Welcome to Comic Book Legends Revealed! This is the six hundred and fourth week where we examine comic book legends and whether they are true or false. This week, it’s all Superman-related legends!
We’re trying out a new format this week. When the site was revamped, we lost the ability to give the second and third legends their own spotlights on Saturday and Sunday, as we are no longer able to link to different stories on CBR’s front page (they are just published directly on to the front page). So this week, CBLR will be split up over three days. One legend today, one tomorrow and one on Sunday. It’s similar to the format I’ve been doing on my Legends Revealed site for years now, as it’s easier to spotlight each legend and for people to search for each legend.
There was almost a one-shot comic where Superman and Wonder Woman had a one-night stand.
Obviously, modern readers are well-acquainted with Superman and Wonder Woman as a couple, as they got together in the New 52…
and even shared a comic book title as a couple, “Superman/Wonder Woman”…
However, this was not something that came up very often before the New 52, despite it being something that FANS certainly discussed a lot outside of the comics themselves. It wasn’t even ALLUDED to in the comics until the late 1960s, when Lois Lane first started to think, “Hey, maybe Superman and Wonder Woman are meant for each other?”
It was then teased in a couple of other comics, including a “DC Comics Presents” issue where Eros made them fall in love with each other.
However, by far the most prominent pairing of the two (before the New 52) was soon after the characters were both rebooted following Crisis, when they met for the “first” time in “Action Comics” #600 and, well, this happened (courtesy of John Byrne and George Perez)…
It then became a team-up where they fought against Darkseid because, hey, it’s comics, you have to have a fight scene!
Anyhow, while that was the take that John Byrne came up with, George Perez had other ideas. In 1990, when he was still writing the “Wonder Woman” comic book series, he discussed the idea in the Amateur Press Association fanzine “TitanTalk”. Here is Perez…
Also on my Wonder Woman agenda is a one-shot prestige format book tentatively titled “Rendezvous”, and it is a romance story with Diana and Superman to be edited by Karen. It will, at last, really deal with the physical relationship between these two popular characters. In other words, they do it. Due to the nature of the story, I will probably be using the Gods as a means of allowing the reader his or her option to regard or disregard this tale as part of DC continuity. I have no intention of treating this story sensationally, but there are definitely some mature themes I’ll wish to explore.
Recently, at this year’s Dragoncon, during a Wonder Woman panel, Perez restated that he had started on plans for a one-shot graphic novel along those lines, but it didn’t end up materializing. At the Dragoncon panel, Perez seemed to insinuate that it might have been because his view was that Wonder Woman was going to be a bit underwhelmed, considering that she was expecting practically a god and he noted that DC was a bit wary about making Superman look bad.
I’m sure people would be glad to see an out-of-continuity version of that, George!
Think about it, we’ve seen John Byrne have the two get together, we’ve seen Frank Miller’s take on it…
so now we need the other third of the early 1980s “Big Three”!!
Thanks to my buddy, the excellent Line it is Drawn artist Xum Yukinori (who drew an excellent Wonder Woman piece for this week’s Line it is Drawn) for the information, including the quote from Perez!
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