Comics Rack: The Superman-Wonder Woman lip-lockWritten by Jim Beard | | firstname.lastname@example.org
Maybe you’ve already seen the image: legendary crime fighters Superman and Wonder Woman in a super-wondrous lip-lock on the cover of the current Justice League No. 12. Seems that DC Comics’ new versions of the famous heroes have thrown caution to the wind and decided that they were made to be together, a situation the company describes as the “status quo” for the characters for the foreseeable future. Long-time comic fans know better, though, casting a jaundiced eye on such obvious marketing ploys — but, admittedly, it makes for good press.
“I don’t really understand all of the fuss,” notes Ed Katschke of Monarch Cards & Comics, putting it all in perspective. “Superman has been kissing Wonder Woman since the 1960s … maybe even further back, for all I know. Of course, it was usually part of a plot to make Lois Lane look like a fool or it was some other ruse designed to put the kibosh on one diabolical villain or another. Back in 1987, during the last major reboot of Wonder Woman, only a short time after Superman’s big 1980s reboot, writers George Perez and John Byrne concocted a story in Action Comics No. 600 where Wonder Woman and Superman engaged in a little bit of steamy make-out fun. As I recall, by the end of the issue they had decided that they came from two separate worlds and that any relationship between the two should probably remain strictly platonic. Superman headed back to mooning over Lois and Wonder Woman returned to her somewhat sexless existence. Poor Diana …”
Katschke’s favorite Superman-Wonder Woman fling appeared in 1985’s Superman Annual No. 11, written by comics’ own Rasputin, Alan Moore. In the story, super-friends Batman, Robin and Wonder Woman head to Superman’s Fortress of Solitude to spring a super-surprise birthday party on the Man of Steel.
“A battle ensues and after Superman wipes the floor of the Fortress with Mongul, the bad guy, Wonder Woman gives Superman his gift, a jeweled replica of the Bottle City of Kandor. Superman then leans over and gives her a relatively chaste kiss. She looks at him and asks, ‘Why don’t we do that more often?’ to which Superman replies, ‘I don’t know. Too predictable?’ And that, ladies and gentlemen, is what I believe to be the best last word on any prospective Superman-Wonder Woman hook-up.”