This is Comic Book Easter Eggs, where I spotlight notable "Easter Eggs" (basically hidden references) within comic books or other media (so long as it is connected to comic books somehow).
With issue #6 of Wonder Woman '77 Meets the Bionic Woman getting released today, we asked the writer of the comic, best-selling author Andy Mangels, for some of the secrets and easter eggs for the series so far. There are so many of these bad boys that we're going to spread it out over three days leading up to the release of the final issue today! So #1-2 on Monday, #3-4 yesterday and then #5 today.
Be warned, there are spoilers ahead... but they'll allow an appreciation for the immense research and knowledge that went into crafting this series that is selling out across the country and getting great reviews from critics and the fans!
NOTE FROM ANDY:
A quick note before you digest this list of Easter Eggs...
The WONDER WOMAN '77 MEETS THE BIONIC WOMAN story was designed so that even casual readers could enjoy it.
But, like any good franchise, whether it's Star Trek or Star Wars, Aliens or Buffy, or any number of comic books, anime, television, or film franchises, those fans who have a deeper knowledge and appreciation of the characers and their history want to know more!
So don't look at these Easter Eggs and footnotes as a necessity to enjoy the action-packed story, but instead, look at them as a way to deepen the experience and view just how the puzzle pieces all fit together. It's like a commentary track on a DVD; you can enjoy the project without it, or enjoy it even more with it.
Wonder Woman '77 Meets the Bionic Woman #5 Easter Eggs
Page One, Panel Three: Drusilla calls Cyber a "koprolith," which is the Greek word for "fossilized poop."
Page Two, Panel Five: Transformation Island is the name of a side island in the Golden Age comics which housed a penal colony (aka "Reform island"), while "Science Island" housed the medical facilities. In later comics, the two were combined, which is what was done here.
Page Four, Panels Two-Three: General Phillipus was first introduced in comics in Wonder Woman v2 #1 (February 1987), but is added to the TV continuity now.
Page Five, Panel Two: The Amazon longboats seen here were introduced in Batman '66 Meets Wonder Woman '77 #3 (2017).
Page Six, Panels Four-Five: The lagoon and rocky hillside were settings last seen when Radl first invaded Paradise Island, in the two-part "The Feminum Mystique."
Page Eight, Panels Three-Four: Diana identifies the plane as a "her," and Jaime learns that the beacon implanted in her arm can use the same frequencies as the ruby in Diana's tiara, which can send telepathic radio signals and commands.
Page Nine, Panel Six: Asclepia is the doctor seen in "The Return of Wonder Woman," as played by Bettye Ackerman.
Page Ten, Panel Three: Drusilla refers to learning "dog talk," so she's trying to be like her older sister who can communicate with animals.
Page Ten, Panel Three: Franklin's favorite Fembot Katy returns from issue three.
Page Eleven, Panel Seven: Rudy's comment not only refers to Dru's size, but to a famous line from Star Wars.
Page Twelve, Panel Five: Artemis was introduced in the comics in Wonder Woman volume 2 #90 (September 1994) and took over the role of Wonder Woman for a time. She makes her debut in TV continuity here.
Page Thirteen, Panel Three: Jaime makes a reference to her "Savage Sommers" wrestling costume from The Bionic Woman episode "In This Corner, Jaime Sommers."
Page Thirteen, Panel Five: The Queen gives Jaime the royal family bracelets with the red stars, which are generally only worn by the Queen, Diana, and Drusilla.
Page Thirteen, Panel Seven: Jaime's armor was designed by author Andy Mangels, and includes a lion's head to symbolize Jaime's ferocious protective nature, a Greek enneagram symbol (which is what Jaime's mother gave her on a pendant in the episode "Jaime's Mother") on her belt, and blue pauldrons and greaves with a subtle circuitry symbol on them.
Page Fourteen: Amazon Doctor Angela is Dr. Angela Marshall-Olsen, a real doctor in Portland, Oregon. Writer Andy Mangels wanted to homage her in the book as a thank you for many years of excellent medical care. Also, the Purple Ray of Healing was created by Diana in Wonder Woman #1 (June 1942)!
Page Seventeen, Panels One-Two: Amadonna can use her Ilandian bracelets and choker, along with intense concentration, to create force fields.
Page Eighteen, Panel Four: Cyber's rant is meant as a nod to many, many, many, many Scooby-Doo villains.
Page Twenty-One, Panel Five: Writer Andy Mangels designed Diana's armor for this sequence and next issue, combining elements of the television costume and extrapolating how costumer Donfeld might have added armor should he ever need to do so. Also note that Diana's rarely-seen skirt makes a brief appearance mid-transformation.
Page Twenty-Two: Communicating telepathically through her tiara ruby and mirrors is a skill extrapolated by the TV series from Diana's use of the mental radio.
Go get a copy of Wonder Woman '77 Meets the Bionic Woman #6 so you can finish the story and see even MORE Easter Eggs!