The First Sketch of Wonder Woman Ever is For Sale

Art Wonder Woman by Joey Paur

It's rare thing to come across a first sketch of a popular superhero, but here we have H.G. Peter's first sketch for William Marston's (then) new female superhero Wonder Woman. The drawing is up for auction, and it gives us a glimpse at the history of one of the most iconic female superheroes ever created.

The writing on the art are comments from both Peter and Marston about the design which was created in 1941. Peter's note says:

Dear Dr. Marston, I slapped these two out in a hurry. The eagle is tough to handle – when in perspective or in profile, he doesn’t show up clearly — the shoes look like a stenographer’s. I think the idea might be incorporated as a sort of Roman contraption. -Peter

This is Marston's feedback:

Dear Pete – I think the gal with hand up is very cute. I like her skirt, legs, hair. Bracelets okay + boots. These probably will work out. See other suggestions enclosed. No on these + stripes – red + white. With eagle’s wings above or below breasts as per enclosed? Leave it to you. Don’t we have to put a red stripe around her waist as belt? I thought Gaines wanted it – don’t remember. Circlet will have to go higher – more like crown – see suggestions enclosed. See you Wednesday morning – WMM.

Wonder Woman made her debut in December 1942's All Star Comics #8, and the initial design isn't too far off from the final costume — I included an image from the comic below. The piece is being auctioned on Comic Link and the price is undisclosed. You can find more information about it on their website.

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