“Wonder Woman: Bondage” The Comic That Won’t Be

Rich Johnston of Bleeding Cool wrote:

“DC Comics never saw this image. Neither Bill Sienkiewicz nor Frank Miller intended it to go public. But when it was sold, despite assurances that it wouldn’t go online, somewhere along the line, it got sold to someone who didn’t know about that requirement. And it was recently spotted by DC Women Kicking Ass, though the above visual is a higher res version.”

Sienkiewicz told Bleeding Cool:

Frank and I were jazzed about working together again. We were up for doing another series and churning the waters on on some old DC character, as he’d done with Dark Knight.

Wonder Woman seemed like a pretty good choice. She been simultaneously revered and handled poorly in some incarnations. To me she’s always been a ‘”symbol” more than a character that has been well-utilized in a story context. The most interesting stuff was the earliest – and felt the ripest for revisiting.

The fact that her creator William Marston also created the precursor to the lie detector and was into bondage lent a weird kinky vibe and made the idea of mucking with her and her origin a potentially fun trip.

The image was done by me to visually test the water, so to speak and my own comfort level, if not everyone else’s, about how far it could be pushed. I did some others that were far more extreme, no one has seen those, this one was relatively tame by comparison. Still it was perhaps a bit over the top, but I think Frank and I invited that. So was the idea for the series in very basic broad stroke discussions between Frank and I , with some input from then-DC editor Bob Schreck. The piece was never intended to be seen by anyone else, but of course , someone bought the original , and despite assurances from everyone who had seen the piece that they would not pass it along ( I should have known better, it was too provocative NOT to make the rounds)… ah well, so it goes.

But as for actually doing the series – who knows?

This series won’t see the light of day because DC cleansed the more tawdry elements of Wonder Woman from the comics (except for the costume). They also avoid talking about Wonder Woman’s very kinky history in recent documentaries.

The thing is, I’m not convinced that it would be a bad thing to return Wonder Woman to her roots. A good writer could tell a great story that really examines gender relations. It wouldn’t be for kids, but most comics aren’t.

Care to learn about Wonder Woman’s dirty past? Read on… Wonder Woman: The Super Secret & Kinky Origin of a Feminist Icon

(Via Bleeding Cool)

2 thoughts on ““Wonder Woman: Bondage” The Comic That Won’t Be

  1. The old Wonder Woman comics had quite an impact on my view of sexuality and power dynamics, growing up– in a good way, I’d like to think. That said, you’re damn right I’d like to learn about Wonder Woman’s dirty past!

    1. I don’t see the sexuality of the early Wonder Woman comics as threatening to what the character stands for. I actually think that DC’s attempts to mask her sexuality have damaged their ability to tell meaningful stories through her.

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