Diana’s Amazon Sister Nubia Featured On ‘1970s Variant’ Of Wonder Woman Issue #750

It’s a super cool wink & nod to fandom by DC Comics.

Paco Taylor
Jan 29 · 4 min read

A humongous tsunami of interest in Nubia, Wonder Woman’s formerly forgotten twin “sista,” came crashing down on the nerdiverse — quite unexpectedly — right after the blockbuster film Wonder Woman, starring Gal Gadot, hit movie theaters in the summer of 2017.

The somewhat obscure character’s first appearance was in the pages of Wonder Woman #204, published by DC Comics in February 1973. In a remixed and remastered Wonder Woman origin tale, Nubia would be fashioned out of dark clay by her mother Queen Hippolyta. Diana, her better-known twin, was fashioned from clay of a lighter hue.

Aside from her three-part origin story, though, Nubia would only make a few appearances in the comics.

Still, a 12-inch Nubia action doll, outfitted in armor with a Tyrian purple skirt (like in the comic), appeared on store shelves — and under Christmas trees — in 1977. But afterward, she’d live on mainly in the long boxes of vintage comic book collectors and on the shelves of old school toy aficionados.

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The modern wave of interest in Nubia was stirred up largely by the internet-breaking fan art of illustrators Marcus Williams and Mel Milton. Their drawings of the character, inspired by the success of the Wonder Woman film, quickly went viral, causing curiosity about Wonder Woman’s long lost sister to swell for a whole new generation.

Perhaps the most surprising newbie nerd to be swept up in Nubia’s 21st century fandom was comedian Tiffany Haddish (The Kitchen, Like A Boss). In an interview with IndieWire in 2018, the actress totally geeked out about the character and gushed about her desire to star in a superhero film as Diana’s little-known sister, opposite Wonder Woman star Gal Gadot.

Aside from her three-part origin story, though, Nubia would only make a few appearances in the comics.

In recognition of what the good folks at DC Comics very likely find to be a surprising level of adoration for a character they’ve never done much at all with, Nubia has been given the shared spotlight with her sister Diana on one of the many special variant covers created for Wonder Woman #750.

Following in the pulse-pounding path of Action Comics #1000 (2018) and Detective Comics #1000 (2019), Wonder Woman #750 is an all-star 96 page celebration of 80 wondrous years of DC’s Amazon princess. This oversized beauty boasts spine-tingling tales of Diana’s past, present and future by some of the best old and new storytellers in the comic book biz.

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In addition to a slew of tales by longtime faves (Colleen Doran, Gail Simone, Greg Rucka) and acclaimed new voices (Mariko Tamaki, Kami Garcia, Gabriel Picolo), Wonder Woman #750 features an eye-popping series of variant covers by more artists that you can shake a buletproof bracelet at. Among them, the legendary George Perez, Adam Hughes, Jim Lee, J. Scott Campbell, Jenny Frison, Josh Middleton, Artgerm, Boss Logic, and many more.

The art on Wonder Woman #750’s 1970s variant cover was produced by Olivier Coipel, a fan favorite who made a name for himself with work on books like Marvel’s X-Men, Thor and Avengers vs. X-Men, DC’s Legion of Super-Heroes, and the creator-owned Netflix comic book series The Magic Order.

Coipel, of course, works his magic here with an image that pays fitting tribute to Nubia’s first sword-swinging appearance and origin as seen in Wonder Woman #204–206. As with the other covers in this particular subset, the work captures the spirit of one of the ten-year periods in Wonder Woman’s 80-year history. And what better symbol of 1970’s pop culture influence on Wonder Woman comics (see: blaxploitation movies) than Nubia?

Aside from the 1970s variant shown above, you should know that the covers for the 1940s, 1950s, 1960s, 1980s, and the other decades, will tempt you to dig into your Teen Titans wallet to make it rain at the cash register. But at $9.99 a pop, you may just want to limit yourself to one (okay, okay — three) and make super cool cell phone wallpapers out of the rest.

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It should probably also be said that the eight shown above do not reflect the full number of variants produced for this issue that you’ll actually see on the shelf. So be warned, True Believer!

Copies of Wonder Woman #750 were stacked up on the shelves at your friendly neighborhood comic book shop last week (January 22nd). So jet right on in and lasso yourself a copy of the 1970s variant cover featuring Nubia, and anything else you see there that inspires a sense of wonder.

Paco Taylor

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Writes about Eastern and Western pop culture, history and art | Bylines @ Nextshark, G-Fan Magazine, FanSided & CBR (Comic Book Resources) | stpaco@gmail.com

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