When Lynda Carter’s Diana Prince transformed into Wonder Woman, the flash of light changed colors from red to white to blue

When I watched Lynda Carter’s Wonder Woman on TV every week as a young child in the 1970s, our family’s TV was black and white, so I had no idea that when Diana Prince transformed into Wonder Woman, the flash of light changed colors from red to white to blue.

The show ran for three seasons. The first season took place during World War II, just like in the comic book. In the early episodes, there was no flash of light during the transformation.  The flash of light was eventually added during the middle of season one in order to try to prevent viewers from noticing any inconsistencies in the background during the “before” and “after.”

In order to save money on expensive World War II set pieces, the show was moved to the then present 1970s at the beginning of season two. In order to keep Lyle Waggoner on the show, the Steve Trevor character of the 1940s was replaced with Steve Trevor Jr. in the 1970s, who knew everything about Wonder Woman from having listened to stories that had been told to him by his father.

Plot summaries can be read here. The show is available on DVD. My personal favorite season is three, where a huge number of the plots were campy science fiction stories.

Anyway, here’s every instance of Diana Prince transforming into Wonder Woman from the show:

Season one:

https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=Z-O2etMo_Yw

Season two:

https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=4RzfLXzebs4

Season three:

https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=1Ecux9dlr-I

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June 2, 2017. Tags: , , , , , , , , . Comic books, Television. Leave a comment.

Here’s the Archie Comics cover art with Betty Cooper holding a gun that was announced but later canceled

Earlier this year, the official Archie Comics website posted this cover artwork for the upcoming Betty and Veronica Comics Double Digest 253:

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However, when the title eventually got released, the cover had this other artwork instead:

(Image posted under fair use. Source:  http://archiecomics.com/firstlooks5-17-17/ )




The fact that the first cover says “comics double digest” while the second one says “summer annual” does not mean that these are different titles.  The official title is “Betty and Veronica Comics Double Digest.” The words “summer annual” simply indicate that this issue has a few dozen extra pages in it – it’s still the same title. So I’m not getting one title confused with another.

Anyway, it’s sad that the powers that be canceled the release of the cover artwork with Betty Cooper holding a gun.

May 15, 2017. Tags: , , , , , , . Art and sculpture, Comic books, Guns. Leave a comment.