Who’s Your Daddy?

Who’s Your Daddy?

 

WONDER WEDNESDAY

On Wednesdays I look at various chapters in Wonder Woman’s history. Click 

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His and Hers

His and Hers

WONDER WEDNESDAY

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

I’ve written at length already about why I’m not a fan of the New 52, DC Comics’ linewide relaunch that’s been the status quo since 2011. One of the things I particularly dislike is what’s been done with Superman. While a few other characters such as Batman and Green Lantern continued more or less where they left off, Superman was rebooted entirely. He has a silly costume redesign, he’s younger and “edgier,” and his marriage to Lois Lane never happened. In fact, now he’s going out with Wonder Woman.

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In a Land Far, Far Away

In a Land Far, Far Away

WONDER WEDNESDAY

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

When I first started writing up the nonsuperpowered, white-suit mod era of Wonder Woman, this is the story I was most looking forward to, even if it wouldn’t come until midway through the fourth and final reprint volume of Diana Prince: Wonder Woman. What I love about is that it’s just so random, but I’ll get to that in a minute.

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Seeing Double

Seeing Double

WONDER WEDNESDAY

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

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That Spyin’ Lion

That Spyin’ Lion

WONDER WEDNESDAY

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

Just a quick one this week—too busy with other stuff. I have to say, too, that DC isn’t making it easy for me to write happy shiny things about its (and comicdom as a whole’s) most prominent superheroine when the company itself keeps making dick moves that look and quack a lot like misogyny.

There’s only so many times I can read about the latest DC debacle or the ongoing frustration with the lack of a Wonder Woman movie before I start to feel pretty glum in my fandom. And sure, I can write angry, but that’s really not where I want to be.

So! It’s time to hop in the wayback machine and head way, way back to 1943.  Let’s take a look at the very last story in Wonder Woman Archives vol. 2: “The Talking Lion.”

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Let Her Cross Over

Let Her Cross Over

WONDER WEDNESDAY

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

This is so strange to say that I can hardly believe it as I type it, but Wonder Woman has never headlined an intercompany crossover comic. Even during the period when DC and Marvel were crossing over so often that you had such B- and C-list matchups as Darkseid/Galactus, Team X/Team 7 and Green Lantern/Silver Surfer, Wonder Woman got no play.

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Let Loose the Cheetah

Let Loose the Cheetah

WONDER WEDNESDAY

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

Regular readers of this space, if such there be, may recall that last week I noticed that Wonder Woman #196 contained a never-before-published Golden Age Wonder Woman story that was also never reprinted thereafter—and certainly not in the collection I was reviewing, Diana Prince: Wonder Woman vol. 3, which was only concerned with the mod Wonder Woman stories of the very early ’70s.

Well, clearly I had to track this story down. So in the last week I went and bought a copy of this single issue so I could read it.

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Work That Bodyguard

Work That Bodyguard

 WONDER WEDNESDAY

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

Well, there’s just one more story in the third and penultimate volume of Diana Prince: Wonder Woman, collecting the late ’60s, early ’70s exploits of Wonder Woman when she had suddenly become a non-superpowered, karate-chopping mod. This one’s billed as “a big 3-star issue,” which I guess justifies the price hike from the previous issue’s 15 cents to a whopping 25 cents.

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Any Inn in a Storm

Any Inn in a Storm

WONDER WEDNESDAY

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

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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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