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Place your bets now: Will Wonder Woman hit its 45th issue, or its 600th?

DC Nation

DC Nation

Just as Marvel has returned several of its long-running titles — Captain America, Thor and Incredible Hulk, among the more recent — to their original numbering, DC Comics is contemplating the same approach with at least one series.

In this week’s “DC Nation” column, DC Comics Executive Editor Dan DiDio opens the door to the possibility that Wonder Woman, one of the company’s most consistently published titles, could mark its 600th issue in June 2010 (rather than No. 45 under the current system). Debuting in 1942, Wonder Woman was relaunched in 1987 and again in 2006, each time with a new No. 1 issue.

“In case you didn’t know, there is a group of Wonder Woman fans who feel that her ongoing series needs the numbering that would be reflective of her time and stature in the industry,” DiDio writes. “After all, both Superman and Batman are closing in on issue 700, and Wonder Woman, being an integral part of our trinity, should be right up there with them. … Not a bad argument. These fans felt so strongly about this, they even started a mail-in postcard campaign to plead their case.”

He offers the counter-argument that the current numbering — Issue 36 comes out later this month — “is more inviting to the casual fan who might want to come in and sample a series without feeling like the story is weighed down by over 65 years of history.”

Of course, by tinkering with the numbers, DC creates aggravation for those collectors who meticulously catalog and store their comics. (Yes, they’re still out there.) Worse still, perhaps, is the appearance of DC following Marvel’s lead, again.

I don’t care either way. But for those who want Wonder Woman to mark that 600th-issue anniversary next summer, DiDio issues a challenge: “600 postcards for a 600th issue. (And please no multiple mailings; they will be counted as one.)”

Odds are that it’s going to happen. After all, DC kicks off its yearlong 75th-anniversary celebration in January. With Superman and Batman both hitting the big 7-0-0 in 2010, and with possible movement on the decade-in-development Wonder Woman movie, the publisher’s unlikely to pass up a similar milestone for the Amazon princess.




Guess what, Dan;

1) I think the very nature of a “casual reader” would be someone who doesn’t pay close attention to the issue number or stop to think “hm, I’d buy this Wonder Woman comic, but I’m concerned that it will be ‘weighed down by over 65 years of history.'”

2) If the “casual reader” who buys Wonder Woman actually existed, it probably wouldn’t have been relaunched two years ago in the first place.

3) This whole relaunch/renumber scam is pathetic, anyway. Why not just have twenty-four “first issues” in a row, then publish issue #25 before relaunching again, every month, until issue #50, etc.? I’m sure the “casual reader” would LOVE that, right?

Finally, saying that readers will decide the issue by whether or not they send me enough postcards has to be the ultimate in CYA (cover your a–). Dude, you’re an Executive Editor; aren’t you paid to MAKE decisions, not dodge them?

This calls to mind the “U-Decide” stunt. And we all know that was a great success, wasn’t it…

I would expect best case scenario for avid Wonder Woman fanatics (?) is for a dual numbered #45/600 shout out on the cover, in the same fashion as Adventure Comics #1. Then it would continue it’s regularly scheduled numbering up to a double sized #50.

At least if DC does this it will genuinely be the 600th Wonder Woman comic. And I have no issues with using a postcard campaign to make the decision. What would probably be best is what they did with Adventure Comics, and what Marvel did with the Heroes Reborn titles for awhile: Double numbers.

Anyway, both companies are guilty of head-scratching renumbering but Marvel’s has been just terrible lately. Thor should really be hovering around #520, but Marvel decided to count the 82 non-Thor issues of Journey Into Mystery. Amazing Spider-Man had to go tri-monthly to get to #600 so quickly. And Incredible Hulk 600 came out of nowhere while no title with that name is actually being published. All the while the Fantastic Four, a book that started FIRST and that I’m pretty sure has been continuously published, is still in the 570s. It makes no logical sense.

To me it seems like Marvel isn’t satisfied with outselling DC, they also want to appear to be just as established and venerable. Not to mention that anniversary issues are a clear sales grab.

I hope they don’t renumber it. I prefer to keep the different volumes of Wonder Woman separate.

no one will ever care about Wonder Woman.

I am always amazed that people care about stuff like this.

No one will ever care about Casper’s friend, Wendy.

If they need 600 postcards to renumber the book to #600, would it conversely require only one postcard to reboot the series to #1 again?

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