is a few chapters in, we caught up with writer Marc Andreyko to find out how the series came about and what role the show played in his own childhood.
We also have an exclusive preview of the next chapter, with art by Jason Badower, which takes readers to the cusp of an extraordinary revelation; there's more than one Wonder Woman in town.
ComicsAlliance: Now we're a few issues in, how much are you enjoying rediscovering the world of Wonder Woman '77?
Marc Andreyko: Oh, it's been an absolute blast. And a bunch of us just got to meet Ms. Carter --- who could not have been lovelier or more delighted about the comic series --- so the excitement level for me is now off the charts!
CA: What did this series mean to you, growing up?
MA: It meant a great deal, actually. Seeing a superhero in live action was a rarity when I was a kid, and Lynda Carter's portrayal has remained the standard for decades because it was elegant, graceful, and respectful of its source material. Plus, who doesn't love that awesome theme song?
CA: Where did the idea come from to bring back Wonder Woman '77?
MA: The inspiration was simple: Batman '66. After seeing how much fun Jeff Parker and co. were having, I pitched a Wonder Woman '77 book to [DC editor] Hank Kanalz over coffee. And, lo and behold, about a year later I got a call asking if I was still interested.
CA: Batman '66 is celebrated for its camp, and for the theatricality of its villains. How would you describe the tone and tenor of Wonder Woman '77 by comparison?
MA: Wonder Woman was very aware of its origins and completely respectful of them. The folks involved didn't look down their noses or treat the characters dismissively. And the anchor, of course, was Lynda Carter. That being said, the series wasn't too serious. There was a lot of fun to be had there. It was the '70s, after all!
CA: Are there areas of Wonder Woman's TV continuity that you're excited to introduce?
MA: We will be bringing in characters from the show throughout the run of the series and referencing events as well, but as far as having a traditional, ultra-tight continuity? Not so much. This series is meant to be accessible to new and old readers alike, so if you watched the series, there will be Easter eggs sprinkled in there for you, but if you have no knowledge of the TV show --- which you should remedy by watching the DVDs --- the stories are self-contained and enjoyable on their own.
Here's the solicitation for Wonder Woman '77, Chapter Four:
Writer: Marc Andreyko
Artist: Jason Badower
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Chapter Four goes on sale Thursday April 2nd via the DC Comics App, ReadDCEntertainment.com, iBooks, comiXology.com, Google Play, Kindle Store, Nook Store, and iVerse ComicsPlus.