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COMIC LEGEND: Angela Bowie once owned the TV rights to Daredevil and Black Widow.

STATUS: True

Whether she was ever seriously in contention for Wonder Woman or not, the idea of playing a superhero obviously appealed to Bowie, as in 1975, she actually acquired the TV rights to the then recent Marvel series Daredevil and Black Widow (although, interestingly enough, by 1975 Black Widow was no longer appearing in the pages of Daredevil).

She told Kuljit Mithra, who runs the amazing Man Without Fear Daredevil web site, what happened:

I received permission from Stan Lee to have the rights to Daredevil and Black Widow for a year. We were unable to place the series. Actor, writer, Benny Carruthers and I did the photo shoot with Terry O’Neill and Natasha Kornilkoff costume designer and Barbara Daly – make-up in London and that was all that ever happened. Unfortunately at that time it was considered too difficult and expensive to film, special effects etc.

It never got beyond the test photos they made using Kornilkoff’s costume designs, so these photos are all we have, but still, that in and of itself is a whole lot of awesomenessness!

Black Widow

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Thanks to Kuljit and Angela for the information!
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I bet the Black Widow would’ve been not-Russian to go with how Daredevil is apparently not-blind.

Looking at the difference between Bowie and Carter playing Wonder Woman, and then seeing the pictures of Bowie’s version of Daredevil and the Black Widow…well, I’ll just say that things seemed to work out ok in the end.

One joke I saw somewhere was that the photos looked like she put the “heroin” in superheroine.

Bowie’s not really the problem in those DD/BW shots, though. That Daredevil costume is ridiculous.

I don’t know, in the first two Black Widow pics she doesn’t look bad, that last one is silly, but typical for 70’s superhero TV shows. Now, that Daredevil looks ridiculous by any standard.

The costumes, though, were, in effect “homemade.” I imagine if a network’s interest had been piqued, they would have designed a new outfit for Daredevil. Bowie would likely still be wearing her outfit, though, for as readerreader notes, it was pretty typical fare for the time.

I would literally believe ANY legend about Angela Bowie.

George R.R. Martin was the guest-of-honor at the first science-fiction convention I ever attended in Dubuque, IA in the mid-seventies. Sandkings must have been published at that point but I think he was teaching at one of the local colleges? Not sure about that but I remember him having some local connection.

I found myself really bored by the convention and looking through the Yellow Pages, found Comic World and spent more time there buying Strange Adventures back issues with Neal Adams Deadman goodness than I spent at the con after that.

I never thought I’d see a Daredevil costume that made Rex Smith’s ninja suit from “The Trial of the Incredible Hulk” look good by comparison.

A Horde of Evil Hipsters

October 11, 2013 at 11:28 am

“Michael D” said

“I never thought I’d see a Daredevil costume that made Rex Smith’s ninja suit from “The Trial of the Incredible Hulk” look good by comparison.”

Now I really want to see what that looked like, considering I was just about to make a joke about how the costume in this article is still better than Ben Affleck’s one.

Didn’t you already do that Angela Bowie legend? Or was it something similar? Or am I just having another one of those insane ‘memories’ that aren’t real? I’m sure I’ve seen those photos on here before…

Anyone know what other comics did George R.R. Martin have his letters published in? I know there was one in Avengers #12. Anything else?

Here’s a selection of Rex Smith and Ben Affleck Daredevil photos, for comparison:

http://sirdeepcookie.tumblr.com/post/28633799356/live-action-brings-u-daredevil

I suspect that any Daredevil series with Angela Bowie would have made the other Marvel tv efforts of the period look like the movies of today, by comparison. I also would take anything she says in an interview with a huge block of salt.

Didn’t you already do that Angela Bowie legend? Or was it something similar? Or am I just having another one of those insane ‘memories’ that aren’t real? I’m sure I’ve seen those photos on here before…

I’ve never featured it before, no.

I also would take anything she says in an interview with a huge block of salt.

Yeah, I certainly wouldn’t be surprised if her tale of Bowie’s manager essentially lying to her about her having a chance at Wonder Woman is false and Bowie is just trying to excuse her auditioning and not getting the role.

This DD makes Affleck look like a god!

Angela Bowie look more like the Earth-Two/Golden Age Wonder Woman as depicted in the late 1970’s.

Her Black Widow does resemble Gene Colan’s version in the first two pics. That DD suit is horrible, though.

George R.R. Martin has confirmed he was the first on the list for the First Comic Book convention in a Nerdist Podcast a few months ago.

Right, but Guy X saying “I was the first comic con attendee” is one thing, but I would need some confirmation from the organizers to go with a “True” for it, ya know? Luckily, Wein has done exactly that!

Did anybody read that letter from George Martin? The guy was doing sarcasm better back then better than 99% of the internet does now. He couldn’t have been serious… could he?

ParanoidObsessive

October 11, 2013 at 2:55 pm

George R.R. Martin being a huge comic fan as a kid is actually a lot more believable if you’ve ever read the Wild Cards books.

Doubly so if you realize the two main characters in the series are kind of self-insert versions of himself. I could totally see his inner-child bouncing up and down with glee as he started writing stories that were basically the “Man, I wish I could be a superhero like the people in this comic book” fantasies come to life, as it were.

Martin seems like pretty much the iconic geek in general, though, considering he’s also (or used to be, anyway) hugely into role-playing games. Which was the origin of the Wild Card books in the first place – him and a bunch of his friends (most of them being fellow authors) playing an RPG where they were all comic book superheroes.

Tom Fitzpatrick

October 11, 2013 at 3:00 pm

To be honest, I’d like to have seen more of Cathy Lee Crosby playing Wonder Woman than Lynda Carter.

But that’s just me. ;-)

I like how George R. R. Martin’s address is blacked out, as if he’s still living there fifty years later, and Fantastic Four #20 needs to be censored like it’s a Majestic 12 document.

No wonder the Bowies eventually divorced. They probably cut each other on their cheekbones constantly.

re:The Moish- Even though it isn’t Marvel, he has a letter (as George R.R. Martin in the 1964 Charlton version of The Blue Beetle, vol. 2#3. He was referencing the first issue of the newly-revamped series (#3 has a Dick Giordano cover, and I don’t know who did the interior art, but I can assure you it wasn’t what I would call this unknown artist’s finest moment :).

Wow, back in the day, Marvel really did give away the TV and movie right for their characters to anyone and everyone who asked. No wonder it took decades for any decent movies to be made with Marvel characters.

That Daredevil costume and the actor’s strange gaze remind me of Jon Lovitz on The People’s Court.

Brian from Canada

October 12, 2013 at 6:33 am

@Ben Herman:

You have to remember, though, that in the early/mid-70s few people were bigger than Bowie as a celebrity. He charged through America as Ziggy Stardust in 1972, was working on a musical in 73 and by 1974 was starring in The Man Who Fell To Earth. For his wife to get a major role or be producer would not be out of the question.

Though David Bowie’s comments are not wrong. Bowie himself only played the US in January 1973 before returning to Europe for the last Ziggy shows and two more albums. When he returned to the US in spring 1974, for touring and filming of The Man Who Fell To Earth, he may have already been aware that another round of casting was happening. So if the interview happened after the movie was released, or his next US tour in 1976, Linda Carter would have been cast.

And EVERYONE would lose out to Linda Carter. ;-)

Lynda Carter has a serious case of duck-foot in that picture. Whoa thunk it?

I wonder how the Cathy Lee Crosby Wonder Woman was able to fight crime and not chip those long nails.

I can confirm George R. R. Martin being the first attendee. The bastard pushed me and I fell – jaw fractured, few teeth fell out! Had to spend few days in a hospital due to sepsis that resulted from teeth getting knocked out!!!! Meanwhile, there he was, having a blast…

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