Here we have a piece of comic book history from early-1941 in the form of a letter from cartoonist Harry G. Peter, written to William Moulton Marston, in which he unveils some very early sketches of Marston’s new superheroine, Wonder Woman; Marston’s handwritten response to Peter can also be seen, penned in red below the original message. Wonder Woman’s subsequent debut came just months later – December – in All Star Comics #8 (cover). The rest is history.
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Dear Dr. Marston,
I slapped these two out in a hurry. The eagle is tough to handle as 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.
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. See suggestions enclosed for eagle. Braziers I suggest may work better in curved or slanting 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