Designs For New, Never Before Seen Wonder Woman Characters By Cliff Chiang

New York Comic Con’s “DCE: From Concept to Page” panel featured a lot of great concept art and designs by Wonder Woman’s Cliff Chiang and Tony Akins.  You can go check out designs for characters we’ve seen already, like Poseidon and Hades, but they also revealed some of Chiang’s new designs for characters who haven’t appeared in the book yet!!

First up is Dionysus, the god of wine:

Chiang’s clearly got a fox thing going here, and was probably inspired by Thracian mystery cults that worshipped Dionysus.  They called him Bassareus, which means “the fox-god”, and wore fox skins at their bacchanals as they worshipped the god of wine by basically drinking like fiends and throwing an orgy.  Anyway, it’s a cool, sort of obscure angle to take with Dionysus, which is really fun.

Next up is Sirocca, the villainess in Wonder Woman #14.  We saw her on the cover, but here’s another look:

As I said when I posted the solicit for the issue, I couldn’t find anything about Sirocca.  But here are my musings:

There was a Sirocco during Busiek’s Superman run a few years ago, and he was an Iranian superhero.  Sirocco is also a super strong wind that comes from the Sahara up into the Mediterranean.  It can reach hurricane speeds, and causes dust storms in North Africa and storms in the Mediterranean.  Maybe Sirocca is some sort of physical embodiment of that wind?  Wonder Woman was in a desert in October’s cover, and it’s still sandy here [on the cover of Wonder Woman #14], so the Sahara is a possible setting.

That’s all I’ve got for that.  Cool design, though!!

And finally, what we’ve all been waiting for, Orion!!  There’s this more classic look:

And this updated take on the character:

Here’s one last cool look at the latter version:

I prefer the second one (it’s kind of got a Speed Racer vibe… the movie version me and like three other people loved, not the cartoon), but if the cover of Wonder Woman #15 is any indication, they seem to be going with the classic look for the helmet.  We’ll find out in a few issues what the rest of him looks like.

You can head on over to DC’s image recap of the panel and see all sorts of other cool Wonder Woman designs and artwork, including scripts, early layouts, pencils, and inks.  There’s a lot of fun stuff to look through!!

Man, now I want to watch Speed Racer.

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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