In 2015, DC Comics published a comic book called Wonder Woman ’77. The comic was based on the 1975 Wonder Woman television show, which starred Lynda Carter as Diana Prince/Wonder Woman, and Lyle Waggoner as Steve Trevor.
The comic existed as a continuation of the television series, telling new stories set within the show’s continuity. It featured old characters from the show, along with some new faces, and also drew material from Wonder Woman’s comic book mythology to introduce villains and concepts not explored on screen.
In this post I am taking a look at Wonder Woman ’77 to provide further details about the comic. I will include answers to some frequently asked questions to give a greater understanding of this short-lived book.
When and how was Wonder Woman ’77 published?
Wonder Woman ’77 was published between 2015 and 2016, initially as a series of ‘digital first’ editions. Unlike traditional comic books, ‘digital first’ comics are published digitally in the first instance, before being collected together as print editions at a later date.
Why was the comic called Wonder Woman ’77 and not Wonder Woman ’75 – the year Wonder Woman first hit TV screens?!
While the comic was based on the classic Wonder Woman television series which first aired in 1975, during its run the show straddled two timelines: Season One was set during the 1940s, while Season Two and Three were set during the 1970s.
Rather than create confusion by basing the comic around the two different timelines of the show, the comic opted for stories set in the ‘70s-era. The comic used the name Wonder Woman ’77 to reflect the point in time when the show started telling (then) contemporary tales – 1977, the air date of Season Two onward.
How many editions of Wonder Woman ’77 were published?
Wonder Woman ’77 ran for 27 editions, which were released as ‘chapters’. Some of these chapters were multi-part stories, while others were standalone tales.
The chapters are as follows:
- Chapter 1 – Disco Inferno Part 1: The Velvet Ropes
- Chapter 2 – Disco Inferno Part 2: Blood on the Dancefloor
- Chapter 3 – Disco Inferno Part 3: Stayin’ Alive!
- Chapter 4 – Who is Wonder Woman? Part 1: Who’s Sleeping in my Bed?
- Chapter 5 – Who is Wonder Woman? Part 2: My Own Worst Enemy?
- Chapter 6 – Who is Wonder Woman? Part 3: Psycho-Therapy
- Chapter 7 – The Cat Came Back Part 1: The Beast Within
- Chapter 8 – The Cat Came Back Part 2: Cat Scratch Fever
- Chapter 9 – The Cat Came Back Part 3: Zoo Story
- Chapter 10 – Celsia 451 Part 1: Icy/Hot
- Chapter 11 – Celsia 451 Part 2: The Fire Within
- Chapter 12 – Celsia 451 Part 3: Meltdown
- Chapter 13 – Wisdom of Solomon
- Chapter 14 – Claymates Part 1
- Chapter 15 – Claymates Part 2
- Chapter 16 – Orion the Hunter Part 1
- Chapter 17 – Orion the Hunter Part 2
- Chapter 18 – Reverend Mike Loves You
- Chapter 19 – Oceans Part 1
- Chapter 20 – Oceans Part 2
- Chapter 21 – The Revenge of Gault’s Brain Part 1
- Chapter 22 – The Revenge of Gault’s Brain Part 2
- Chapter 23 – Worlds Collide Part 1
- Chapter 24 – Worlds Collide Part 2
- Chapter 25 – The Man Behind the Curtain
- Chapter 26 – Seeing Stars Part 1
- Chapter 27 – Seeing Stars Part 2
What villains appeared in Wonder Woman ’77?
Notable villains in Wonder Woman ’77 included Silver Swan, Doctor Psycho, Cheetah, Celsia, Solomon Grundy, Clayface, and Orion the Hunter. The comic also featured references to villains from the television show, including Baroness von Gunther, as well as Harlow Gault.
What other nods to the television show were included in the comic?
In addition to some of the show’s villains, Wonder Woman ’77 also included brief nods to Queen Hippolyta and Drusilla (aka Wonder Girl), as well as some of Wonder Woman’s alternative costumes, including her blue swim suit. The storyline, Who is Wonder Woman? (which appeared in Chapters 4 – 6), also made reference to the 1974 TV movie, Wonder Woman, which predated the Lynda Carter show and starred Cathy Lee Crosby in the title role.
Who were the creative team behind Wonder Woman ’77?
Wonder Woman ’77 was the work of multiple writers including Marc Andreyko, Christos N. Gage, Ruth Fletcher Gage, Trina Robbins, Amanda Deibert, Amy Chu, and Amanda Deibert. Art was provided by Drew Johnson, Jason Badower, Cat Staggs, Richard Ortiz, Dario Brizuela, Staz Johnson, Tom Derenick, Tess Fowler, and Christian Duce.
And finally, did Wonder Woman ‘77 produce any spin-offs or follow-ups?
In addition to the main comic, Wonder Woman ’77 produced two spin-off titles:
- Batman ’66 Meets Wonder Woman ’77 (2016 – 2017)
- Wonder Woman ’77 Meets The Bionic Woman (2016 – 2017)
Batman ’66 Meets Wonder Woman ’77 was a crossover with DC’s Batman ’66 comic – itself a spin-off from the 1966 Adam West/Burt Ward Batman television show. Meanwhile, Wonder Woman ’77 Meets The Bionic Woman, was a crossover with The Bionic Woman comic from Dynamite – itself a spin-off from the 1976 television series, The Bionic Woman.
Batman ’66 Meets Wonder Woman ’77 ran for 12 issues, while Wonder Woman ’77 Meets The Bionic Woman ran for 6 issues.
I hope this information about Wonder Woman ’77 has proved useful. If you are a fan of the classic Wonder Woman TV show, then I recommend you check out Wonder Woman ’77 as it is an enjoyable continuation of the show and a fun read.
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