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Wonder Woman updated to the eighties

Jerry Stratton, July 2, 2010

I don’t have much to say about the temporary new Wonder Woman costume. I’ve always thought Wonder Woman was an interesting character but, other than the George Perez run and of course the seventies television series I never really paid attention to her. My first thought on seeing the new design was, leggings and a bright red/yellow shirt? And that hair? This is the Pat Benatar Wonder Woman. It was designed by someone who grew up in the eighties. As someone who grew up in the eighties, our fashion sense is something I’d like to forget.

It seems to me that comic book designers have a tendency to create for what was popular while they were growing up. Sure enough, the new costume was designed by Jim Lee. He was born the same year I was. While I enjoy Pat Benatar then and still do, I don’t think it’s a good look for Wonder Woman.

Looks like I’m not the only person to notice this. And Straight Dope message board commenter Jophiel got exactly the same vibe, too: “Demin jacket and black leggings? She’s busting into the modern era just like Pat Benatar!”

Geek alert: Wonder Woman is not “finally” going to wear pants. She’s gone through pants phases before. They, also, ended up looking pretty dated.

As far as that goes, the tights version of Wonder Woman’s costume has always struck me as silly. I thought the skirted version more dynamic.

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