Warning: The alliteration is strong in this one!
Precinct1313 welcomes all it’s loyal agents to rousing revelry and much celebratory carousing in the malefic mansion of mystery’s ‘Great Hall of Quaffing’ (Eldritch, our resident carrion crow will show you the way, it’s near the end of the Corridors of Collation, just take a left at the Comic-Book Crypts, if you reach the Mortuary of Mayhem then you’ve gone too far.) But before we take our seats at the titanic table of terrific tales and indulge in holiday merriment how about a quick jaunt through the Ancient Amazon Archives to catch up with our favourite Themysciran Princess’ festive adventures.
Some absolutely Classic Wonder Woman here my amazing Amazonian associates, Sensation Comics #38 was published in December 1944, written by WW’s genius creator William Moulton Marston and illustrated by the legendary Harry G. Peter. we follow our heroic herald as she decides to play Santa in a notoriously poor and downtrodden neighbourhood, to bring some festive cheer to a local orphanage. Upon arrival the Themysciran Titan accidentally stumbles across a nefarious plot to rob the US treasury, with the events quickly escalating to a hostage situation involving the children themselves.
December ’44 was a busy month for the dynamic duo of W.M Marston and H.G Peter as they also presented us with the festive edition of DC Comics’ timeless ‘Comic Cavalcade’, comprising three tenaciously terrific tales and a cadre of classic characters that includes The Flash (original Jay Garrick version) Green Lantern and of course our illustriously immortal idol Wondy.
Sensational seventies superstar Wonder Woman, the lovely Lynda Carter came face to face with ‘The Deadly Toys’ in a holiday themed episode of the scintillating seventies show that formed part of the second season and aired in 1979. Once again written by her ceaseless composer of creation W.M. Marston (writing under his oft used pen name of Charles Moulton.)
The effervescent episode found the wondrous one investigating a suspicious toy maker (played by none other than sixties Batman villain – The Riddler’s Frank Gorshin) who had replaced three scientists with his own android creations after they refused to create a weapon of mass destruction known as Project XYZ. As Diana nears the source of her investigation, the dastardly Toy Maker whips up his own android version of Gaea’s Glorious Gal, and the two Wonder Women engage in a (delightfully camp) fracas.
Happy Holidays To All Our Amazingly Affable Amazonian Agents of Awesome…
Welcome my Amazonian amigos to a festive instalment of “Classic Wonder Woman,” Precinct1313’s weekly comic cover countdown to the 75th anniversary of Zeus’ favoured daughter. We’ve gone retro for this holiday episode, as we hearken back in time to December 1944 and Wonder Woman’s appearance in Sensation Comics #38. Written by: William Moulton Marston. Cover and interior art by: Harry G. Peter.
Diana takes on the role of Santa for the day in a local poor neighbourhood, during which she stumbles onto a plot to rob the US treasury. Events take a turn for the worse when the escalating predicament turns into a hostage situation, when the very children Diana was bringing seasonal cheer become the hostages.
This issue really is the epitome of ‘Classic Wonder Woman,’ written by her creator William Marston and illustrated by the great Harry Peter. Though modern comics are substantially more professionally produced, with sublime art, depth of plot and sophisticated dialogue, there’s just something I love about these retro 40’s and 50’s four colour comics, bold imagery, simple but fun story-lines and a general feel good atmosphere. Happy holidays everyone, and why not join us again next week for more Classic Wonder Woman.
Continuing our weekly comic-cover countdown to the amazing Amazon’s 75th anniversary, with the first full length comic-book devoted solely to Wonder Woman, released in June of 1942. 64 pages in length and containing four separate stories, The Origin Of Wonder Woman, Wonder Woman Goes To The Circus, Wonder Woman Versus The Prison Spy Ring and The Greatest Feat Of Daring In Human History.
Written by her creator William Moulton Marston (under his oft used pen-name: Charles Moulton) and pencilled and inked by Harry G. Peter, this issue not only gives us Wonder Woman’s original origin story but also introduces us to her extended cast of family and friends including, Queen Hippolyta, Steve Trevor, Etta Candy and Greek Gods, Aphrodite, Athena, Ares and Hermes.
Estimated price for a near mint copy of Diana’s first ever solo comic is around £35,000 (about $53,000), so I will not be adding one to my extensive WW collection anytime soon! Join us for another classic WW cover in a weeks time my avid amazonian associates.