Sunday, December 25, 2016

Post #132

Wonder Woman #95
January 1958
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Another piece to the changing dynamics of Wonder Woman takes place this month. Cover is credited to both Ross Andru and Mike Esposito. I like the magenta Nuclear Exposition.

The SA WW team of Kanigher\Andru\Esposito have worked together as far back as October 1954 issue of Our Army at War #27
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Wonder Woman becomes radioactive as stories of childish fantasies slowly give way to the nuclear nightmare.

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Revealed is "The Secret of Wonder Woman's Tiara!", written by Robert Kanigher, with art by Harry G. Peter.

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Saturday, December 17, 2016

Post #131

Wonder Woman #94

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The popularity of the Superman TV show makes its presents felt in the opening Wonder Woman story.

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Yet another unscrupulous hollywood producer resorts to trickery.

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Duke Deception tries again to foil Wonder Woman.

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Thursday, December 8, 2016

Post #130

Wonder Woman #93
October 1957

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Three stories of unremarkable work.

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Saturday, November 26, 2016

Post #129

Wonder Woman #92
August 1957

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More late GA stories of aliens, identity crisis, and gangsters.
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Saturday, November 19, 2016

Post #128

Wonder Woman #91
July 1957

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It must have been confusing for Wonder Woman fans to know when a new issue was going to be released in 1957. They would have to wait two months for this issue to be published. A glimpse of something new is here! The origin of Wonder Woman’s Eagle Costume!

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Sunday, November 13, 2016

Post #127

Wonder Woman #90
May 1957

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First story opens again with its target audience in attendance.

Second story splash page is interesting.

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Another issue down as real change approaches the distance horizon.

Wednesday, November 2, 2016

Post #126

Wonder Woman #89
April 1957

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In retrospect, one may get the feeling that "The Master of Earth's Twin World" is a multiple earth prototype. It’s not. Just another vehicle for a childish GA fantasy.

In “The Amazon Album” more adolescent fantasy at work.

These late GA Wonder Woman issues comes in threes. In “The Triple Heroine”, dimwitted gangsters replaced by space aliens.

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It’s hard not to be snarky. These stories are that bad.

Thursday, October 20, 2016

Post #125

Wonder Woman #88
February 1957

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First (cover) Story;
Dimwitted gangsters. babies falling out of windows, and an escaped spy. All help pad this thin story of ‘what’s in the box?’.

Second Story:
WWs lasso get’s to tell her story.

Third Story:
WW identity revealed, again (or not).

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Saturday, October 15, 2016

Post #124

Wonder Woman #87
January 1957

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First story: Time stops, aliens invade, WW saves Steve.
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Second (cover) Story: Giant eagle with threatening talons is common in WW adventures. The giant footsteps on the cover turn out to be that of a robots.
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Third Story: More foolishness. WW loses her tiara, battles giant fish, faces death.
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Merciful Minerva, when will it end!

Sunday, October 9, 2016

Post #123

Wonder Woman #86
November 1956

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Really difficult to comment on this issue at all. Perhaps Bob Kanigher was running on fumes in the amount of stories he was writing and editing per month. This issue is just plain awful.

"The Painting That Betrayed Wonder Woman," uses the well worn story line of revealing the secret identity.
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"The Talking Robot Plane," may have inspired the Night at the Museum creators.

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Tuesday, October 4, 2016

Post #122

Wonder Woman #85
October 1956

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I’m starting my Wonder Woman Silver Age blog with this issue. No, it is not a SA issue, but it is on the newsstand at the same time as Showcase #4 (written by Kanigher). The only similarity between this issue and Showcase #4 is the Giant 5000 Prize Contest. I want to take a look for any hints of a shift of style in the stories from childish fantasies, not-so-bright gangsters, secret identity seekers into science-fiction oriented epics.

Credits for the last 13 issues before the SA Wonder Woman origin story of issue #98 are Irv Novick (ending with #94) covers, Robert Kanigher writer, and Harry G. Peter (ending with #97) art.

The first story is the better of the three. "The Sword In the Sky" takes the excalibur myth and expands it into a rescue mission of moon people and a lesson on what is required to achieve freedom.

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The "The Wooden Hero" is very routine for the genre in so much as it is kid centered.

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The cover story, "The Woman In the Bottle”, nearly makes a complete six page filler.

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The educational love factoids are a regular inclusion during this late GA series run. This is the only time I will post them.

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How many coupons from Showcase #4 got clipped for a chance at the grand prize?

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Overall, a forgettable issue like nearly all the others that will follow over the next year or so. It won’t be until #98 that Wonder Woman will start to really change and the stories become very interesting.