Welcome to Comic Book Legends Revealed! This is the six hundred and fourth week where we examine comic book legends
and whether they are true or false. This week, it’s all Superman-related legends!
COMIC LEGEND: There was almost a one-shot comic where Superman and Wonder Woman had a one-night stand.
...It wasn’t even ALLUDED to in the comics until the late 1960s, when
Lois Lane first started to think, “Hey, maybe Superman and Wonder Woman
are meant for each other?”
It was then teased in a couple of other comics, including a “DC
Comics Presents” issue where Eros made them fall in love with each
However, by far the most prominent pairing of the two (before the New
52) was soon after the characters were both rebooted following Crisis,
when they met for the “first” time in “Action Comics” #600 and, well,
this happened (courtesy of John Byrne and George Perez)…
It then became a team-up where they fought against Darkseid because, hey, it’s comics, you have to have a fight scene!
Anyhow, while that was the take that John Byrne came up with, George
Perez had other ideas. In 1990, when he was still writing the “Wonder
Woman” comic book series, he discussed the idea in the Amateur Press
Association fanzine “TitanTalk”. Here is Perez…
Also on my Wonder Woman agenda is a one-shot prestige
format book tentatively titled “Rendezvous”, and it is a romance story
with Diana and Superman to be edited by Karen. It will, at last, really
deal with the physical relationship between these two popular
characters. In other words, they do it. Due to the nature of the
story, I will probably be using the Gods as a means of allowing the
reader his or her option to regard or disregard this tale as part of DC
continuity. I have no intention of treating this story sensationally,
but there are definitely some mature themes I’ll wish to explore.
Recently, at this year’s Dragoncon, during a Wonder Woman panel,
Perez restated that he had started on plans for a one-shot graphic novel
along those lines, but it didn’t end up materializing. At the Dragoncon
panel, Perez seemed to insinuate that it might have been because his
view was that Wonder Woman was going to be a bit underwhelmed,
considering that she was expecting practically a god and he noted that
DC was a bit wary about making Superman look bad.
I’m sure people would be glad to see an out-of-continuity version of that, George!