Aug 1957

Cover again: yow! Dig that pointy look! Check out the tiara. See how the shorts are more like hotpants.
Oct. 1958

And then the shaped bodice came back. Guess we just must have been imagining things. Get a load of that can opener she's wearing on her head!!! We wouldn't see a tiara this big again until Byrne came along post-Crisis.

Oct. 1958

A nice back shot for the pointy look. The tiara's just miscolored in this panel, not the rest of the story.




July 1959

Due to the popularity of teen movies, DC tried out some stories of Diana as a teenager, a Wonder Girl who knew all about her fate of becoming Wonder Woman in the future. Definitely out of continuity! (Check out the Wonder Family Index for all the info on this interesting period of Wonder Woman history.) This shot is from the cover. We never saw a headband like this on the inside of the book. Shall I say it again? Action heroes should not wear skirts!



July 1959

July 1960 And here's Diana the Wonder Girl from the interior of that book. You can usually spot Diana (whose costume subtly changed) from Donna (whose WG costume stayed the same) in that Diana had the curly bangs, often didn't wear Amazon bracelets or wore non-standard ones like here, often had bows on the back of her shoes (unusual to see her in open-toed sandals as here), and often wore a skirt. The shirt was quickly changed to a sleeveless tunic.
Nov. 1959
I'm sorry, Diana, but the straight bodice made a return for an issue or three.




July 1960 The shaped bodice returns, never to leave again. Plus the shorts are definitely the longer type again. (FYI, I rate the shorts as beginning with a walking length, then regular length, and by now starting to be a hot-pant or short-short length.) (Does this art look like Jim Mooney had a hand in it? How odd to interrupt the Andru-Esposito run!)





Feb '64

I usually give the first Donna Troy appearance as WW #123 (July, 1961) because the number's easy to remember, but a case could be made for some earlier issues. In those, though, she wasn't wearing this little number, which I will always think of as the definitive Wonder Girl uniform. It was to last her for many years.

Say, if you'd like to see all of Donna Troy's costumes through the years, why don't you trot on over to the Donna Troy Costume Index?

Nov. '61

Wonder Tot! Wonder Tot! Ain't she cute? Imho she was always her own separate person unless we actually saw WW de-aged within the story. Here you see her version of the Wonder suit. It never varied.

Aug. '62May '62

Diana Prince was a happenin' Army lieutenant! That's Superman on her arm, btw. She wore standard ugly pointy-tipped Andru & Esposito glasses. I never DID like 'em! Guess it's what a girl has to do to disguise herself (but I never noticed Clarkie using anything like them unless he was being drawn by Wayne Boring, who put him into some truly ug-o-matic frames).

(Above right.) Wonder Midge. Don't ask. Oh, okay, something came up and Diana had to communicate with a baby. Knowing that all babies can understand each other (the Sugar & Spike Theory of Toddler Communications), she de-aged herself, got herself some star-spangled diapers, and conversed.
Feb. '64


I'm going to be putting in "bookmark" illoes every now and then to show us where we are with the regular costume. See how the bodice really curves around the breasts, and the shorts are of regular or even walking length. This Andru & Esposito version is how I was first introduced to Wonder Woman. I thought she had the ugliest costume going; it looked like something out of the Sears underwear pages, what with the long-line strapless bra and long girdle that someone had pasted an American flag onto. (And it didn't help either that during this period WW was a shouting idiot who pandered to chauvinistic men.) It wasn't until the Diana Prince era that I learned that WW was a character to be respected and even admired.


Superwoman

Of course the Silver Age WW was a member of the Justice League of America, who met up with some evil counterparts from Earth-3 in the first JLA-JSA teamup. Wonder Woman's counterpart was Superwoman. I thought her costume was tres cool!
Oct. '65

We got an unfortunate "Return to the Golden Age" but then DC attempted to bring WW into the mainline DC universe. See how her costume looks like that of a regular superhero who doesn't like sensible straps? Note the briefs instead of shorts -- very superheroish. And we're back to the boots, which have no frilly stripes but just good old-fashioned superhero seams.
Jan. '66

Even so, some artists couldn't give up the sandals. In this same story the artist fluctuated between hot pants and the brief design.




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