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A Cartoon & Comic Book Tour of #London No.32: Wonder Woman

By Lwblog @londonwalks

Daily Constitutional editor Adam continues his Cartoon & Comic Book Tour of London
You can catch up with all 30 previous stops at the Cartoon & Comic Book Tour of London blog here cartoonandcomicbooklondon.blogspot.co.uk.
A Cartoon & Comic Book Tour of #London No.32: Wonder Woman
If you are on older reader returning to comic books after a period away – which is my own back story, having rediscovered drawing through my daughter a couple of years ago – then you're in for a wild ride… unless you keep the following three words in mind at all times:
Rebirth, reboot, relaunch.
In the world of 21st century comic books it's back-to-the-drawing-board time-and-again with new artist/writer teams reimagining the famous names in superheroes on a regular basis. Back-stories are plundered and retooled; new-look costumes are drawn; fresh slants – social, political and personal – are found on the pantheon of characters.
Wonder Woman is no exception.
Which is why she turns up here on this blog.
These days Wonder Woman is a Londoner.
Keep an eye out for her on the Jubilee, Bakerloo or Northern lines out of Waterloo Station, she has a pad near Big Ben
A Cartoon & Comic Book Tour of #London No.32: Wonder Woman
It would seem that her 70 year career as a superhero has served her rather well, what with the cost of renting properties in central London ranging from £350 - £3,230 per week
Suffice to say that your average comic book creator is more likely to live in humble (and wonderful) Brockley than in a riverside penthouse.
But then, in a fictional world where the protagonists sit and have a chat atop The Gherkin
A Cartoon & Comic Book Tour of #London No.32: Wonder Woman
… even the price of London property seems reasonably realistic.
The first frame above is taken from Wonder Woman The New 52 by Brian Azzarello, Cliff Chiang & Tony Akins dating from 2011 in which the character's origins in Greek mythology are brought to the fore. It's a field of research that I've always been very fond of, and one that comes up as a theme when I lead my Sherlock Holmes tour for London Walks (more from Holmes on another day, in the meantime catch up with Daffy Duck's take ofthe great consulting 'tec HERE).
Before it all gets a bit high falutin', there's also a really splendid battle with Poseidon in the form of a sea monster in the Thames by Tower Bridge…
A Cartoon & Comic Book Tour of #London No.32: Wonder Woman That's London Bridge in the background of the first frame and some nice detailing of the Tower itself as well as Tower Bridge in the third. And the "Bong"? Well that's the chimes o' Big Ben carried on what must have been a particularly forceful west-to-southwesterly wind to ring out over the London traffic nearly three miles away.
(Here we go again! Tower Bridge and Big Ben will soon have to pay rent on this blog, appearing as often as they have done. See also posts on Scooby Doo & Disney & Marvel & The Fantastic Four & Über & Danger Mouse.)

A Cartoon & Comic Book Tour of #London No.32: Wonder Woman

The author of this blog, nonplussed at all the kissing in his comic book


The image featuring The Gherkin (above) is from Superman/Wonderwoman by Charles Soule and Tony S. Daniel (2013) – in which WW and the Man of Steel get all kissy-kissy, have tiffs and do all soppy stuff. Yuk.
By which I mean their characters and relationships are explored in a depth never before seen in mainstream superhero comics.
Nah, I was righty first time: they get all kissy-kissy. Yuk.
Despite the kissing (yuk), it is a fascinating take on the most traditionally squeaky-clean of superheroes. 
A Cartoon & Comic Book Tour of #London No.32: Wonder Woman

Long before she acquired her flat in Zone 1 (does she have to pay congestion charge on her invisible plane?) Wonder Woman visited London on a number of occasions. You should also check out the great fun Sensation Comics No.9 (you can buy a digital version HERE) in which Wonder Woman takes on Catwoman at the British Museum, where the latter is planning to steal the Golden Fleece…
A Cartoon & Comic Book Tour of #London No.32: Wonder Woman

(I visited The BM earlier in this series, in Panel No.15 on The League of Extraordinary Gentlemen.)
Going back further yet, Wonder Woman swung by the capital about 2000 years ago when she joined Queen Boudicca, the Iceni Queen, in fighting the Roman army. 


A Cartoon & Comic Book Tour of #London No.32: Wonder Woman


WW's intervention sent the guys with the funny brush helmets home to Rome about 400 years ahead of their time.
Of the locations above, I'll chose the Gherkin to add to my Cartoon and Comic Book Tour of London…
You can catch up with the earlier "stops" on the tour here…

A Cartoon and Comic Book Tour Of London Panels 1 - 30
Panel 1: Hogarth & Gin Lane – Bloomsbury
Panel 2: George Du Maurier – Hampstead
Panel 3: Private Eye – Soho
Panel 4: Scooby Doo – Wimbledon
Panel 5: Daffy Duck & Danger Mouse – Baker Street
Panel 6: Orbital Comics – Great Newport Street
Panel 7: Ongoing WWII comic series Über – Whitehall
Panel 8: Disney – Regent's Park
Panel 9: Sir David Low – Kensington
Panel 10: Ongoing fantasy comic The Wicked + The Divine – Brockley
Panel 11: Heath Robinson & the Cartoon Museum – Little Russell Street
Panel 12: The London Explorer & FoylesBookshop – Charing Cross Road
Panel 13: Deadpool & Spiderman – London Bridge
Panel 14: V For Vendetta – Old Bailey
Panel 15: The League of Extraordinary Gentlemen – The British Museum
Panel 16: Giles, The Beano & D.C Thomson – Fleet Street
Panel 17: Gosh! Comics & Soho
Panel 18: Pop & time travel fantasy Metroland – Greenwich
Panel 19: From Hell… Alan Moore & Eddie Campbell's Jack the Ripper classic – Spitalfields
Panel 20: Willie Rushton & William Hogarth – Chiswick & Mornington Crescent
Panel 21: The Vinyl Underground – Archway Road Bridge
Panel 22: The Fantastic Four – Big Ben
Panel 23: Rivers of London – Putney
Panel 24: Über – Big Ben
Panel 25: Danger Mouse - The Thames & The City
Panel 26: Henry Cole – Old Bond Street
Panel 27: The House of Illustration – King's Cross
Panel 28: Cry Havoc – Dalston
Panel 29: Mr Punch – The National Gallery
Panel 30: M. Sasek – St Paul's Cathedral
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A Cartoon & Comic Book Tour of #London No.32: Wonder Woman
A Cartoon & Comic Book Tour of #London No.32: Wonder Woman
A Cartoon & Comic Book Tour of #London No.32: Wonder Woman
A Cartoon & Comic Book Tour of #London No.32: Wonder Woman
A Cartoon & Comic Book Tour of #London No.32: Wonder Woman
A Cartoon & Comic Book Tour of #London No.32: Wonder Woman
A Cartoon & Comic Book Tour of #London No.32: Wonder Woman
A Cartoon & Comic Book Tour of #London No.32: Wonder Woman
A Cartoon & Comic Book Tour of #London No.32: Wonder Woman
A Cartoon & Comic Book Tour of #London No.32: Wonder Woman

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