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Sugar, spice and everything nice: Ben Caldwell’s manga Wonder Woman pitch

Wonder Woman by Ben Caldwell

Wonder Woman by Ben Caldwell

Last summer Ben Caldwell’s Wonder Woman strip was featured in the now legendary Wednesday Comics, and now the writer/artist is pitching DC another story featuring Diana Prince … this time as a manga character. You can check out some of his art here and here, and he explains the idea in the comments section of that second post:

right now this is just (part of) a proposal. i have no idea if DC will go for it or not — someone else tried a WW manga pitch a few years back, and while it was obviously very different from mine, i don’t know how comfortable DC is with any superhero comic that is not in a more conventional style/format. i mean, unless it’s paul pope or frank miller or someone, you know, famous.

but we shall see!

If you go backwards in time on his blog, you can find a lot of other Wonder Woman artwork, as well as a post about a Batman idea he had. Or you can head over to Pimpernel’s Blog, who has collected several of the pieces in one convenient post.

Also, the other Wonder Woman manga pitch he mentioned was by Tintin Pantoja, though it looks like she took her pitch down from her website.

(Thanks Simon!)



Mark Kardwell

July 8, 2010 at 12:08 pm

Ben’s work is always gorgeous, and I’d love to see DC commission his ideas.

Like his art, but his WW strip was unreadable. If DC will go for his pitch I hope they give him a good scripter.

I will find Dan DiDio and I will molest him if a Ben Caldwell pitch is turned down.

They turned down Darwyn Cooke and J. Bone’s Wonder Woman pitch, so don’t get your hopes up.

Bill Grabarkewitz

July 8, 2010 at 1:23 pm

Guess DC wasn’t interested in killing the franchise. Amazed DiDio made a smart move for once.

A 12-issue all-ages WW book by those two talented creators would kill the franchise? I guess we’ll have to agree to disagree.

I would think that something like this would be pitched as a self-contained, out of continuity project. I’m not sure how that would kill the Wonder Woman franchise any more than something like Batman Beyond or JLA: The Nail killed their respective franchises. If anything, given how out of canon stories like “The Dark Knight Returns” and “Kingdom Come” served to redefine Superman and Batman it’s kind of odd that DC doesn’t seem as open to alternate takes on their other characters. Particularly so with characters like Wonder Woman or Aquaman who are re-invented with each new creative team anyways. If their “in universe” history/storyline hasn’t imploded due to constant reworking at this point, it can’t be so fragile that a side project would implode the whole thing.

But hey, maybe Rob Liefeld could get Caldwell or Cooke or someone else who’s made a WW pitch to rework it into a Glory revival. Sure, the likelihood of it finishing is just as chancy but I’d think the odds of at least getting an issue or two out there is slightly higher.

I would read the hell out of this. Go Ben, go.

His Wednesday Comics strip had great promise, but i felt he crammed too much into the one page he had every week (making it indeed a tough read). But i’d like to see more of his Wonder Woman in a less restrictive format.

Thanks, Bill G. You made my morning!
I would love to read a Ben Caldwell Wonder Woman comic! She’s one of DC’s biggest characters and yet she only ever has one book. I wish there were multiple takes on most of their characters — but that’s probably because I want to see different creators taking on different characters.

Darwyn and I had plans to make Wonder Woman accessible to new readers — meaning a younger, female audience. Which, yes, would most likely have killed the franchise. :)


I would mos def be buying this book if it came about!
It looks was nifty and WW NEEDS a second book! :)

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