One of the best works in it is a lithograph (2010) by Czech artist Catalin Ardelean, called "Atalanta vs Peleus": OGCMA0240NOTAtalanta_Ardelean. It's part of the artist's series of lithographs called "Elysian Fields." That collection, which I sought out at the Saatchi Gallery online, introduces several Marvel Comic heroes into classical mythological iconography, and all with very interesting effects. — There's Batman strapped under the belly of Polyphemus' favorite old ram, and Batman again playing board games with Ajax (an interesting nod to Exekias). And so forth. This art is worth some time for every student of classical myth.
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Typically Peleus wrestles women. He is most well known for his wrestle with Thetis. In that story she's a shape-changer, as are many sea-divinities. And Peleus is highly motivated, perhaps from days and days before the mast of the Argo, to woo and win the lovely Thetis. She is destined to bear a child who will be greater than his father. Achilles fits that bill, in the end. But, for the present pottery, Peleus is wrestling Atalanta. Apollodorus' Library 3.9.2 is the most readily available statement from an ancient literary source on this particular wrestle. He says that at the funeral games for Pelias — the guy who sent Jason on the quest for the Golden Fleece, the guy who was murdered in such grizzly fashion by his own daughters when Medea duped them into it — Peleus was bested by Atalanta. She, of course, was famous for her virginal stipulation that she would only marry a suitor who could beat her in a footrace. Many tried and failed. Corpses; for she murdered all she beat.
Wonder Woman must exude that same sort of attraction that compelled Atalanta's many suitors to lose it all in her pursuit. She, Wonder Woman, has the same charisma that would qualify her to go shoulder to shoulder with the greatest (male) heroes in the two greatest pre-Trojan-War heroic endeavors, the sailing of the Argo and the Calydonian Boar Hunt. She's the right figure for Ardelean's comic heroic update of one moment when one of those greatest heroes, Peleus, really met his match.