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When Did Wonder Woman Get Her Iconic Symbol?

As one of the most iconic superheroes in the DC Comics' library, Wonder Woman has changed her look considerably in the nearly 80 years since her first debut. One of the most visible elements of this visual evolution has been the design of Diana Prince's logo for her superhero alter ego, changing to fit the times in which she has appeared.

Here is a quick history of Wonder Woman's logo, including its initial version that debuted with the character in 1941, the more classic symbol that surfaced decades later, and the combination of the original and classic designs to how the logo currently appears today.

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WHAT IS WONDER WOMAN'S ORIGINAL LOGO?

Golden Age Wonder Woman

Created shortly before the United States' entry into World War II, much of Wonder Woman's costume design was patriotically inspired by artist and co-creator Harry G. Peter. In addition to the predominantly red, white, and blue color scheme, complete with star-spangled shorts, the superhero was given a golden American eagle emblazoned across her outfit's chest.

This heightened patriotic take on Wonder Woman's original costume would remain for much of the superhero's appearances throughout the Golden Age of Comic Books, including her membership in the Justice Society of America during World War II. While there were modifications to the costume throughout the Silver Age of Comic Books, the logo itself remained largely unchanged for the character's first three decades.

WHAT WAS WONDER WOMAN'S EAGLE LOGO?

By the early 1970s, Wonder Woman had updated her classic look after ending a period where she predominantly wore white jumpsuits rather than rely on her mythological gear. To reflect the times and rise of ubiquitously corporate logos, the golden American eagle logo was replaced by one bearing Wonder Woman's superhero initials.

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With each golden letter stacked on top of the other forming a sharp point at the top of the costume's torso, the ends of each letter have a subtle nod to the original eagle design by resembling wing tips. Later incarnations of the monogrammed logo would mitigate this association by having the ends of the initials cut off sharply with a more rigid overall design. The monogrammed logo would become standard for Wonder Woman for decades until the soft relaunch of the character following Infinite Crisis in 2006.

WHAT DOES WONDER WOMAN'S LOGO LOOK LIKE NOW?

Several years after Infinite Crisis, the eagle logo was restored and merged with the monogrammed logo under the rationale that the eagle represented Athena's own interest in birds while retaining Wonder Woman's iconic identity. Usage of the merged logo would initially be inconsistent as the character faced not one, but multiple reboots; one immediately predating Flashpoint while the other occurred after beginning with the dawn of the New 52 era and the return of the monogrammed logo.

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Towards the end of the New 52 era, the merged logo would return with the tip of monogrammed initials now a visible eagle head with a feathery tail at the base and the wing tips at the initials' ends restored. Sometimes depicted as silver and other times as gold, the merged logo would become standardized as gold following the design of Gal Gadot's scene-stealing debut as Wonder Woman in 2016's Batman v. Superman: Dawn of Justice and remains the official look of the character as she currently appears in comic books today.

With nearly 80 years of history behind her, Wonder Woman's design has changed over the subsequent decades to reflect the times. Originally serving as a patriotic figure at the dawn of the United States' entry in World War II, the superhero's logo has continued to evolve, balancing modern sensibilities with mythological inspiration. And with the character now a household name thanks to Gadot's portrayal of the character in the DC Extended Universe, there's no telling how the logo will continue to change for new generations of fans.

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