Raise your swords and ready your shields as we march into yet another instalment of “Classic Wonder Woman” Precinct1313’s weekly comic cover countdown to the 75th anniversary of the ultimate Amazon warrior. This week we return from the depths of the ancient Amazon archives with – Wonder Woman (volume 2) #139. Written by Eric Luke. Illustrated by Yanick Paquette. With cover art by the astonishing Adam Hughes. Released in December 1998.
The tantalising tale secreted behind this superlatives Hughes’ cover is titled “Gods and Monsters,” and finds our titular heroine faced with the difficult choice of either, continued immortality, or a mortal life as the chosen guardian of Earth. Whilst Diana ponders the Olympus rendered request, she also takes the time to reaffirm her former bond with Amazon sister Artemis. This empyrean issue contains a pantheon of Olympians including, Zeus, Hestia, and primary creator of the Amazons – Hera.
Olympian Queen Hera, is the Goddess of marriage and women and wife of Zeus, King of the Greek Gods. She is the mother to many of the Olympian Gods and Goddesses including Hephaestus and Ares, and along with Athena, Aphrodite, Hestia, and Demeter, is also the surrogate mother of the entire Amazon race. In Wonder Woman‘s original origin story, Hera was key to the Amazing Amazon‘s birth after directing a distraught Hippolyta, who longed for a child, to fashion out of clay a baby girl, which was then brought to life by Hera and her divine brothers and sisters.
Legends tell that Hera was one of six siblings born unto the Titan Rhea, and her consort Kronos. A prophecy from Gaia foretold that ultimately Kronos would be usurped by one of his children, taking steps to prevent this ever happening, the colossal Kronos devoured his children at birth, Hera, Hestia, Hades, Demeter, and Poseidon all shared in this fate. But his wife Rhea, angered by her husband’s treatment of their children and pregnant once more, conceived her sixth child Zeus in secret with the help of Gaia. Zeus stayed hidden from Kronos until adulthood when he confronted his father, and using an emetic given to him by Gaia, forced Kronos to regurgitate his siblings. Zeus went on to become King of Olympus and Hera eventually his Queen.
Join us again next week for another classic WW cover, my articulate Amazonian associates!