Welcome back once more, my Amazon loving friends to another instalment of Classic Wonder Woman, as we continue to delve into the Amazonian archives, in our weekly comic cover countdown to the 75th anniversary of the Themysciran princess.
This week we present you with, Wonder Woman #179, written by the legendary Denny O’Neil, with cover and interior art by Mike Sekowsky and Dick Giordano, released in December 1968.
The late 1960’s marked an interesting (though ultimately unpopular with the fans) turning point for our Greek heroine, with the popularity of television characters like Emma Peel (from English TV show, The Avengers) Wonder Woman underwent a dramatic transformation under the guidance of new writer Denny O’Neil. The tale enclosed in this startling comic entitled ‘Wonder Woman’s Last Battle’, begins with Diana being summoned back to Themyscira by Queen Hippolyta, who tells her that the magic of the amazons has been exhausted after their 10,000 years stay on Earth, and they must leave for another dimension to recuperate their powers. Wonder Woman refuses to leave and thus gives up her costume and performs the Amazon rite of renunciation, removing her powers. Returning to the world of men as Diana Prince, she would continue to fight crime relying only on her martial prowess and Amazon ingenuity.
This change in direction proved unpopular with the fanbase at large, and lasted only around two years before the return of the classic character. Wonder Woman was originally created by William Marston to be faster, stronger and more capable than the men around her, she was a female character of empowerment, the original proponent of women’s liberation and with her powers removed she had lost that edge. Looking back on that era now, writer Denny O’Neil said her change wasn’t necessarily a mistake, but was definitely badly implemented at the time.
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Welcome back friends to another instalment of Classic Wonder Woman, Precinct1313’s weekly comic-cover countdown to the 75th anniversary of everyone’s favourite Amazonian superhero. This week we present you with: Wonder Woman #177, released in 1968, written by Bill Finger, with cover art by Irv Novick and interior art by Win Mortimer and Jack Abel.
This classic issue contains a titanic clash between Diana and Kara Zor-El, better known to most people as Supergirl, in a story entitled, Wonder Woman & Supergirl versus the planetary conqueror. The above image of the colossal struggle between Diana and Kara is one of the few pieces that show Wonder Woman without her iconic bullet deflecting bracelets (which are removed pre-fight).
The Bracelets of Submission, to give them their true name are worn by the Amazons as a reminder of the years that they were subjugated by demi-god Hercules. Centuries after gaining their independence, they continue to wear the bracelets as a symbol of their past oppression. Diana’s bracelets were originally formed from the legendary, Shield of Aegis.
The inspiration for the creation of the bracelets originated with Diana’s creator, William Moulton Marston, who based them on the bracelets that his lover Olive Byrne would frequently wear.
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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.
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Welcome once more my Amazon loving friends to our weekly classic comic-cover countdown to Wonder Woman’s 75th anniversary, this week we present you with Wonder Woman #53, Written by William M. Marston and pencilled by Irv Novick.
Of course the coolest thing about this cover is the the little known fact that her creator, the aforementioned William Moulton Marston was also one of the inventors of the original polygraph machine, so this cover is a fun little shout out to his involvement. It was his participation in the development of the polygraph, that also led to the creation of Diana’s famous golden ‘Lasso of Truth’ (aka the Lariat of Hestia).
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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.
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.
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…
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The secret history of Wonder Woman is an intriguing new book by writer and Harvard historian Jill LePore, the book delves into the long history of the world’s first female Superhero and her creator William Moulton Marston. LePore has uncovered long lost documentation and private papers of Marston and also writes about Wonder Woman’s tie in to the suffrage movement of the early 1900’s. As much a biography of her creator Marston as it is a history of the amazing Amazon, this book is a must read, coming from a different perspective than the many other books on the subject of the Themysciran Greek Goddess.
Published by Knopf Publishing Group, the book is available right now in a hardcover format weighing in at a respectable 432 pages, also by digital download … highly recommended to all fans of comics’ first lady.
Precinct1313 Rating: 5 bullet deflecting bracelets out of 5
The complete 1940’s Wonder Woman newspaper strip is being collected in a 196 page hardbound book, published by IDW in conjunction with DC Comics. These original stories were written by Wonder Woman creator William Moulton Marston and pencilled by Harry Peters. It will be available to buy in August, you can never own too much Wonder Woman!
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NUMBER 1 is: Wonder Woman.
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!