Ray Caspio

"a shapeshifter of an actor" - Cleveland Plain Dealer

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Now the World is Ready for You

My tribute to Lynda Carter's ultimate Wonder Woman, who has influenced my life in so many ways since I was three. I haven't drawn her in quite awhile, and it felt incredible to do this one. I captured what I've been working at capturing for years. This was finished a couple months ago and the time is right to finally share it.

In some very exciting news, I'm looking forward to co-hosting Satin Tights: A Wonder Woman Podcast with Paul K. Bisson and many very special guests, beginning later this summer. It's all about Lynda's Wonder Woman TV series, one episode at a time. It'll be great to really explore this series (celebrating its 40th year!) and this character's impact, and have quite a bit of fun doing it!

16"x20" hand-signed limited edition prints available
100% cotton rag Giclée print: archival paper, archival inks

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Thank you so much to everyone who came out to celebrate the opening of Oh, My Stars! and to those of you who will be filling your homes with new art! I was thrilled to hear the vivid memories – and to be surrounded by the joy and laughter – that my work brought up.

The exhibit closes Sunday. I'll be there Saturday from Noon-2:00ish hanging out. I hope to see you there...and if you see something you want to take home: even better! Bewitched characters, Wonder Woman, The Golden Girls, Lucy, and many other pop icons from the '60s, '70s, and '80s await!

Maria Neil Art Project – Native Cleveland Annex
15813 Waterloo Road
Cleveland, OH 44110

Gerard Christopher as Superboy

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Thanks to the Warner Archive, I've been watching The Adventures of Superboy. I remember seeing one episode as a kid when Superman didn't mean much to me and Wonder Woman was everything. Approaching this later, in a time when Superman kills in the cold, dark Man of Steel, I'm able to appreciate what Gerard Christopher brought to the role and the comic book vibe of this series.

The episodes vary in quality and yes, often seem dated, but Gerard Christopher has an appealing, unique, compassionate energy as Supermanboy that makes the series worth watching and show why this character can be inspiring. When he took over the role after the first season from John Haymes Newton, whose portrayal was aggressive, angry, stiff and, well, intolerable, the show quickly improved and put Christopher near the top of my list of favorite actors to portray Superman.

He's also the most beautiful.

This piece was a personal challenge and evolved my work in terms of detail and subject matter that I'm eager to further explore. I can't wait to get it printed and hanging in my office...and on a t-shirt!

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In the Adorable Fur

Available as prints, clothing, iPhone & iPad cases:

Reruns of the 1960s Batman TV series introduced me to not only the Batman mythos, but the joy of balls-out camp, pop art, and the ethereal being that is/was Eartha Kitt: my favorite Catwoman. The way she smilingly spat or slinked her lines while heating up the screen enraptured me. She brought an energy to the show that was a complete change from Julie Newmar. She brought danger.

Beyond Catwoman, I find her to be a fascinating performer; the type that rarely exists in our culture anymore. She's hard for me to write about because her work is unclassifiable in its originality. What I'll say is that she and the performances she left behind are complex and thrilling, and her soul baring bravery is inspiring.

Lynda Carter as Wonder Woman Poster

14"x17" Bristol Board
Pencil, ink, Prismacolor pencils
$250 plus shipping

If you're interested in the piece, you can e-mail or contact me through the contact form on the right.

I penciled and Kevenn T. Smith inked and colored this history of Lynda Carter as Wonder Woman poster in 2002-2003. We've decided to part with the original artwork.

In addition to Lynda's various Wonder Woman and Diana Prince looks, it contains many pivotal characters from the ABC/CBS series: Etta Candy, General Blankenship, Steve Trevor, Andros I, Andros II, The Zardor, Skrill, Joe Atkinson, Eve, IRAC, Rover, Gargantua, Hippolyte (Cloris Leachman), Fausta, Formicida, and Debra Winger as Wonder Girl.

Wonder Woman: Unhampered by Masculine Destructiveness

Available, starting at less than $3.00, as a card, print, or poster: http://www.redbubble.com/people/raycaspio/works/9669009-unhampered-by-masculine-destructiveness

The quote I depicted here is my favorite from the entire Wonder Woman TV series, from one of my favorite episodes: Fausta, the Nazi Wonder Woman. Fausta was one of the few episodes based on an actual comic book story, published in Comics Cavalcade #2. Often thought of as the third special of the television series – since it was the third to air – it was actually produced second and should be watched after the Pilot if you like any kind of continuity. <<...obsessive viewer...>>

Fausta Grables (Lynda Day George), former Olympian and current Nazi – a natural progression – devises a mission to come to America in order to capture Wonder Woman and learn her secrets. She's successful, and attempts to convince her superior, Colonel Kesselman (Bo Brundin), of the truth-coercing abilities of the Golden Lasso. He, being a stubborn, arrogant, male Nazi, is having none of it. Wonder Woman, once bound by her own lasso, offers Fausta the following when asked, in front of Kesselman, "What makes you so strong?": 

"On Paradise Island there are only women. Because of this pure environment, we are able to develop our minds and our physical skills, unhampered by masculine destructiveness."

In the end, Wonder Woman reforms Fausta, who stays in Germany and becomes a double-agent.

Unfortunately, the peaceful, advanced, intelligent interpretation of Paradise Island no longer exists in the DC Comics universe, where the Amazons are depicted as warriors, rapists, murderers – and also, an obliterated nation. It's unfortunate, but it's important to remember that for 70 years, the message of the true Wonder Woman was put out into the ether.

background photos by Frank J. Lanza Photography, courtesy of Theater Ninjas
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Ray Caspio received a 2016 Creative Workforce Fellowship. The Fellowships is a program of the Community Partnership for Arts and Culture. Funding for the Fellowship program is made possible by the generous support of Cuyahoga County residents through a public grant from Cuyahoga Arts & Culture.