Welcome once more friends, to our weekly comic cover countdown to the 75th anniversary of the amazing Amazon. This week we scour the Amazonian archives to bring you; Wonder Woman #265, released in March 1980. Written by Gerry Conway, with cover and interior art by Dick Giordano, Ross Andru, and Jose Delbo.
This impelling issue contains two classic tales, “Land Of The Scaled Gods”, where Diana teams up with an American astronaut on the world’s first space shuttle mission, only to be thwarted by some aliens who bring the craft down into a hidden valley of dinosaurs (don’t you just hate it when that happens!?) The second titanic tale secreted between the comic pages is, “Mr Jupiter Is Dead”, starring the girl of wonder herself, Donna Troy.
Wonder Girl, Donna Troy, was created in 1965 by Bob Haney and Bruno Premiani, making her first appearance in “The Brave And The Bold” #60. Though her origin story has changed over the decades, the original (and my favourite) genesis of the character is that Donna was created by the sorceress Magala to be a playmate for Diana. Using a mirror of mystical origin, Magala created a duplicate of Diana, though gifted the creation with her own personality, and named her Donna.
On her very first adventure, Donna was abducted by Dark Angel believing her to be the real Wonder Woman, he proceeded to curse her to experience an unending cycle of countless tragic lives. In one of her abject experiences, Donna was orphaned from an early age after her birth mother died. Moving from foster home to foster home, she was eventually caught in a calamitous fire in one of her temporary accommodations, but was rescued from the blaze, and her never ending cycle of misery and anguish by the Goddess Rhea, one of the mythological Titans. It was Rhea who gave Donna the name of Troy in homage to the ancient Greek city. Adopting the name Wonder Girl, she became one of the founding members of the Teen Titans, alongside Robin, Kid Flash, Aqualad and Green Arrow’s Sidekick, Speedy.
Join us again next week for another classic WW cover, my achaean Amazonian associates!