Why Aren’t They Drawing Wonder Woman? J.H. Williams III

Every now and again, we look at a great artist who I think would be fantastic on Wonder Woman.

Today, J.H. Williams III!!

J.H. Williams III is, in a word, epic.  He does the craziest things with comics, and it always turns out awesomely.  It’s no accident that he is so often sought out by the best writers in the business… Williams is always able to do whatever the writer wants.  Illustrate someone travelling through the metaphysical wonders of the Kabbalah-like Tree of Life for Alan Moore?  Not a problem.  Combine the styles of seven different artists for the finale to Seven Soldiers of Victory for Grant Morrison?  No big deal.  Introduce the new, lesbian Batwoman and her battles against the evil worshippers of the Crime Bible for Greg Rucka?  Easy peasy.  J.H. Williams III kills it every time, and has a pile of awards that attest to his skills.

Williams hasn’t drawn Wonder Woman very often, but he recently did a cover for DC’s 75th anniversary, recreating H.G. Peter’s Wonder Woman #1 from 1942, that is pretty freaking great:

Although he hasn’t gotten to draw Wonder Woman much, Williams did thirty-two issues of Promethea, Alan Moore’s wonderfully bizarre take off of Wonder Woman.  When decked out in her heroic garb, Promethea bears somewhat of a resemblance to the Amazing Amazon:

Williams is impressively versatile, often combining standard pencil and ink drawings with other styles.  This is a page from Detective Comics, shown here before the colours were digitally added to the panels.  Williams drew and inked all the panels in the normal fashion, but also painted a watercolour image of Kate Kane right on the page:


The most innovative aspect of Williams’ work is his use of panels.  His work is rarely ever in the ballpark of your common, six panel grid.  Lately, Williams has been fond of elaborate two page spreads that allow him to tell the story in a dynamic and eye-catching way.  Look at this layout for an issue of Batwoman (seriously, click on it and give it a closer look… it’s AWESOME).  Note the sweet ink wash in the main panel first off, but also dig how he creates a page that is altogether gorgeous to look at:

With a writer willing to really go to town with a crazy, epic story, J.H. Williams III would do an amazing job of capturing Wonder Woman.  You can check out his website for more of his art, and definitely go buy his books… you’ll stare at them for ages.

Published by Tim Hanley

Tim Hanley is a comic book historian and the author of Wonder Woman Unbound, Investigating Lois Lane, The Many Lives of Catwoman, and Betty and Veronica: The Leading Ladies of Riverdale.

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