Friday, April 14, 2006

You're a wonder, Wonder Woman

Today's Comic Art Friday is dedicated to my good friend Donna, who's celebrating her (muffled) birthday today in the Land of Large Lobster. You go, girl!

Since Donna has always reminded me of the mighty Princess Diana, better known as Wonder Woman (not only do they have similar first names, but they share a certain physical resemblance too — both are tall, sturdily constructed brunettes), I thought a few selections from my WW pinup gallery would serve as an appropriate tribute.

First up, a sleek convention sketch by the whimsically named Casey Jones. (Yes, I'm sure he's endured enough "ridin' in the cabin" jokes to last a lifetime.) Casey's clean, light, animation-influenced penciling style brings a fresh look to our favorite Amazon.

Next up, this striking ink portrait by Wellington Diaz. I love the detail in this one, especially the Greek columns in the background. Diaz captures Diana's essential strength in his bold lines.

I don't collect much color art, but when I saw Dan Veesenmeyer's classic pinup with Diana in her early Silver Age costume, I just had to add it to my collection.

As anyone who knows me well could tell you, I'm terrible at remembering numbers, and dates are no exception to that rule. The only reason I can remember Donna's birthday each year is because it falls on the day the RMS Titanic hit that ill-placed iceberg in the North Atlantic. Unlike that famous ship, however, Donna has time and again proven herself unsinkable. If you cross paths with her today, bid her a fond birthday greeting.


4 insisted on sticking two cents in:

Anonymous Donna offered these pearls of wisdom...

Many, many thanks for dedicating today's Comic Art Friday to yours truly. I'm honored and speechless! I also owe thanks to the creator of Wonder Woman and to Linda Carter who played her; both of whom you have said I bear a resemblance. Without them, today's post wouldn't exist.

Another highlight in history on this date is the assassination of President Lincoln @ Ford's Theater in Washington by John Wilkes Booth. Note, that Lincoln was shot on this date, but died the following morning; similar to the fate of the R.M.S. Titanic which struck the iceberg shortly before midnight on April 14, 1912.

Now, Uncle Swan, can you tell me and the rest of your loyal readers which play the Lincolns were attending on that fatefull evening?

4:58 PM  
Blogger SwanShadow offered these pearls of wisdom...

Any Jeopardy! maven worth his championship stripes could answer that one, my dear: Our American Cousin, by the otherwise undistinguished dramatist Tom Taylor.

Many people suppose that John Wilkes Booth, Lincoln's assassin and a noted stage actor at the time, was in the cast of Our American Cousin on the night of the crime. He was not. He was able to gain access to the theater, however, because he was well-known to the proprietors of Ford's Theater and even received his mail there.

I'm glad you enjoyed the tribute. Happy birthday, mi amiga!

5:25 PM  
Anonymous Dan offered these pearls of wisdom...

I am currently searching her closets and storage areas for these outfits. She has not worn them for a while now but they must be around here somewhere! If I could only get my hands on that darn golden lasso, then maybe we could get the truth out of our kids rather than the usual NOT ME! Hmmmm... Or, maybe she has the outfits on and they are just covered up... I wlll have to check on that possibility later. Thanks for the tribute to my wife.
Now Uncle Swan, if you hadn't already figured out just who the 'Dan' is that haunts your blog with comments now and then, you should now!

5:01 PM  
Blogger Agent Orange offered these pearls of wisdom...

everyone loves Wonder Woman!

1:08 PM  

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