Why is there only one Wonder Woman title? Superman’s been in Action Comics (1938) and Superman (1941) since the 40s. Batman has been in Detective Comics (1937) and Batman (1940) for about as long.
Wonder Woman started off in All Star Comics #8 (1941) and well… there you go.
Look at this, though! Superman has had (at different times):
Action Comics, Superman, Superboy, Supergirl, Superman’s Pal Jimmy Olson, Superman’s Girlfriend Lois Lane, Steel…
Batman isn’t a slouch either, spreading his titles out over:
Detective Comics, Batman, Robin, Nightwing, Azrael, Batgirl
This is ignoring things like Batman/Superman, World’s Finest (which starred them), The “Family” titles (Superman Family and Batman Family which kinda merged a bunch of the side books) and other books which are considered part of the lines (Birds of Prey is a Batman Family title but really it is its own book and stands on its own, for example much like how you can consider Legion of Super-heroes a Superman book except when it isn’t.)
Woman Woman has… Wonder Woman.
But it isn’t like the sidekicks and spin-off characters get the same treatment, right? Looking at the current Teen Titans (and by current I mean pre-Sept here) you have this core group of Robin, Superboy, Kid Flash and Wonder Girl. Of those four big name characters guess which one has never had a solo ongoing book. Go on, guess.
And I gotta ask why. It isn’t because comics with female leads don’t sell (and I’ll deal with that bit of conventional wisdom later this week). I just don’t get it. It isn’t like Wonder Woman doesn’t ever sell. She does and she has. And frankly, even when Batman and Superman titles are in the dumps they always have at least two core titles out there. Wonder Woman gets one.
Now, yes, those of you who knows the character are going to say “Well, we blame Donna Troy for this” and I get that. The character is a mistake of continuity (no, really, the original Wonder Girl was a mistake by Bob Haney. Long story. Brian Cronin explains it better.) that has since warped everything near her. But it isn’t good enough. There’s the current Wonder Girl. There are a host of other amazons. There’s a lot to be done.
Personally I want to see a group of people both powered and non-powered, made up of at least 95% women (though men should not be excluded) who have banded together to do the right thing, inspired by Wonder Woman. All Wonder Comics, something like that.
But a team. The Newsboy Legion for the 21st Century (without, you know, that name). A group dedicated to freedom and justice, inspired by Wonder Woman and promoting her message around the globe. Fighting crime, solving mysteries, kicking ass and taking names and so on. I actually really like this idea. But it is just one idea.
Wonder Girl should have a series. Wonder Woman should have a second. Maybe one can be a political type book, like Rucka’s great run and the other can be more wall-to-wall action. Maybe one is her solo book and the other is her with a team of Amazons. Or a Wonder Woman team-up book, her with different characters every month. Like Brave and the Bold, but Brave the Bracelets, ya know? There are options, is what I’m saying.
Don’t tell me Wonder Woman can’t support more than one book, if Superman can. The characters are as complex and have as many sides as writers can give them and find. And if it’s done well, and supported by the company, then it can sell. Wonder Woman is a huge icon. Everyone knows her.
And yet she sits there, supposedly a member of DC’s “trinity” with one book.
How has that always been the status quo and never been fixed?