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Jill Thompson in Chicago Tribune

posted Jul 1, 2017, 3:16 AM by Vu Nguyen

WONDER WOMAN #62 (Feb 1992)
DC Comics

Chicagoan Jill Thompson has been a longtime artist for DC Comics and is one of the first women to make a name in this once-male-dominated industry. She has also been one of the artists behind “Wonder Woman” comics. (Phil Velasquez/Chicago Tribune)

She found herself as the artist to DC writer/artist George Perez, whose take on Wonder Woman in the late 1980s would set much of the tone and mythology associated with the character since. He approached Wonder Woman as a sort of utopian feminist-warrior ideal. He underlined her connection with the gods, and provided depth to her island paradise of Themyscira. Nevertheless, though Thompson was hired by DC editor Karen Berger, Wonder Woman comics at the time were still written and drawn entirely by men.

"I remember people telling me then how important it was for a woman to draw a monthly book," she said, "but I also remember, the first time I spoke on the phone with George, my body blushed I was so nervous — I remember that I sweated right through my shirt."

Thompson, who had grown up as a devoted comics reader — and who at 50 now says she never seriously considered doing anything but drawing comic books for a living — revered major-league names like Perez. She just wasn't much of a Wonder Woman fan.

Not at first.

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