Wonder Woman has been the fantasy girlfriend of many youths growing up in the ’70s, myself included…but…before the lovely Lynda Carter graced the TV screens as Diana Prince/Wonder Woman, there was another…sorry Lynda 😉
Before the Wonder Woman TV Show, there was Oh Mighty Isis, starring the equally lovely Joanna Cameron as Andrea Thomas/Isis.
The lovely Joanna passed away of a stroke in 2021, may you rest in peace lovely lady.
Here’s my humble tribute to her. Her TV show suffered the same ill as its contemporaries (Shazam!, Spiderman with Nicholas Hammond, The Incredible Hulk, Wonder Woman, and the ill-fated Captain America pilot): low budget and lack of supervillains featured in the comic books…it also suffered (in my opinion) from preachy plotlines (same with Shazam!). Regardless, 11-year-old me had quite the crush on her 😉
Wonderbat, what’s that you ask? Those who watched the Justice League/Justice League Unlimited animated series will no doubt know the reference
I’m not sure whether Bruce Timm or Paul Dini claim the credit for the mutual attraction Bruce and Diana felt for each other in the context of the animated series, but I for one, loved it; and based on the above fan art, I wasn’t the only one! It got me into writing fanfics, and since I can’t draw, I got into Daz. I started inserting illustrations into the written fanfics (that was before I rediscovered ComicLife and went full graphic novel mode). My illustrations of Diana/Wonder Woman went through various phases:
Left and Center is my original prototype, using the Victoria 8 figure, with the X-Superfashion suit (which includes a harness and lasso but no belt). It’s meant for Genesis 3 figures, but fortunately, it can be made to fit Genesis 8 figures. The gold belt is a freebie I either found on Renderosity or ShareCG (I forget which). I’ve found Victoria to be too tall and lanky to portray Wonder Woman, and a recast was looming…
A few days ago, I pulled the trigger on the XF Olympian Warrior outfit, which was like, 60% off…not realizing that it was intended for Genesis 9 figures…nope, it won’t fit my Genesis 8 girls…now I did have a few Genesis 9 figures (I always take advantage of sales 😉 ), in this case, Moraine 9. I also invested in a Genesis Pose converter (from 3 or 8 to 9), which was 50% off when I bought it, and allows me to use my current Genesis 8 pose library and convert them to Genesis 9. So far so good, right?
Well…not only do the Genesis 9 figures use an entirely different “skeleton”, but they are also much shorter than their predecessors! So getting that particular Wonder Woman prototype to interact with my current Genesis 8 library of characters is frustrating, to say the least! I did a few tests, first trying to scale down the Genesis 8 figure to match Moraine’s height, and then upscaling her to match the Genesis 8 counterpart. Method 2 gets me 90% there, but the Genesis 9 figure still required fine-tuning to be a perfect fit when using interacting figures…a bit too much fuss for my own tastes; thank God I didn’t pay that much for the Olympian Warrior suit and the pose converter!
So, back to the old drawing board. Wonder Woman, or rather, Princess Diana is Queen Hippolyta and Zeus’ daughter (according to some sources anyway), so I thought that a Macedonian figure would fit the bill, thus, the last prototype at the far right features Olympia 8 as Diana/Wonder Woman; suit almost entirely made of freebies (Deviant Arts, Renderosity, ShareCG, etc), the harness and lasso were borrowed from the X-Superfashion suit. I like them all…but Olympia gets my vote for now (less lanky and compatible with the rest of my saved characters). I just wish there was a way to fit Genesis 9 clothing to Genesis 8 figures!