In the latest Comic Book Legends Revealed, find out why George Perez had to totally change the original ending of his iconic run on wonder woman.
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George Perez had to change the ending of his Wonder Woman run, even after it was originally drawn, because the editorial wanted the Wonder Woman writer after Perez to be able to tell that side of the story.
In the second issue of his legendary Wonder Woman reboot, George Perez (and co-plotter and screenwriter Greg Potter, as well as inker Bruce Patterson) reintroduced Steve Trevor to the Wonder Woman mythos, but he intentionally aged Trevor so that he was no longer a realistic love for Wonder Woman (it was also to tie Steve Trevor to his mother being somehow Steve’s stand-in in Wonder Woman origins, where instead of Steve Trevor coming to Paradise Island was his mother). ..
Similarly, Perez took on the Golden Age supporting character of Etta Candy, who was mostly a joke character in the 1940s, as a lieutenant in the Air Force…
In this same issue, we see that Etta greatly admired Steve and it is likely that her interest in Steve went beyond strict admiration…
Perez made sure Steve and Etta remained regular cast members throughout its run and he had big plans for him before he left the book, but his final year on Wonder Woman was marred by aggravating situations. for him.
Perez’s exclusive contract with DC expired in 1990, but he agreed to stay on. wonder woman for 1991 because he wanted to be able to celebrate Wonder Woman’s 50th birthday and eventually it became War of the Godsas he explained to Patrick Daniel O’Neil in cartoon interview #104, “I had come up with other things they could have done for his birthday. I was really pushing those projects – like, the birthday poster, which I drew. They were supposed to do a book paperback WONDER WOMAN WONDER WOMAN: YEAR ONE, which reprints the first eight issues of my WONDER WOMAN, is nice but I don’t consider it an anniversary book – because there’s nothing from fifty years, just my version. When I first heard of it they were planning to print it out with plain comic paper like they did DEAD IN THE FAMILY and I said, ‘For fiftieth anniversary, is this what you are going to offer us?”
Now that they are no longer advertising WAR OF THE GODS as a WONDER WOMAN book, they have nothing more to announce. If I drew it, they would have advertised it as such, because then they would have thought that Perez’s name would replace any negative comments following a WONDER WOMAN anniversary since DC’s faith in Wonder Woman is pretty much zero; other characters that didn’t sell well were promoted because it was prestigious.
I felt a little angry because it felt like I was the only person fighting for Wonder Woman. Then I lost my editor because of an act of God and my husband because she gave birth. Karen Berger went on maternity leave, so we ended up with an editor who, despite her best efforts, is still a novice who doesn’t have the push Karen has in the business. Everything was starting to fall apart and at this point I was incredibly depressed.”
Perez was also upset only after War of the Gods was announced, DC then announced another one 1991 crossover, Armageddon 2001…
He was particularly upset when he saw the house ads for the event, which featured, well, you know, Wonder Woman…
So he was steam at CC. He had already started to draw Infinity Gauntlet for Marvel (like while he was staying on wonder woman after 1990 his exclusive contract was up so he could work for Marvel), then something happened that put him off DC for a few years.
wonder woman #62 was to be his last issue in the series…
And it was going to involve Steve and Etta’s wedding…until it didn’t. Again, with Pat O’Neil, Perez noted, “The final straw in the case of Wonder Woman when I have Steve Trevor and Etta Candy getting married in the last issue. I had it in the synopsis there months ago the plot was handed over , I finally got it scripted, here we go, then I get a phone call saying Bill Loebs is now the writer and he was going to do the wedding. C” was something that I was setting up and it was me that It could even have been a misunderstanding between me and Bill — maybe he assumed that I just wanted to get them engaged and that he s dealt with marriage – but the fact is that the whole issue went through all the final stages, the marriage was there, it was drawn. now they wanted it redrawn and I just refused to rewrite it. I was finally so angry that I had to ask Karen Berger to please send me a check, which they had already delayed for two weeks, and I just hung up the phone. I haven’t spoken to anyone at DC Comics since then.
So, the finished number just got Etta and Steve engaged, not married…
Perhaps the saddest thing about this is that Loebs’ run also went in a whole different direction, so he never got around to DOING the wedding (but that’s another story). Perez, however, naturally reconciled with DC and was working there again a few years later.
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