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Drew Johnson Wonder Woman designs

This piece was written by Greg in anticipation of his run on Wonder Woman in 2003.

With DC’s permission, here are some of the designs that Drew Johnson created in preparation for our Wonder Woman run, beginning in August with issue 195. Please bear in mind that these are designs, and are reproduced here to give folks some insight into the process of character creation, as well as to give a taste of what’s to come:

Art by Drew Johnson

Art by Drew Johnson

This was the first design pass at the character of Doctor Leslie Anderson, the “Anderson” in CAP (Cale-Anderson Pharmaceutical).

Art by Drew Johnson

Art by Drew Johnson

Art by Drew Johnson

Art by Drew Johnson

First design pass at the the key players at the Themysciran Embassy. Note the relative heights.

Art by Drew Johnson

Art by Drew Johnson

Ferdinand. Not gonna say a whole lot more about him yet, though he’s clearly one of Drew’s and my favorites.

Art by Drew Johnson

Art by Drew Johnson

This was the first pass at Cale, the “Cale” in CAP (Cale-Anderson Pharmaceutical). While I thought it was a good piece, I also felt it was too iconically “villain,” and this was ultimately rejected in place of…

Art by Drew Johnson

Art by Drew Johnson

…this version, which has a more subtle, and I think, complex, iconography.

Art by Drew Johnson

Art by Drew Johnson

This was the first pass at Io, and a lot of the elements we wanted for the characters are here, but not all of them. Drew did a great job of capturing strength and size here, I think.

Art by Drew Johnson

Art by Drew Johnson

Working with characters like Diana, the concerns are pretty tight, and there are rules. Drew had to go back to this one a couple of times before DC Editorial would approve the piece for promotion.

Art by Drew Johnson

Art by Drew Johnson

This is the piece that DC did up for convention promotion; if you hit any of the shows where DC will be in attendance this year, you’ll see this piece on the booth wall. Note how the various designs come together in this piece, as well as some of the more subtle changes to character and costume.