With Wonder Woman 1984 set to hit theaters (and streaming in some countries) on Christmas Day, I had the pleasure of writing an article for Polygon on the state of Wonder Woman in the 1980s. The issue that would’ve been available in comics shops in December 1984 was Wonder Woman #323, and coincidentally it featured several folks we’re about to see in the movie: Wonder Woman, of course, but also Steve Trevor and the Cheetah! So I used that issue as a jumping off point to discuss where the book was as a whole.
In short, it was a continuity mess. Four decades of stories, along with a rotating series of creators with big new takes for the flailing title over the course of the 1970s and 1980s, had made things nigh incomprehensible. Check out the article to see all the details, but suffice it to say Wonder Woman was a poster child for why DC decided to clean up it’s continuity in 1985 with Crisis on Infinite Earths.
But good news was on the horizon, with George Pérez stepping in to reboot the series in 1987 and start a new era of creative excellence for the Amazing Amazon. The Pérez era would go down as a classic run, and inspire future Wonder Woman stories for generations to come, including Wonder Woman 1984!
Put on your fanny pack and parachute pants and head on over to Polygon to read all about Wonder Woman in the 1980s!