Thursday, December 28, 2017

The New, Original Wonder Woman PART ONE

Finally! Our review of The New, Original Wonder Woman is here!--sort of. Actually, PART ONE of our review is here. Also, there's no review. Hey, where are you going?

The truth is our recording was over four hours long! NO, we didn't plan it that way. Usually we block out two hours for recording. But when you have three die-hard Wonder Woman fans - Ray Caspio, Paul K. Bisson, and Special Guest Andy Mangelsdiscussing a 75 minute movie that holds such an important place in our hearts - and yours - well, we just had to talk about more than just the movie.

And we did. A lot more. But instead of cutting a lot of that discussion out, we decided to keep most of it in and break the podcast into two parts. But don’t let that discourage you from listening… Part One is fun! There's lots of origin and backstory, and we’ve even got a few surprises along the way. So, sit back, grab a snack, and enjoy the podcast while following along with our show notes: 

0:00:00 - INTRODUCTION FROM PAUL K. BISSON

Paul opens the show with a special introduction detailing why he split the podcast into two parts.

0:01:10 - NEWSREEL 2017 / SATIN TIGHTS THEME

A special Satin Tights version of the "Newsreel" that precedes The New, Original Wonder Woman main titles.

In this dark winter of 2017 the onslaught of superhero podcasts continues with little focus on the Wonder Woman television series.
Their overblown cache of dark crusaders overshadow this colorful program.
While iFanboy, Geek and Sundry, and the Nerdist grasp for their place, one podcast rises above the din!
Ray Caspio and Paul K. Bisson gather the allies in defense as these other hosts plunder across the Internet.
Fan-kind is being threatened by these monotonous villains…
"The only hope for a brighter podcast is..."

0:02:33 - DISCUSSING PAST DOWNLOAD NUMBERS

Thank you for listening! We're very happy that our "Who's Afraid of Diana Prince / Cathy Lee Crosby Wonder Woman" podcast has been downloaded over 1000 times (and climbing!). Want to know more about Ray and Paul, check out our first podcast, "Getting To Know You." Our second podcast is a bonus "IRAC FILES" podcast, Part 2 of a crossover with the hosts of other Wonder Woman podcasts (Warrior for Peace, Radio-Free Themyscira, and Diana Prince Wonder Woman) discussing the first Gal Gadot movie!

Analytics graph of Satin Tights podcast downloads through December 2017

0:03:25 - SOME GUY NAMED ANDY MANGELS

Paul recalls his introduction to Andy Mangels when he discovered Amazing Heroes #106 (November 1986) - a comic book hobbyist magazine published by Fantagraphics Books from 1981 to 1992. This issue featured several comprehensive articles on Wonder Woman including "The Noblest Amazon," a preview of George Perez' Wonder Woman by Heidi McDonald; "The Wonder Years," a retrospective of Wonder Woman's first 45 years in comics by Carol A. Strickland; and three articles by Andy Mangels focusing on the Lynda Carter TV series: a TV series retrospective titled, "You're A Wonder, Wonder Woman," and interviews with "Steve Trevor" actor Lyle Waggoner and the man who wrote "The New, Original Wonder Woman," Stanley Ralph Ross.

Cover page and table of contents of Amazing Heroes #106 (1986)

Heidi MacDonald's extensive Amazing Heroes preview of George Perez's new Wonder Woman (1986)

Carol A. Strickland's Amazing Heroes retrospective on the first 45 years of Wonder Woman in comics (1986)

Excerpt #1 of Andy's Amazing Heroes Wonder Woman TV series retrospective (1986)

Excerpt #2 of Andy's Amazing Heroes Wonder Woman TV series retrospective (1986)

Excerpt #1 of Andy's Amazing Heroes interview with Lyle Waggoner (1986)

Excerpt #2 of Andy's Amazing Heroes interview with Lyle Waggoner (1986)

Excerpt #1 of Andy's Amazing Heroes interview with Stanley Ralph Ross (1986)

Excerpt #2 of Andy's Amazing Heroes interview with Stanley Ralph Ross (1986)


0:07:30 - WONDER WOMAN '77 MEETS THE BIONIC WOMAN

Before Andy Mangels joins the podcast, Paul talks about his most recent project for Dynamite and DC Comics; the six-issue mini-series bringing two 1970s' icons together for the very first time: Princess Diana and Jaime Sommers in Wonder Woman '77 Meets The Bionic Woman, illustrated by Judit Tondora, colors by Roland Pilcz, letters by Tom Orzechowski, Lois Athena Buhalis, and Kathryn S. Renta. And it's now collected in Trade Paperback! Here's a collage featuring all the prime and variant covers by the medium's top talents, including Cat Staggs, Alex RossAaron LoprestiGlen HansonBill SienkiewiczPhil JimenezNicola ScottMichael AdamsMike McKoneBen CaldwellJim BalentAndrew PepoyJ.Bone, and Dan Parent:

Collage of all the Wonder Woman '77 Meets The Bionic Woman covers

Paul as an IADC agent in Wonder Woman '77 Meets The Bionic Woman  


0:08:00 - ANDY MANGELS JOINS THE PODCAST!

From Andy's website...
Andy Mangels is the USA Today best-selling author and co-author of over twenty fiction and nonfiction books — including Star Trek, Roswell, Iron Man and Star Wars tomes — and is an award-winning comic book anthology editor. As a pop culture historian, he has also contributed to international magazines and newspapers, and has scripted, directed, and produced over forty DVD documentaries and Special Features projects. In 2012, he was awarded the prestigious Inkpot Award for Achievement in the Comic Arts at Comic-Con International. Read more at his website!

Andy Mangels (2017)


0:08:20 - ANDY TALKS ABOUT RAY'S ART SUBMISSION FOR "WOMEN OF WONDER DAY" (formerly "WONDER WOMAN DAY")

Ray Caspio illustrated this piece showing Wonder Woman from the episode, "Skateboard Wiz" (an episode Ray hates!), colored by Ray's husband, artist, Kevenn T. Smith.

Wonder Woman from the episode, "Skateboard Wiz" by Ray Caspio and Kevenn T. Smith (2007)


0:10:00 - WONDER WOMAN #212

Andy recalls his first Wonder Woman sighting in promotional ads Palisades Amusement Parks. He also talks about watching the Superfriends on Saturday morning TV, and the first time he saw Lynda Carter as the character. His very first Wonder Woman comic was Wonder Woman #212 - a story that kicked off the Amazing Amazon's 12 trials miniseries.

Promotional ad for Palisades Amusement Parks featuring Superman, Batman, and Wonder Woman (circa 1960s)

Saturday morning SuperFriends title card (1970s) 

Lynda Carter title card from the Wonder Woman TV movie (1975)

Cover to Wonder Woman #212 (March 7, 1974)


Now collected in Trade Paperback: Wonder Woman: The Twelve Labors:

Wonder Woman: The Twelve Labors Trade Paperback (2012)


0:16:25 - MARCIA'S RETURN?

Paul shares how Andy will be a regular contributor to Satin Tights. through his treasure trove of behind-the-scenes materials, including some producer notes on what would have been Marcia's return! 

Would Marcia aka Agent M have returned to plague Wonder Woman again?

0:17:30 - PROMO BREAK: Chris Cooling and Forgotten TV


Forgotten TV Podcast hosted by Chris Cooling

0:18:10 - THE ORIGIN OF THE NEW, ORIGINAL WONDER WOMAN AND THIRD TIME'S THE CHARM FOR STANLEY RALPH ROSS

Paul concludes his story about Stanley Ralph Ross' involvement with 1967's Who's Afraid of Diana Prince and his brush with the 1974 Cathy Lee Crosby movie, which ultimately led him to write The New, Original Wonder Woman starring Lynda Carter.


JUMP TO 25:50
For even more, check out Amazing Heroes #106

0:20:00 BETTER YET, GET LYLE WAGGONER!




0:21:05 JOANNA CASSIDY AS WONDER WOMAN?




0:21:35 - PAUL'S FAVORITE WONDER WOMAN PHOTO SHOOT




0:22:50 - LYNDA CARTER


0:24:45 - CHARLES FOX AND THE MUSIC OF WONDER WOMAN















0:27:22 - ANDY COMPARES THE WONDER WOMAN THEME TO JOHN WILLIAMS' "SUPERMAN" AND NEAL HEFTI'S "BATMAN"


0:29:40 - PHILL NORMAN AND CHARLES McKIMSON

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0:36:10 PROMO BREAK: JOHN S. DREW AND THE BATCAVE PODCAST


0:37:15 - THE LOST WONDER WOMAN ANIMATION


0:48:25 - WONDER WOMAN WIDESCREEN HD VS. FULL FRAME SD





0:49:50 - IN YOUR SATIN TIGHTS!

Paul notes that Donfeld's costume design was true to the comic. His original sketches were on display at Comic Con 2016 in San Diego and New York. You can see more, including sketches for Diana's first appearance on the beach, at The Beat and Birth. Movies. Death.

Donfeld sketch of the season one costume. Note the 'Queen's Quarters' designation.
Image from The Beat's Comic Con 2016 review. See more here.














0:50:50 - THE WONDER WOMAN SHOOTING SCRIPT



0:55:30 - THE CAST

JOHN RANDOLPH, 1915 - 2004





RED BUTTONS, 1919 - 2006





STELLA STEVENS, 1938