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Did you know that Wonder Women’s spinning transformation was invented in the 1975 TV series, not the comics?
Today’s topic comes to us from OogiesShock, who requested a FOTD from the shows of his or her youth, Wonder Woman being one them. This is a good opportunity to remind everyone that there is a Google Doc set up for requests of FOTD topics. It’s just another way for me to keep in touch with you, my loving and adoring audience.....LOVE AND ADORE ME!
Well with that said, lets move onto the topic. First off, we go back to our old stomping ground, the Wiki Of Truth If Truth Can Be Changed At Any Given Moment.
One change, which was later to become synonymous with the show, was the transformation of Diana Prince into Wonder Woman by spinning. During the filming of the pilot, producers were trying to figure out a way to show how Diana Prince became Wonder Woman, when Carter suggested that she do a spin. The spinning transformation was later incorporated into the comics and into animated appearances such as Justice League Unlimited (prior to the Carter series, the transformation was depicted in the comics by way of Diana spinning her magic lasso around her body, with the lasso changing her clothes, or by simply changing at super speed).
The website Warped Factor did a retrospective on the show and one of the things discussed was the transformation sequence.
One aspect that originated here in the TV show and has gone on to become synonymous with the character, was the spinning transformation of Diana Prince into Wonder Woman. Prior to this the transformation was depicted in the comics by way of Diana spinning her magic lasso around her body, with the lasso changing her clothes, or she would simply change at super speed. When it came to filming the pilot producers were looking for a more successful way to depict this change on screen, and it was Lynda Carter herself who suggested that she do a spin. This transformation was later incorporated into the comics and into some of Wonder Woman’s animated appearances, such as Justice League Unlimited.
I was curious to see what the comics had done for her transformation and so after some Googleing I found a blog entry from 2010 on a blog called Straitened Circumstances called “The Evolution Of The Costume Change.”
I won’t go through the whole entry but i recommend reading it because it covers a lot. For example this is a panel from Wonder Woman #8 from tjhe 1940s where she just changes clothes like any normal person would.
Fast forward to 1974 we have mod pant suit Wondey using the lasso Of Truth to be the Lasso Of Costume Change.
Today we can see the influences the 70s series had on comic artists. Here is a panel from Allan Heniebrg’s relaunch which shows her using the spin to transform.
For those who are curious, I found this video of all the Season 1 Straitened Citransformations, courtesty of YouTuber olsolino.
I have to imagine that we will see some callback to the spin transformation with Gal Gadot in the upcoming BvS. I can’t imagine that Zack Snyder won’t include it in the movie but I guess we’ll have to wait for the movie to come out to see. For now, I will call it a week. I hope you all have a wonderful weekend and I will see you on Monday with another Fact Of The Day.
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10.Carter, Lynda. The New Original Wonder Woman commentary