For some reason I never warmed up to Harry G. Peter's original version of Wonder Woman; like Steve Ditko on Spider-Man, I grew up on a different, later version of the character, and it is only in maturity that I see the originality in their respect versions. I also have come to appreciate that Peter was attempting to do a kind of classical antiquity thing with the drawing, aping Greek figure vases by way of early twentieth century pulp illustration. I also like the early Wonder Woman's mid-thigh-length pants, which have recently come back into style as biker shorts or yoga tights (I never cared for the Linda Carter high-cut thigh look, personally).
Anyway, below are a few recent drawings along those lines, along with some other characters that are obviously not owned by me.
|Wonder Woman repels the Cheetah, in a homage to an early H. G. Peter splash page.|
|Princess Diana takes a jog in the high-heel boots that become more or less standard early in her career.|
|Wonder Woman in her Art Deco hairstyle and Neo Grec ribboned sandals.|
|Apropos of nothing, a topless Mary Jane Watson and Spidey (pencil rough).|
|Spidey defends (pointlessly) Mary Jane's modesty; inked on vellum.|
|Inked version in pen and ink on Strathmore. Megaton Man™ and © Don Simpson 2018, all rights reserved.|
|Watercolor version. Megaton Man™ and © Don Simpson 2018, all rights reserved.|
|Megaton Man as the sidekick and Stella Starlight as the Captain in a sketchbook commission. Megaton Man™ and Stella Starlight™ and © Don Simpson 2018, all rights reserved.|
For more racy (or at least weird) convention sketches from the past, proceed to the previous blog post.
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