Welcome back once more my amazing Amazonian affiliates to another instalment of “Classic Wonder Woman”, Precinct1313’s weekly comic cover countdown to the 75th anniversary of the World’s pre-eminent female Superhero. This week our delve into the Amazon archives yields; Wonder Woman (Volume 2) #118. Written and illustrated by John Byrne, with cover art by Jose Luis Garcia-Lopez. Released in February 1997.
This weeks titanic tale is titled “Claws” and presents yet another chapter in the eternal struggle between Wonder Woman and her enduring nemesis Cheetah. Barbara Minerva’s ferocious alter ego returns once more, but this time is even more dangerous and feral after her deal with Andre Neron (In the 1995 mini-series – Underworld Unleashed.) But her intensely magnified powers are gradually eroding her humanity and Diana must attempt to counter play her deal with the demonic Neron to hopefully regain Minerva’s human psyche.
We also get to see Diana’s post-crisis version of the classic invisible plane. The jet’s previous origin is revised, as it is now rarely seen since Wonder Woman gained the ability to fly. Diana is gifted a mysterious technology, The Lansinar Disc, a morphing crystal designed by a blind race of aliens first introduced in Wonder Woman #115. The jet propels itself using graviton particles and is telepathically attuned to Diana’s thought waves.
Join us again next week for another classic WW cover my avid Amazonian associates!
Precinct1313’s weekly comic-cover countdown to the 75th anniversary of everyone’s favourite Amazon warrior continues with Wonder Woman #128. Released in February of 1962, written by Robert Kanigher, with the cover and interior art by Ross Andru and Mike Esposito. This issue contains two classic stories, The Origin Of The Amazing Robot Plane and Vengeance Of The Angle Man.
Though not depicted on the cover itself, the most interesting thing about this particular issue is the origin of Diana’s classic Invisible plane (aka Robot Plane).
When Wonder Woman was originally created in the early 1940’s, even though she was capable of many amazing feats, the ability of flight was not amongst them. As she moved away from the golden age of comics (1930’s-1950’s) she grew more powerful, eventually during 1985’s Crisis On Infinite Earths storyline, she gained the ability to fly, thus negating the use of her faithful invisible jet. It also garners the award for being the first stealth plane design in history, another first for Wonder Woman’s creator, William Moulton Marston, who not only created the world’s first female Superhero but also, as mentioned in a previous post, the original polygraph machine.
Join us again in a weeks time for another classic WW cover, my astonishing Amazonian associates.