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

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(Copyright: DC Comics)

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!

Amazons Of Bana Mighdall

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) #1

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Welcome back once more friends of Themyscira, to another instalment of  Classic Wonder Woman, Precinct1313’s weekly comic cover countdown to the 75th anniversary of the amazing Amazon. The tantalising tale hidden behind this weeks captivating cover is titled “The Princess And The Power” released in February 1987, written by George Perez and Greg Potter, with cover and interior art by George Perez and Bruce Patterson.

It’s been a year since the last publication of a Wonder Woman solo comic, ending her titanic run on volume one and following on from the major reboot of the DC Universe in the “Crisis On Infinite Earths” saga, Diana returns once more in volume two. 

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This classic comic sports an awesome George Perez wraparound cover that depicts the defeat and subjugation of the Amazon warrior race by Zeus’ son Heracles, who is aided and abetted by God of War, Ares.

With a brand new first issue comes a reworking of Wonder Woman and her sister Amazon’s backstory. A convocation of Greek Gods form in Zeus’ palace on Mount Olympus, where Artemis, Goddess of the hunt petitions Zeus to create a race of warrior women to lead mankind back once again, to the faithful worship of the Greek Gods. Zeus rejects the idea, and Artemis approaches Zeus’ wife Hera in private to get her blessing for the venture. With Hera’s support, Artemis gathers together Gods who are sensitive to her cause which include, Hermes, Demeter, Aphrodite, Athena and Hestia.

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Together these gregarious Greek Gods cross the famed River Styx and enter the Cavern of Souls (also known as the Womb of Gaea, the Earth Mother) and extract the souls of women who have died at the hands of man throughout the generations, and reincarnate them as Amazon warriors. One soul however is left in the cavern, and Athena professes that this one has a special destiny, but her time is yet to come. This soul will eventually become Diana, moulded out of clay on the shores of Themyscira by her mother Queen Hippolyta, and given life, once more by the pantheon of Greek Gods.

Join us again next week for another classic WW cover, my astute 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!

Classic Wonder Woman: Wonder Woman #286

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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.

Queen Hippolyta

Queen Hippolyta

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.

Blonde Hippolyta-New 52 reboot

Hippolyta-New 52 reboot

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!

Classic Wonder Woman: Wonder Woman #216

WW #216

(Wonder Woman-DC Comics, 1941-2015)

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 superhero. This week we delve into the Amazonian archives to bring you; Wonder Woman #216, Written by Elliot Maggin, with cover and interior art by Nick Cardy and John Rosenberger, released in 1975.

The story retained behind this classic cover, titled ‘Paradise in Peril’, tells the tale of a famous Greek tycoon’s attempt to set foot on the forbidden shores of the Amazon island of Themyscira, to assess what happens when man breaks Aphrodite’s law. His attempt is monitored by Diana’s fellow Justice League member Black Canary, who recounts the story throughout the issue.

Themyscira

Themyscira

The paradise island of Themyscira is the second home of the Amazons after they were displaced from their original Greek state by demi-god Heracles. The Amazons were forcibly removed from the splendour of the original Themyscira City and enslaved by Heracles and his men and their Greek home state was burnt to the ground.

Imprisoned Amazon Queen Hippolyta wept for her subjugated people and pleaded to the Gods for their salvation. Her prayers were answered by the Goddess of wisdom Athena, who pledged her support to the Amazons if Hippolyta sought revenge on her captors. The Amazons broke free of their shackles and escaped, though many of them refused to continue to worship the Gods of Olympus, feeling betrayed by their lack of intervention during their ordeal at the hands of Zeus’ son Heracles. 

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Hippolyta

The Amazons who still followed Hippolyta and the Gods were separated from their wayward sisters and taken to the shores of their new home, a beautiful secluded paradise island, which they renamed Themyscira, in honour of their former home. As a penance for their subjugation they were to guard the doors to the Greek underworld of Hades for eternity, in return they would be granted immortality as long as they continued their duty to the Gods. Because of their imprisonment by Heracles and his men, and under the law set down by Aphrodite, no man was ever to set foot upon the shores of Themyscira.

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

Classic Wonder Woman: Wonder Woman #149

(DC Comics, 1941-2015)

(DC Comics, 1941-2015)

Welcome once more friends, to our ongoing classic comic-cover countdown to the 75th anniversary of the world’s first and most important female superhero. This week we bring you Wonder Woman #149, released in October 1964, written by Robert Kanigher, with cover and interior art by Ross Andru and Mike Esposito. Within the pages of this amazing amazon archive, you will encounter the classic, The Last Days Of The Amazons, recounting the tale of Queen Hippolyta’s lost love and her call to the goddess Athena to help her fashion a statue in his image. But when the statue inexplicably is brought to life, the presence of man on Themyscira threatens the downfall of the island.

Themyscira

This issue takes place mainly on the paradise island of Themyscira, which is actually the second home of the Amazons. Themyscira originally was the city-state in ancient Greece founded by the Amazons themselves, ruled over by sisters Hippolyta and Antiope. After being betrayed by Gods, Ares and Heracles, the Amazons moved to a remote island and rebuilt their culture away from the prying eyes of man and under the protection of Zeus himself. The Amazons, separate from the modern world lived in a state of harmony with their surroundings, training themselves for centuries as warriors and artisans.

Join us again in a weeks time for another classic WW cover, my affable amazonian associates!

Classic Wonder Woman: Wonder Woman #1

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(DC Comics, 1941-2015)

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.

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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.

Classic Wonder Woman: Sensation Comics #1

As you probably have realised by now if you have been a regular visitor to this site, the amazing Amazon, Wonder Woman is Precinct1313’s all-time favourite comic book character, and with her 75th anniversary gradually looming on the horizon (December 2016, fact fans) we thought it was time to do a classic covers weekly countdown to the birthday of comics’ most important female character.

Wondy #1

(DC Comics, 1941-2015)

Wonder Woman’s first ever appearance was in the anthology series, All Star Comics#8, primarily the comic featured the adventures of the world’s first Superhero team, Justice Society of America, though also it also carried stories of other notable 40’s heroes including, the Atom, original version of Sandman and the Flash amongst many others. In December of 1941, All Star presented the world with arguably their biggest ever creation, Diana of Themyscira, daughter of Queen Hippolyta and the Greek Gods themselves, born of clay and given life by a pantheon of the Gods, Demeter, Athena, Artemis, Aphrodite, Hermes and Hestia, with each bestowing upon her a powerful gift – strength, beauty, wisdom, speed, agility, and the ability to commune with the animals.

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In January of 1942, Wonder Woman was made the lead character in the newly launched anthology – Sensation Comics, which also featured her first ever cover appearance, in June of the same year she was given her very own comic … but that is a story for another time…

Join us again in a weeks time for another classic WW cover, my awesome 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 

 

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Welcome once more…

NUMBER 1 is: Wonder Woman.

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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!