Welcome back once more to another instalment of, Classic Wonder Woman, Precinct1313’s weekly comic cover countdown to the 75th anniversary of everyone’s favourite Amazon warrior. This week we present to you; Wonder Woman #286, written by Robert Kanigher, with interior and cover art by Ross Andru, Dick Giordano, Jose Delbo and Dave Hunt. Released in December 1981.
The tremendous tale hidden behind this classic cover is titled “Be Wonder Woman… And Die”, in which Diana gives an up and coming actress, who wants to portray Wonder Woman in a movie, a chance to play her in real life to give the film role more perspective. The cover depicts Queen Hippolyta cradling the Wonder Woman actress, who was accepted as an Honourary Amazon sister shortly before her untimely demise.
Hippolyta (aka, Hippolyte), is the legendary Queen of the fabled Amazons, who made her first appearance alongside her daughter Wonder Woman, in All Star Comics #8 in December 1941. Based on the Greek mythological character of Hippolyte, who was the Amazonian Queen fathered by god of war Ares.
There have been two major versions of her origin, the original golden age variant of her origin we touched upon in an earlier instalment of Classic Wonder Woman, which you can read right here. After Wonder Woman underwent a revamp by the legendary George Perez in 1987, Hippolyta’s own backstory also changed. Hippolyta, her sister Antiope and the rest of the Amazons were created by the Gods of Olympus, Artemis, Hestia, Athena, Demeter and Aphrodite, who took the souls of warrior women who had been slain by the hands of man over the centuries and formed them initially out of clay, before granting them life as immortal Amazon warriors. Hippolyta herself is believed to be at least 3,000 years old.
A recent reboot of Wonder Woman in DC Comic’s “New 52″, also brought another change for the Amazon Queen. Blonde and edgy, this version of Hippolyta is more the fierce warrior than a diplomat and mentor as her previous incarnation. Also this version of Hippolyta didn’t fashion Diana from clay, but fell pregnant after having an affair with Zeus, and was eventually punished for her transgression by Zeus’ wife Hera, and turned to stone.
Join us again next week for another classic WW cover, my admirable Amazonian associates!
I know I said this probably would not become a regular feature here at the Precinct but, this is yet another exceptional cover from David Finch. If he continues on par with his awesome take on everyone’s favourite Amazon then I can see cover of the week being Wonder Woman every single time!
Wonder Woman #39 Plot Synopsis:
Diana returns to Themyscira to discover that in her absence, the Amazons have chosen a new Queen… Donna Troy! This issue also guest stars Batman and the Justice League.
This months issue also ships with two variant covers by David Finch, Batt and Phil Jimenez.
Wonder Woman #39 is available at your local comic emporium right now, with cover and interior art by David Finch and Batt (Matt Banning). Written by Meredith Finch.
Welcome once more…
NUMBER 1 is: Wonder Woman.
Wonder Woman aka Diana was created by William Moulton Marston, her first appearance was in All Star Comics #8 1941. The world’s first ever female superhero hails from the paradise island of Themyscira, where she lives with her fellow Amazon sisters under the protection of the Greek Gods. Diana’s original origin is that she was formed out of clay by her Mother Queen Hippolyta and given life by the Gods of Olympus, more recently this has been changed so that Diana is actually the daughter of Hippolyta and Zeus.
As beautiful as Aphrodite, as wise as Athena, stronger than Hercules and as swift as Hermes, Diana grew up on Themyscira with just her sister Amazons away from the world of man, the immortal Amazons lived and prospered here for thousands of years, until the plane of US intelligence officer Steve Trevor was shot down over the island, nursed back to health by Diana, they left the island together and Diana became an envoy for the Amazons to the outside world. Wonder Woman is immortal, as strong as Superman and trained in every conceivable fighting style from modern and ancient times, she is a literal powerhouse of a warrior. Her uniform consists of bullet deflecting bracelets formed from the shards of the shield of Aegis and an unbreakable golden lasso with the ability to bind foes and force them to tell the truth known as the lariat of Hestia.
Though she has starred in many animated movies, a fantastic live action series during the 1970’s and early 80’s, Diana has yet had the chance to grace the silver screen, that is until the upcoming movie…Batman vs Superman where the awesome Amazon will be depicted by actress Gal Gadot. She is also getting her own film and will have a major starring role in DC’s planned Justice League film. Finally getting the recognition she deserves and we cannot wait!