Here’s the original concept sketch for Wonder Woman by H.G. Peter (circa 1941), including handwritten notes between the artist and writer William Moulton Marston:
- “Dear Dr. Marston, I slapped these two out in a hurry. The eagle is tough to handle - when in perspective or in profile, he doesn’t show up clearly — the shoes look like a stenographer’s. I think the idea might be incorporated as a sort of Roman contraption. Peter”
- “Dear Pete - I think the gal with hand up is very cute. I like her skirt, legs, hair. Bracelets okay + boots. These probably will work out. See other suggestions enclosed. No on these + stripes - red + white. With eagle’s wings above or below breasts as per enclosed? Leave it to you. Don’t we have to put a red stripe around her waist as belt? I thought Gaines wanted it - don’t remember. Circlet will have to go higher - more like crown - see suggestions enclosed. See you Wednesday morning - WMM.”
The original drawing sold for $33,350 in 2002.
It’s Wonder Woman Weekend here at Superdames!!
Amazing to see how comics characters change over time.