The Super-Weddings of Zenda

The Super-Weddings of Zenda

WONDER WEDNESDAY

On Wednesdays I look at various chapters in Wonder Woman’s history. Click here for previous installments.

I’ve said this before, but one thing I love about writer-artist Mike Sekowsky’s non-superpowered mod version of Wonder Woman is the variety of stories he tells with her. In one issue it’s all espionage and Bond villains, then she’s donning yellowface and a machine gun and fighting the Red Army in China, then she’s off to a medieval world to lead a siege and teach them how to make cannons, and then she’s back to the streets of New York, trying to keep a friend from killing a guy. And now, she’s off to a quaint European kingdom to marry a handsome prince! The only problem is, she doesn’t really want to marry the guy and is just standing in because the real bride’s been kidnapped.

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Tony’s Got a Gun

Tony’s Got a Gun

WONDER WEDNESDAY

On Wednesdays I look at various chapters in Wonder Woman’s history. Click here for previous installments.

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Chalandor, When the Walls Fell

Chalandor, When the Walls Fell

WONDER WEDNESDAY

On Wednesdays I look at various chapters in Wonder Woman’s history. Click here for previous installments.

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Adventures in Yellowface

Adventures in Yellowface

WONDER WEDNESDAY

On Wednesdays I look at various chapters in Wonder Woman’s history. Click here for previous installments.

Whenever I get back to writing about the swingin’ mod era of 1960s Wonder Woman comics, it’s funny how I keep putting off the Doctor Cyber stories. When one of those is next in the queue, I’ll interrupt things to talk about a special from the 1970s or a loosely related current series instead. Cyber was the big recurring villain of writer/artist Mike Sekowsky’s run on Wonder Woman, which reinvented Diana Prince as a non-superpowered, karate-chopping detective and fashion boutique owner. But the trouble is, Doctor Cyber is just not a very good villain. Sure, her goons killed Diana’s longtime boyfriend Steve Trevor and her new mentor I Ching’s entire Chinese monastery, but Cyber’s master plan is always pretty vague and ill-thought-out (step one, steal lots of money; step two, take over the world!), and the threats she sends after Diana are less than fearsome: trained birds, cute women, armed skiiers.

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Bombs Bursting in Air

Bombs Bursting in Air

WONDER WEDNESDAY

On Wednesdays I look at various chapters in Wonder Woman’s history. Click here for previous installments. 

Oh hey, it’s the Third of July! Maybe I should do this here comic with Uncle Sam on the cover, because that seems patriotic. And it has two beloved heroes on the cover facing off in their patriotic costumes of red, blue and, um, yellow.

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Settling for Superman

Settling for Superman

WONDER WEDNESDAY

On Wednesdays I look at various chapters in Wonder Woman’s history. Click here for previous installments. 

I’ve avoided talking about this as long as I could, but the recent news that DC is launching a new Superman/Wonder Woman series has forced my hand. I’ve been a DC Comics fan since the mid-1970s, which necessitates a certain tolerance for reboots and retcons, but I’ve made no secret of the fact that I’m no fan of the current “New 52” relaunch of all DC’s titles, in which only Batman and Green Lantern continued more or less unchanged and everyone else’s history was rewritten.

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To the Waynemobile!

To the Waynemobile!

WONDER WEDNESDAY

On Wednesdays I look at various chapters in Wonder Woman’s history. Click here for previous installments.

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Hands Off My Superman

Hands Off My Superman

WONDER WEDNESDAY

On Wednesdays I look at various chapters in Wonder Woman’s history. Click here for previous installments.

There have been a number of stories over the years that have toyed with the idea of Superman and Wonder Woman becoming a couple, sometimes with Lois Lane and maybe Steve Trevor looking on in dismay. Heck, quite recently in Geoff Johns’s Justice League series, Supes and WW got to smooching, but of course in the New 52 relaunch, for worse or for worse, Superman and Lois Lane aren’t even a couple.

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Witches and Hippies and Slaves, Oh My!

Witches and Hippies and Slaves, Oh My!

WONDER WEDNESDAY

On Wednesdays I look at various chapters in Wonder Woman’s history. Click here for previous installments.

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Where I Came In

Where I Came In

WONDER WEDNESDAY

On Wednesdays I look at various chapters in Wonder Woman’s history. Click here for previous installments.

I wouldn’t have considered myself a Wonder Woman fan when I was a kid. I liked her well enough, and the 1970s TV series starring Lynda Carter had a lot to do with developing my adolescent ideal of womanhood, but I was much more into Green Lantern, Batman or the Flash than Wonder Woman. Still, I knew her pretty well. She was a regular star of Super Friends, both the TV cartoon and the comic-book series it spawned, and in Justice League of America, and she teamed up fairly regularly with other favorite heroes. But I wasn’t a regular reader of her own comic, so when I think about what my first Wonder Woman comic was, it’s pretty easy to remember. Almost.

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