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We’ve had Batman, Superman and a host of lesser DC heroes featured here at SP Central, but Wonder Woman hasn’t really gotten her due, shelf porn-wise, … until today.

Today we’re featuring the extensive WW collection of Elizabeth Reeves, a self-described Princess Diana fangirl who has got quite the collection to prove it. And how. Click on the link to see the evidence for yourself and let Reeves take you on a guided tour …

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I was born to love comic books. With a last name like Reeves, how could I not?? (“Like George Reeves, the original Superman. No. No, not Christopher. Nooo, that Superman’s last name was Reeve. No, he did *not* have an ‘s’ at the end of his last name.” Do you know how many times I’ve had that conversation? Do you know how nice it is to have an audience who understands what I’m talking about?!) My older cousin, Ryan, and I used to play Superman as kids; however, I didn’t enjoy playing Lois Lane to his Man of Steel. I received my first Wonder Woman outfit when I was four- I’ve been the living embodiment of the character ever since.

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Wonder Woman is not just my hobby; she is a part of me (and my wardrobe!) The Supergirl hoodie was a gift I bought my little sister (pictured above in her Supergirl costume). She rarely wore it, so I stole it. ;)

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My favorite part of the clothing is the Wonder Woman and Batman onesies, purchased in case I produce my own little fangirl or boy someday.

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This is the gallery section of my collection — generally all the larger, more expensive pieces. It sits in my living room next to the TV so that I can stare at its glory.

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There are not enough words n the English language to describe the beauty of the Wonder Woman Museum Statue. Real leather, real metal… mmmmm! I also think the Ame-Comi series is amazing. If I could, I’d own every single one produced. Next on my list, however, is Cheetah.

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This shelf is Wonder Woman paired up with her boys. I carried the ‘Wonder Woman vs. Superman’ in my lap, all the way from Chicago to Columbus — including a plane ride and two hour car trip — for fear that it would break. The craftsmanship and balance on that piece is amazing!!

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The MEGO Wonder Woman was a great (cheap!) find at Wizard World Chicago. I love my #21 Ricky Rudd NASCAR car for a number of reasons, including 21 being my birthdate and my being a NASCAR fan. It doesn’t show in the picture, but the dolls are standing on two handmade Wonder Woman coasters I bought at an arts festival. Also pictured are my DC/Vertigo movies; yes, I’m missing a lot, but the book is *always* better than the movie!

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My gorgeous Michael Turner WW and two Perez pieces. I’m a DC girl through and through and I adore the DC Trinity of Wonder Woman, Superman, and Batman. I love the Alex Ross fleece blanket (and it has the villains on the other side!)

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Wonder Woman in the media, coasters, Batman beer coozy, The Gotham Times from the TDK ARG. I’m sure most of you out there own the Playboy magazine. ;)

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My purse, which is now missing buttons due to overuse. These are *not* flair, people. They are buttons.

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The heart and soul of my collection.

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That was my actual license plate a few years back. I plan to renew them someday.

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I’m particularly fond of miniatures – MiniMates, Pocket Super Heroes, LEGO pieces, HeroClix, etc.

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I don’t collect with the intent to profit, so whether or not I take my figures out of the package depends on 1. how much space I currently have available and 2. how cool the packaging is. Some toys just look better in the box; others are so detailed that keeping them in the packaging does them no justice. I would like to add the SDCC Wonder Twins to my collection; best packaging *ever*!!! The Amazonia costume is my favorite of all the WW costumes. As an Ohio State Buckeye, I also hold a special place in my heart for the scarlet and grey ‘Red Son’ version. I enjoy collecting unique pieces and am blessed that my friends and family are always on the look-out. I can’t remember the last gift-giving holiday that didn’t include at least one Wonder Woman item.

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Barbie as Wonder Woman (three different versions) and my favorite piece, a mini (and well functioning!) Wonder Woman bobblehead.

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While Wonder Woman is the cynosure of my collection, I’ve grown to love Donna Troy. Of course, after Infinite Crisis, I also had to add Harbinger so that the ladies could share the Universe Orb. :) I want more villains in the collection- there’s an Ares action figure out there that I’ve seen on eBay a few times. Oh, and there are a few Artemis action figures out there I’d love to get my hands on.

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The Lynda Carter postcard was sent to me by my little sister when she lived in Switzerland so that I would have an ‘international’ collection. The Wonder Woman at the front right of the photo (who actually belongs on the side of a very old Burger King cup) was the very first Wonder Woman item I ever owned.

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The lead figure (with magazine) in the back makes me laugh; the sticker on the bag talks about how it is made of lead and that one should not consume it. That’s right- I literally have a killer Wonder Woman collection!

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I didn’t start reading comic books regularly until I was 13. I bought a copy of Grant Morrison’s “Kill Your Boyfriend,” along with “Tank Girl: The Odyssey.” Obviously, my choices were slightly less than age appropriate (who the heck let me buy those!?!?!) My mother confiscated my books when she found them hiding in my backpack; needless to say, one always wants what she can’t have – my passion for comic books was born. It may have also left me a little screwed up. ;) I love Wonder Woman because she is a diplomat. Her first instinct is not to fight, but to talk. She is strong, rational, emotional, and intelligent, but still has a beautiful, innocent naivete and sensitivity to her. She truly is the perfect woman.

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Here are my trade paperbacks. I’m in the process of buying all my singles in trades so that I can carry them with me. Wonder Woman books make up the top shelf, as well as DC history books. Authors outside the DC Universe chronology are on the next shelf (though as I’m looking I’m wondering who has the rest of the ‘Lucifer’ series…??). The bottom shelf is DCU stuff and some Batman, which I’ve tried to keep in chronological order; ‘Identity Crisis’ being at the end obviously screws up that logic. This part of my collection may be small, but the books are read often. It is ever growing and often lent out to others. I rarely read outside DC/Vertigo. I mainly focus on Wonder Woman and any of the big events within the DC canon

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Not pictured (since it wasn’t part of my WW collection specifically) is my Gotham City LEGO collection. As in, the *entire* collection (minus a few vehicles). It took over the entire dining room.

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My desk. Look closely and you’ll also notice Bigby and Snow from ‘Fables’ (anyone want to send me the Shere-Kahn//Rose Red to go along with it?), plus my Disney Princesses. I may have a thing for princesses in general. ;)

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A beautiful sketch my friend Aaron drew for me.

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Done by Christopher Brown, aka the Etch-a-Sketch Man

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The madness spreads throughout the house and into the kitchen….

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There are stacks of comic books scattered throughout my house. I’m only beginning to build up my TPB collection; I throughly enjoy going into The Laughing Ogre (my favorite shop) to grab my pull and talk comics with my friends. I used to prefer the single issues, but as I travel more, TPBs are becoming more convenient. I definitely prefer staying ‘on top of my game’ and knowing exactly what’s going on in the DCU at any given moment, so I’m still trying to find a balance. I didn’t bother taking pictures of all the stacks because let’s face it, stacks of long boxes, bags, and boards just look like stacks of long boxes, bags, and boards. :)

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My army of Wonder Women.

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My Gil Kane tattoo; got her in November of 2000; my ultimate goal is to have a full back plate with DC superheroines on my right side and their corresponding villainesses on the left.

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The nerdiest ‘tramp stamp’ ever. ;) I also want DC logos through the years down my spine. No offense, but beat *that*, fanboys!! ;D

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Me in my Wonder Woman costume

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My homemade Donna Troy costume; best application of a former Homecoming dress *ever*! I even hand-sculpted the necklace and belt buckle. Will Pfeifer of ‘Catwoman’ fame asked if he could take a picture of me and his book. How could I say no?? :) Another fan is Dan DiDio. I was at convention in Chicago and from the second I walked through the doors, DC representatives were coming up to me telling me that I *had* to be seen by Mr. DiDio. Eventually, I was led to him and subsequently served as his Vanna White during the DC Nation panel. That may be the highlight of my fangirl life. Thanks for letting me share my obsession. To be perfectly honest, *I* didn’t even realize I had this much stuff until I took the pictures for this article. :) It’s nice to have a forum where people may actually appreciate my passion.

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Very impressive collection!

Awesome!!

Good for you, beautiful lady…. It’s fun seeing you enjoy this obsession so much!

WOW!Nice effect on donna troy costume.

This collection is awesome! She totally needs to get the Tonner Wonder Woman character figures though. They are so gorgeous!

Nice collection. Great con story at the end of the piece too.

Bruce D. Spruce

August 20, 2009 at 3:44 am

Not really shelf porn, as much lifestyle porn. Great collection … A.

Not that I needed any convincing she was a fan, but I loved the fact she noted it was a Gil Kane tattoo.

I can’t believe this all started over a Halloween costume….I remember it like it was yesterday, or when I discovered that you had gotten your 1st tattoo.. I believe that it would only be fitting if you got married in a Wonder Women outfit ( jk). Great job Bethie..

P.S. For anyone out there how reads this…she can spot Wonder Women stuff in a heart beat…me on the otherhand has a hard time finding stuff to add to her collection….(but i have helped over the years).

Beth got props from her mom… Lol!!!

I just have to say, the Lower back tattoo ( Referred to as a tramp stamp, I hate that word though ) is so damn perfectly done, it looks really nice, and your collection is absolutely amazing. You truly are a big fan.

Hola Elizabeth

me encanto tu coleccion de WW! Yo tambien soy fanatico de la princesa amazona, pero no tengo un tesoro de coleccion como el tuyo. Vivo en Mexico, N.L. me gustaria recibir correos tuyos.

Te mando un abrazo!

Mario

LOved your collection Elizabeth. I wonder if I could meet you someday. I think you are gorgeous and would like to compare collections. nytallguy5@aol.com

Larry

Hi Elizabeth,

maybe you have the biggest WW Collection but it seems that I have a sculpture that you don´t have.
http://home.arcor.de/schokmok/Bilder-Comic/WONDEW-K.JPG

This is one of my first statue – and the best !!

best wishes for you

Lars

Hi, this is Beth, the owner of the swag. ;)

Thanks, all, for your kind comments. I like the suggestions for additions many of you had; most of the gallery pieces have all been very generous gifts from family. As a college student, my money is now spent on books and classes. Just to clarify, I’m being facetious when I refer to my tattoo as a ‘tramp stamp.’ And, sorry fellas, but I am very happily engaged to a fellow collector. In fact, I think he may be itching to send in his collection, now. :D It’s a bit more… twisted… than mine. Our house is a museum of comic books, truly, and it was our mutual love for comics and action-figure collecting that helped bring us together.

Heck, yeah, my mom commented- Mom’s my real life Wonder Woman and superheroine!

If you ever see me at conventions, please say hi!

y, tambien…

Hola, Mario! Mi español esta un pedacito oxidado, por favor tan perdon me. Gracias por sus palabras buenas. No puedo dar hacia fuera mi correos, sino que vuelvo el abrazo con mucho amor! Gracias otra vez, corazon!

Ooohh, one more little side note-
I found the DC Universe Artemis chase piece last night at Wally World! Ask, the the universe delivers! :D That’s my first Artemis!

You are fantastic!!!! I love Wonder Woman and your collection!!!!!!!

Really enjoyed looking at your collection – its obvious it gives you a lot of pleasure :o)

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