H. G. Peter - Original Illustration of Wonder Woman (ca.
This is, quite frankly, an incredible piece of comics
history. Recently acquired from the estate of H. G. Peter, Wonder
Woman's original artist, these are his first sketches of the Amazon
Princess. The figures are done in what appear to be pencil, ink,
and crayon and show Wonder Woman from the side and from the front.
To the right of the figures, in pencil, Peter has written to Dr.
William Moulton Marston, Wonder Woman's creator, "Dear Dr. Marston,
I slapped these two out in a hurry. The eagle is tough to handle -
when in perspective or in profile, he doesn't show up clearly --
the shoes look like a stenographer's. I think the idea might be
incorporated as a sort of Roman contraption. Peter". In red pencil,
below the figures, Marston responds, "Dear Pete - I think the gal
with hand up is very cute. I like her skirt, legs, hair. Bracelets
okay + boots. These probably will work out. See other suggestions
enclosed. No on these + stripes - red + white. With eagle's wings
above or below breasts as per enclosed? Leave it to you. Don't we
have to put a red stripe around her waist as belt? I thought Gaines
wanted it - don't remember. Circlet will have to go higher - more
like crown - see suggestions enclosed. See you Wednesday morning -
WMM." Measuring approximately 13" x 18.75" overall, the piece is in
excellent condition. It was obviously folded to fit in an envelope,
with a horizontal fold approximately 4.5" from the top and five
vertical fold lines. The profile figure stands approximately 8"
tall, while the front-facing figure is slightly larger at 9". The
historical importance of this piece cannot be overstated. This is a
rare insight into the creation of an iconic character, showing
clearly the creative process undertaken by two important comics
pioneers. A piece of this caliber is rarely offered for public
sale, especially one with such important historical qualities.
Obtained from the estate of H. G. Peter, included with this lot are
two other interesting items: a hand-drawn, hand-colored postcard
addressed to "Miss A. Fulton" and signed "H. G. Roth" (Peter's real
name), measuring approximately 6" x 4", and a sepia-toned portrait
of Peter holding a pipe, which measures approximately 5.5" x 5.5".
All in all, a fascinating collection of material from one of
comic's most important artists.
Peter, H. G.:. Comic Art
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