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Ancient Amazon Archives Revisited – Act II

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The ornate chambers of the Amazon archives are vast, stretching as far as any mortal’s eyes can see. We make our way deeper into the legendary library, stopping occasionally to survey the various parchments and tomes, the millennia long annals of Amazon deeds and accomplishments are contained within this sacred place, and conveyed to you through – ‘Classic Wonder Woman’  Precinct1313’s comic cover coundown to the 75th anniversary of the Themysciran legend.

This week’s tenacious tome is brought to you by those mythical maestros of comic book creation – J. Torres, Julian Lopez, & Marta Martinez. With the classic cover rapturously rendered by – Terry & Rachel Dodson. Released: December 2007.

Thirteen issues into Volume 3 of Diana’s daring adventures brings you a startling story entitled “Mothers and Daughters”, a crossover issue in conjunction with the mini-series “Amazons Attack”. After the cataclysmic events of Infinite Crisis, the Amazons return to Earth to find their Princess, Diana, unlawfully held in detention by the United States Government.

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Led by their Queen, Hippolyta and her adviser Circe, and joined by mythic Greek creatures that includes, Pegasus, Hydra, and Cyclops, the Amazons attack the USA, with Hippolyta hellbent on destroying the world of men. Unbeknown to the Queen and her sister Amazons however is that the whole event was orchestrated by Circe, who is using the war as a means to destroy the Amazons and their fabled home of Themyscira.

Join us again next time for more Classic Wonder Woman, my astonishing Amazonian associates!

Classic Wonder Woman: Wonder Woman (Vol 3) #13

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The ornate chambers of the Amazon archives are vast, stretching as far as any mortal’s eyes can see. We make our way deeper into the legendary library, stopping occasionally to survey the various parchments and tomes, the millenia long annals of Amazon deeds and feats are contained in this sacred place, and conveyed to you through ‘Classic Wonder Woman’  Precinct1313’s comic cover coundown to the 75th anniversary of the Themysciran legend.

This week’s tenacious tome is brought to you by the mythical maestros of comic book creation – J. Torres, Julian Lopez, & Marta Martinez. With the classic cover rapturously rendered by – Terry & Rachel Dodson. Released: December 2007.

Thirteen issues into Volume 3 of Diana’s daring adventures brings you a startling story entitled “Mothers and Daughters”, a crossover issue in conjunction with the mini-series “Amazons Attack”. After the cataclysmic events of Infinite Crisis, the Amazons return to Earth to find their Princess, Diana, illegally held in detention by the United States Government.

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Amazons Attack!

Led by their Queen, Hippolyta and her adviser Circe, and joined by Greek mythical creatures that includes, Pegasus, Hydras and Cyclops, the Amazons attack the USA, with Hippolyta hellbent on destroying the world of men. Unknown to Hippolyta and her sister Amazons though is that the whole event was orchestrated by Circe, who is using the war as a means to destroy the Amazons and their fabled home of Themyscira.

Join us again next time for more Classic Wonder Woman, my astonishing Amazonian associates!

Classic Wonder Woman: Wonder Woman (Vol 2) #91

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Greetings fellow fans of the amazing Amazon, and welcome back once more to “Classic Wonder Woman” Precinct1313’s weekly comic cover countdown to the 75th anniversary of Diana Prince. Fresh from our dive into the Amazon archives, we surface this week with “Wonder Woman (volume 2) #91.” Written by: William Messner-Loebs. Interior art by: Mike Deodato Jr. Cover art by: Brian Bolland. Released in November 1994.

The tantalising tale hidden behind the remarkable Bolland cover is called “Immortal Combat” and is the third part of a five part mini-series entitled “The Contest.” 

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After discovering that malevolent Witch-Goddess Circe was responsible for the disappearance of her paradise home of Themyscira, Diana forces her to to return the island and her Amazon sisters. Upon returning to the island, she discovers the buildings therein have been demolished and is promptly shot at with an arrow from a mysterious assailant. When Diana finally locates her sister Amazons, she is regaled with the story of what happened during Themyscira’s disappearance.

The island was assaulted by the Amazons of Bana-Mighdall, and a massive tribal war broke out between the two Amazonian factions, during the altercation Circe appeared before the Amazons to reveal that she was responsible for the contention and she brought the dissenting Amazons tribes together so she could destroy them. Circe transports Themyscira to a demonic dimension, and the warring Amazon tribes put aside their differences to fight against this new threat. Though Themyscira had seemed to be gone for only a few short months, time differentiation in the demonic realm meant that the Amazons fought their war against Circe for close to a decade.

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Diana embraces her Mother, Queen Hippolyta jubilant to see her unharmed from the conflict, but Hippolyta’s manner seems remote and distant, asking her daughter how her mission to man’s world is progressing, she becomes hostile when Diana tells her that progress has been slow. Angry at her daughters inability as Amazon herald, she orders a new contest be held to determine whether another Amazon is more capable of the appointment. Artemis of the Bana-Mighdall Amazons steps forth to announce her intention of becoming the new herald, though Hippolyta initially refuses any member of the splinter group of Amazons take part in the ancient tradition.

Join us again next week for another classic WW cover, my achaean Amazonian associates!

Classic Wonder Woman: Wonder Woman (Volume 2) #29

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Welcome back, to another instalment of; Classic Wonder Woman, Precinct1313’s weekly comic-cover countdown to the 75th anniversary of the amazing Amazon. This week we present you with Wonder Woman #29, written by George Perez, with cover and interior art by Chris Marrinan and George Perez. Released in April 1989.

This titanic tale is titled “Bloodvine” and finds Diana seemingly poisoned by Cheetah’s loyal man-servant Chuma. As she lays paralysed at his feet, Chuma regales Wonder Woman with the tale of his mistress’s origin. As Chuma comes to the end of his story Wonder Woman leaps forward, she had faked the symptoms of being poisoned in order to bide her time. With Chuma secured, Diana flies off in search of Cheetah. Arriving at a location in Egypt, Diana is suddenly surrounded by several female warriors who shockingly appear to be of Amazon origin!

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The fabled Amazons of Bana-Mighdall are a splinter group of dissenting Amazons that broke away from their Themysciran sisters over three thousand years ago. Led by Antiope, long lost sister of Hippolyta, these wayward Amazon warriors renounced the Gods of Olympus so that they could seek revenge on Heracles and the men who had attempted to subjugate and vanquish their race.

After the unfortunate death of their Queen Antiope, the tribe of Amazons settled in the deserts of Egypt, where they founded the city of “Bana-Mighdall”. Here they remained, secreted for thousands of years, becoming an increasingly intemperate and brutal race of violent mercenaries. Eventually they were transported to Themyscira by Witch-Goddess Circe, where they at first waged a brutal war against their once close kin, but were finally intergrated back into Themysciran society through the will of Zeus himself.

Join us again next week for another classic WW cover, my astounding Amazonian associates!

Classic Wonder Woman: Wonder Woman (Volume 2) #15

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Welcome back once more my Amazon loving affiliates, to another instalment of; Classic Wonder Woman, Precinct1313’s weekly comic-cover countdown to the 75th anniversary of the world’s foremost female Superhero. This week we present you with: Wonder Woman (vol 2) #15. Released in April 1988, written and illustrated by George Perez.

The tantalising tale hidden behind the awesome Perez cover is titled “Swan Song” and recounts Diana’s struggle against one of her most deadly but piteous foes; The Silver Swan.

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Three women have inherited the mantle of Silver Swan over the years, beginning with the tragic Helen Alexandros. Helen was a talented ballet dancer who oft found herself overlooked for major roles, because (she believed) of her average looks and physique. Striking a bargain with Ares for angelic beauty and form, Helen was granted the beauty she desired on the proviso that she would destroy the human’s champion Wonder Woman. Mystically altered by Ares, Helen became the Silver Swan, with the abilities of flight, super strength and the capacity to create powerful sound blasts using her voice.

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Silver Swan #2 is Valerie Beaudry, a lonely and friendless woman, who found it difficult to connect with the world at large. The only connection Valerie had was a pen pal named Henry Armbruster, the industrialist head of Armbruster International. Upon meeting for the first time, Henry exploited Valerie’s need for acceptance and friendship by choosing her for his Silver Swan project. Through his experiments Valerie mutated into the Silver Swan, giving her incredible beauty and hyper sonic powers, he also expanded his nefarious control over her by marrying Valerie. As time went on Valerie, with the help of Wonder Woman became aware of Henry’s exploitative ways and saw him for who he really was and divorced him. From here on Valerie became an agent of justice, serving time with Super-team Captains Of Industry and a short stint in the Suicide Squad

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Silver Swan #3 was Vanessa Kapatelis, a former admirer and friend of Wonder Woman. Vanessa was preyed upon by Witch-goddess Circe who decided to utilise the young insecure woman’s friendship with Diana and turn her against against the Amazon princess. With the assistance of Dr Psycho, Circe conditioned and altered Vanessa transforming her into the new Silver Swan. After the defeat of Circe by Wonder Woman, Vanessa was taken to a hospital in Buenos Aires to recover but whilst there was discovered and kidnapped by the deceitful Veronica Gale, an unscrupulous pharmaceutical magnate. Gale modified Vanessa through implanted cybernetics and sent her back once more, to fight her one time close friend Diana. With her eventual defeat again at the hands of Wonder Woman, Vanessa had the Cybernetc implants removed and was taken to the Amazon Isle of Themyscira for recovery and solace.

Join us again next week for another classic WW cover, my astonishing Amazonian associates!

Classic Wonder Woman: Wonder Woman #313

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Hola” fellow Wonder Woman fans, and welcome back once more to Precinct1313’s weekly comic-cover countdown to the 75th anniversary of the amazing Amazon. This week we present you with; Wonder Woman #313. Written by Dan Mishkin, with cover and interior art by Don Heck, Dick Giordano and Ed Hannigan. Released in March 1984.

The terrific tale secreted behind this classic cover is titled, The Animal Within, and recounts Diana’s search for Colonel Steve Trevor’s missing colleague Major Keith Griggs, who is believed to have been kidnapped in South America. Things take a turn for the bizarre however when the awesome Amazon discovers that Griggs has been turned into a man-beast servant of one of Diana’s most powerful adversaries, Witch Goddess… Circe!

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Circe was created by Robert Kanigher and Harry Peter in 1949, and made her first appearance in Wonder Woman #37. The original take on the Greek Witch portrayed her as a centuries old sorceress, who gained her immortality from a rare elixir known as Vitae. A stunningly beautiful Goddess who delights in turning her adversaries into animals (much like her mythological forebear) This original version of Circe was eventually banished by Hippolyta to the island planet of Sorca, for her continuing crimes against humanity.

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Her second introduction into the DC universe first appeared in 1988, this post-crisis (Crisis On Infinite Earths was a maxi-series reboot of the DC Universe) version of Circe was re-envisioned by the legendary artist George Perez. Retaining some of her former history, Circe’s background was revamped and revised.

Circe is the daughter of Greek Titans Hyperion and Perseis, a powerful Witch and Princess of the isle of Colchis. Beautiful and deadly, this purple haired temptress still enjoys turning her foes into animals that befit their personality (known as Beastiamorphs) She has worshipped the Goddess of magic and witchcraft Hecate for millennia, up until Hecate eventually transferred her soul into Circe, her most devoted follower, after the Gods of Olympus turned their back on her. Which enabled Circe to attain her current status as an immensely powerful Witch-Goddess.

Join us again next week for another classic WW cover, my astounding Amazonian associates!

Super-Villain Sunday: Circe

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Super-Villain Sunday this week brings you the immortal Greek witch Goddess – Circe. One of Wonder Woman’s most powerful foes, Circe was first introduced into the DC universe in Wonder Woman #37 in 1949, created by Robert Kanigher and Harry Peter. This original version of Circe is a centuries old sorceress who gets her immortality from a rare elixir called Vitae, she was banished to the space island of Sorca by Queen Hippolyta (Wonder Woman’s mother and Queen of the Amazons) for her crimes against Humanity.

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The modern, post crisis interpretation of Circe was created by George Perez in 1988, her previous history was rewritten though the core of the character remained the same. Modern Circe is the daughter of Greek Titans  Hyperion and Perseis, and is still an immortal sorceress. Former Princess of the island of Colchis, Circe has been a follower of the Goddess Hecate for thousands of years. Whilst living on the island of Aeaea, Circe met and fell in love with legendary Greek King and hero Odysseus, with whom she had three sons, Latinus, Telegonus and Agrius.

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Though an all powerful Goddess and witch, Circe at times has allied herself with several other Super-Villains to help her gain influence and expand her control over the mortal world. Most notably as a member of Lex Luthor’s Injustice gang which counted amongst it’s members the Joker, Star Sapphire, Chronos plus many others throughout the years. Circe’s powers are many, the ability to change reality and transform matter, she can control minds and is also a necromancer. She can teleport, fly and can produce deadly bolts of magical energy. She is one of DC Comic’s most powerful villains and always knows how to ruin Wonder Woman’s day.

Super-Villain Rating: Godlike