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Wonder Woman 75th Anniversary Celebrations: Gal Gadot WW Movie Statues…

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We have a love/hate relationship with DC Collectables here in Precinct1313, love because they make, absolutely, phenomenally astonishing collectables of awesome, and hate because, we’re always so damned broke through needing to buy every last one of them… sigh.

With that said, feast you eyes on these stunningly realised statues centred around Gal Gadot’s 2017 Wonder Woman movie (my wallet is currently crying soft tears of joy and pain!)

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I… Need… This… Right NOW!

By the hooves of the mighty Minotaur, this is without a doubt my favourite of the three statues available, Princess Diana, majestic upon her mighty steed, cutting a swathe through her many foe. Beautifully sculpted, this 1/6 scale figure is lovingly carved by James Marsano and stands an astonishing 17.5 inches in height. Available in May 2017.

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Glorious Gal Gadot’s likeness is wonderfully perceived in this exquisite effigy sculpted once again by the talented James Marsano. The ‘Wonder Woman Training Outfit’ statue stands an impressive 12.5 inches in height and will also be available to buy in May 2017.

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DC Collectables last sensational statue depicts the dynamic duo of Diana and her lifelong cicerone, friend, and love interest Steve Trevor. Steve Trevor is to be portrayed in the 2017 dated WW movie by actor Chris Pine (Star Trek) and once again the likeness is astonishing. Standing poised and ready for battle, the statue stands at 13.5 inches in height.

The Wonder Woman celebrations continue my Amazon loving affiliates, just form an orderly line down on the golden shores of Themyscira for our next foray into 75 years of the Awesome Amazon.

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Comic Cover Of The Week: Wonder Woman Rebirth #6

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Welcome my comic collecting cohorts to another instalment of ‘Comic Cover Of The Week’  and this week’s wonderfully wrought cover is brought to you by the fantabulous Frank Cho.

Wonder Woman Rebirth has been a rather wondrous soft reboot of DC Comics’ premier Superheroine. After nearly 75 years in print, Diana’s history has become rather convoluted, in comparison to her Trinity stablemates – Batman & Superman, the amazing Amazon’s past has been, at times, in conflict with itself. Is she the daughter of Zeus? or was she formed of clay and brought to life by a pantheon of Greek gods? These questions and many more have been asked by the fans over the last seven and a half decades of her virtual existence.

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Her byzantine history is finally being definitively addressed through DC’s ‘Rebirth’  a soft reboot of their entire universe of characters, that will finally provide an answer to those many questions posed by her faithful fans.

The Rebirth series is split into two alternating titles, written by the groundbreaking Greg Rucka, with rotational art duties performed by nifty Nicola Scott and luminous Liam Sharp. Wonder Woman Rebirth expertly focuses on two halves of her life, her ongoing adventures during the modern era and her ‘Year One’ origin story.

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Wonder Woman #6 finds the awesome Amazon encountering the world outside her paradise home of Themyscira for the first time, alongside her cicerone, Steve Trevor. Unable to understand the language or customs of these outsiders, Diana’s day becomes increasingly embroiled in mishap and misunderstanding.

Wonder Woman Rebirth #6 is available at your local comic-book emporium right now.

Legendary Amazons: Caught On Camera…

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Wonder Woman & Colonel Steve Trevor, Circa: Early 20th Century

Wonder Woman’s solo cinematic debut is still well over a year away from theatrical release, but we can console ourselves with these recent set pictures of Gal Gadot’s Princess Diana and her sister Amazons on the Paradise Island of Themyscira.

The pictures were taken during filming in Italy, in the Basilicata region, primarily Lucania. These territories include many ancient locations including the city of Mattera, where the 1959 Charlton Heston led “Ben Hur” was filmed. These southern Italian areas are perfect for the depiction of the tranquil idyll that is Themyscira Island.

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The highly anticipated 2017 movie recently transferred shooting to Italy after a long period filming its turn of the century World War One sequences in the UK. A large majority of the film will chart the amazing Amazon’s experiences in dealing with the once forbidden outside world, during the great war of 1914. It is during this time that she will first meet future love interest, Colonel Steve Trevor (Chris Pine) who will be introduced in an iconic scene ripped straight from comic book lore as he crash lands on the secret island of Themyscira.

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Old & New: classic meeting from the 40’s and the 2017 retelling with Gal Gadot & Chris Pine

This paradigmatic meeting between the Themysciran Princess and the American service man has been told and retold many times throughout Wonder Woman’s almost 75 years of existence, in comic book, animated and live action forms with the latter performed by the lovely Lynda Carter and her co-star Lyle Waggoner in the seventies and early eighties Wonder Woman television series. This event was also the catalyst for Diana becoming Wonder Woman and leaving the ancient Island to travel to the outside world for the first time as the Amazon’s herald.

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Wonder Woman (Lynda Carter) and Steve Trevor (Lyle Waggoner) From The Classic 70’s and 80’s TV  Series.

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Queen Hippolyta, Artemis and the Amazons confront downed pilot, Steve Trevor in the (highly recommended) 2009 animated origin story.

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Amazons Attack! General Antiope (Robin Wright) and her sister Amazons confront a group of WW1 soldiers in another scene from the 2017 movie

Wonder Woman is due to be released theatrically in June, 2017. Directed by Patty Jenkins, and starring Gal Gadot, Chris Pine, Connie Nielsen, Robin Wright, Danny Huston, David Thewliss, Ewen Bremner, Elena Anaya, Lucy Davis, Said Taghmaoui and Lisa Kongsli.

Paradise Found?

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The Paradise Island Of Themyscira

The waves gently lap at the golden shores of the paradise island known as Themyscira, this idyllic setting is the ancient home of the Amazons, a race of immortal warrior women created by the Greek Gods of Olympus over three thousand years ago. Hidden from the outside world, the Amazons lived on Themyscira untouched by society for millennia, perfecting their skills as warriors and artisans.

Warner Brothers are readying their team to begin production on the 2017 film “Wonder Woman” and news surfaced today of the possible location of the Amazons’ secret island of Themyscira. Basilicata is a region in the south of Italy, set amongst the beautiful mountainous area of the Apennines. During Greek and Roman ages it was known as Lucania, named after the ancient Greek tribes of the region, and is now looking like it will also double as the utopian isle of the fabled Amazons.

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The film is initially being produced under the name Nightingale, a possible reference to the character Seiji Kato, an Earth 2 assassin who made her first appearance in Wonder Woman #317 in 1984. Starring Gal Gadot as the titular heroine and actor Chris Pine as Steve Trevor, the film is being directed by Patty Jenkins, written by Jason Fuchs and filmed by Hoyte Van Hoytema, director of photography on productions such as Interstellar and The Fighter.

Stay tuned for more news on the exciting development of Diana’s first big screen outing, fellow fans of the amazing Amazon.

Wonder Woman, Themyscira, Steve Trevor and Seiji Kato are copyright: DC Comics.

Classic Wonder Woman: Wonder Woman (Vol 2) #72

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Welcome back my Amazon loving affiliates to Classic Wonder Woman, Precinct1313’s weekly comic cover countdown to the 75th anniversary of Themyscira’s favourite daughter. The Amazon archives this week present you with: Wonder Woman (vol 2) #72, Written by; William Messner-Loebs, Cover by; Brian Bolland, with Interior art by; Lee Moder and Ande Parks. Released in March 1993.

The titanic tale secreted behind this weeks astounding cover is titled “The Song Of Creation.”  The issue begins with Diana recounting the origin of the Amazon race to her human friends after a mysterious year long absence. Diana is concerned that whilst she has been away nothing has been heard of her home of Themyscira or her sister Amazons. Upon discovering that the Amazon Embassy has been mysteriously abandoned, Diana travels to Themyscira to find Steve Trevor’s plane resting on the ocean surface just outside the cloud barrier that hides her paradise home from the outside world, but when Diana flies through the barrier she finds… nothing, the island and her Amazon sisters have disappeared!

Brian Bolland's iconic run on WW covers in the 90's is still revered by fans today.

Brian Bolland’s iconic run on WW covers in the 90’s is still revered by fans today.

This is actually my favourite WW cover of all time, I am a massive fan of the cover artist Brian Bolland and actually have two copies of every WW cover he has ever produced (one for the collection, one for framing.) This cover is lauded by fans, and was so popular that DC produced a statue based upon Bolland’s iconic illustration.

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Join us again next week for another classic WW cover, my adroit Amazonian associates!

Classic Wonder Woman: Wonder Woman #313

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Hola” fellow Wonder Woman fans, and welcome back once more to Precinct1313’s weekly comic-cover countdown to the 75th anniversary of the amazing Amazon. This week we present you with; Wonder Woman #313. Written by Dan Mishkin, with cover and interior art by Don Heck, Dick Giordano and Ed Hannigan. Released in March 1984.

The terrific tale secreted behind this classic cover is titled, The Animal Within, and recounts Diana’s search for Colonel Steve Trevor’s missing colleague Major Keith Griggs, who is believed to have been kidnapped in South America. Things take a turn for the bizarre however when the awesome Amazon discovers that Griggs has been turned into a man-beast servant of one of Diana’s most powerful adversaries, Witch Goddess… Circe!

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Circe was created by Robert Kanigher and Harry Peter in 1949, and made her first appearance in Wonder Woman #37. The original take on the Greek Witch portrayed her as a centuries old sorceress, who gained her immortality from a rare elixir known as Vitae. A stunningly beautiful Goddess who delights in turning her adversaries into animals (much like her mythological forebear) This original version of Circe was eventually banished by Hippolyta to the island planet of Sorca, for her continuing crimes against humanity.

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Her second introduction into the DC universe first appeared in 1988, this post-crisis (Crisis On Infinite Earths was a maxi-series reboot of the DC Universe) version of Circe was re-envisioned by the legendary artist George Perez. Retaining some of her former history, Circe’s background was revamped and revised.

Circe is the daughter of Greek Titans Hyperion and Perseis, a powerful Witch and Princess of the isle of Colchis. Beautiful and deadly, this purple haired temptress still enjoys turning her foes into animals that befit their personality (known as Beastiamorphs) She has worshipped the Goddess of magic and witchcraft Hecate for millennia, up until Hecate eventually transferred her soul into Circe, her most devoted follower, after the Gods of Olympus turned their back on her. Which enabled Circe to attain her current status as an immensely powerful Witch-Goddess.

Join us again next week for another classic WW cover, my astounding Amazonian associates!

Classic Wonder Woman: Wonder Woman #300

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Welcome back friends to another instalment of, Classic Wonder Woman, Precinct1313’s weekly comic cover countdown to the 75th anniversary of Diana of Themyscira. This week we delve into the Amazon archives to bring you; Wonder Woman #300, written by Roy Thomas and Dan Thomas, with cover and interior art by various artists includingEd Hannigan, Dick Giordano, Gene Colan, Keith Giffen and Ross Andru. Released in February 1983.

This special anniversary issue sports a wraparound cover that depicts scenes from adventures past and present, and a cavalcade of heroes and villains. Behind this issues amazingly detailed cover lies the tale “Beautiful Dreamer, Death Unto Thee…”

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This titanic tale recounts Diana’s struggle against a shadowy monster who equals her in power, and torments the amazing Amazon at every turn. She encounters the hero known as the Sandman ( Dr. Garrett Sanford version) who tells Diana it is an escaped nightmare, that is the personification of her fears. The story encompasses a huge cast of supporting characters including, Power Girl, The Justice League, Teen Titans, Lois Lane and, the Earth-Two variant of Wonder Woman.

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Sharing the same origin as her alternate dimensional counterpart, Diana of Earth-Two originally was created when DC Comics retconned the original Wonder Woman stories by her creator William Moulton Marston. DC created a Multiverse that consisted of many parallel worlds co-existing on alternate dimensional planes, contained within each universe were differing variants of their classic heroes and villains. The Multiverse was created as an explanation as to why the (non immortal) Superheroes and villains could have been active throughout the decades and yet seem not to age.

"Fury" - Lyta Trevor, daughter of Earth-2 Wonder Woman and Steve Trevor

“Fury” – Lyta Trevor, daughter of Earth-2 Wonder Woman and Steve Trevor

The Earth-2 variants of DC’s classic characters are older and wiser than their fledgling Earth-One counterparts, this version of Wonder Woman is semi-retired and married to General Steve Trevor, with a daughter named Lyta. Lyta Trevor is also known by her alter ego of “Fury” (named after the Furies of Greek mythology) with the same powers as her mother, she is one of the founding members of Infinity Inc, the Earth-2 version of The Teen Titans.

Join us again next week for another classic WW cover, my admirable Amazonian associates!

Comic Cover Of The Week: Wonder Woman ’77

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This week’s outstanding cover heads back to the halcyon days when the amazing Amazon looked a lot like actress, Lynda Carter. That’s right friends, this fantastic comic cover celebrates the glorious 70’s television series that introduced Wonder Woman to a whole new medium, and pushed her popularity to even greater heights.

Join Diana Prince and her alter ego, Wonder Woman as she and government agent, Steve Trevor fight against Cold-war era criminal masterminds. A search for an escaped Soviet scientist brings Wonder Woman to the hottest disco in town, Studio-52, where she clashes with the Russian Roller Derby Girls, who are determined to take the scientist back with them to the USSR.

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Both covers feature an astounding likeness of 70’s Wonder Woman, Lynda Carter

This 80 page spectacular is available at your local comic book emporium right now. Written by: Marc Andreyko. Cover art by: Nicola Scott. Variant cover by: Phil Jimenez. Interior art by: Matt Haley and Drew Johnson.

Classic Wonder Woman: Wonder Woman #1

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Continuing our weekly comic-cover countdown to the amazing Amazon’s 75th anniversary, with the first full length comic-book devoted solely to Wonder Woman, released in June of 1942. 64 pages in length and containing four separate stories, The Origin Of  Wonder Woman, Wonder Woman Goes To The Circus, Wonder Woman Versus The Prison Spy Ring and The Greatest Feat Of Daring In Human History.

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Written by her creator William Moulton Marston (under his oft used pen-name: Charles Moulton) and pencilled and inked by Harry G. Peter, this issue not only gives us Wonder Woman’s original origin story but also introduces us to her extended cast of family and friends including, Queen Hippolyta, Steve Trevor, Etta Candy and Greek Gods, Aphrodite, Athena, Ares and Hermes.

Estimated price for a near mint copy of Diana’s first ever solo comic is around £35,000 (about $53,000), so I will not be adding one to my extensive WW collection anytime soon! Join us for another classic WW cover in a weeks time my avid amazonian associates.