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.
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.
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.
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.
I don’t usually do a comic cover of the week, the main reason being that I can never decide on a favourite, there really are too many stunning pieces of cover art out there to choose just one. Until today when I saw the cover for Sensation Comics #24, and decided to share its amazingly stylised cover.
Amazing stuff I’m sure you would agree, Noelle Stevenson, co-writer of Boom Studio’s Lumberjanes comic provides interior art for the comic and brings his own quirky art style to the awesome Amazon’s adventures. Comic cover of the week will probably not end up being a regular feature, as I tend to spend more time deciding which cover I like the most, than actually writing about it!
Welcome comic lovers to another comic-book spotlight, this week we will be focusing on the return of DC’s Sensation comics, the original run of Sensation began in 1942 and heralded the historic debut of comics’ first lady – Wonder Woman. This new imprint will be Wonder Woman’s first digital series, but if you prefer your comics to be more hands on then the series will also be released in print one week after the digital version.
The title is going to be standalone and not focus on the current continuity in Wonder Woman’s main comic, this will enable the different creative teams working on the book to give a fresh new perspective to Diana’s adventures, akin to the old DC Elseworld titles, which took established Superheroes and supplanted them into new and interesting scenarios (examples of which are a vampiric Batman in Red Rain and a Russian Superman in Red Son)
The first run on this comic will be by one of Precinct1313’s favourite comic scribes, the fantastic Gail Simone, who had an award winning run on Wonder Woman’s premium series in 2007. Artist Ethan Van Sciver is handling cover and interior art, best known for his long run as penciller for the Batman/Superman and Green Lantern titles. The first story will be a two issue run, with the Amazon Princess visiting Gotham City and running afoul of the Clown Prince of crime and the Mistress of Mischief…Joker and Harley Quinn. The first issue is available as a digital download right now with the physical version out next week.
Precinct1313 rating: 5 golden lassos out of 5.