|Star Weekly, September 15, 1968.|
By 1968, Wonder Woman was long overdue for a major revamp. Over the decades since her introduction in 1941, the edginess that marked her early years (especially the kinkiness slipped in by creator William Moulton Marston) had been watered down. Her rogues gallery was nothing to write home about, from boring baddies like Angle Man to the bizarre, not-at-all-racist Egg Fu. An attempt to revive the character's 1940s look had faltered. Her dowdy alter-ego, military secretary Diana Prince, just wouldn't do in a Vietnam world.
Cue makeover. Writer Denny O'Neil and artist Mike Sekowsky shook up Wonder Woman's world with a series of changes that transformed her from a star-spangled heroine into an Emma Peel-inspired protagonist:
- Dumped the costume in favour of mod clothing, which evolved into various white-coloured outfits by the early 1970s
- Killed off useless love interest Steve Trevor, replacing him with a blind Asian mentor named I Ching
- Ditched the superpowers, forcing Diana to rely on her athleticism and wits
- Sent the Amazons into another dimension
- Dropped her from the Justice League of America, where she was replaced by Black Canary
The launch of the makeover in late summer 1968 prompted Star Weekly beauty columnist Keitha McLean to discuss the changes to the iconic superheroine.
|Cover of Wonder Woman #178, October 1968. Art by Mike Sekowsky and Dick Giordano.|