Golden Age Wonder Woman
Today's offering is from "The Blue Spirit Mystery", Sensation Comics #30, 1944. It's a surprisingly complex (though nonetheless cracked out) story about a racket in the form of a cult that swindles people out of their money.
Really, a lot of Golden Age comics had plots much more complex than most Silver and Bronze Age ones, and dealt with comparatively mature subjects - not mature in the sense of sex and violence, but how many 7-year-olds would one expect to be interested in cult religion scams? I think they gave kids more credit then. Though of course, the stories were still whacked out.
I love Etta's priorities.
So, about ten minutes before his wedding, the groom, Dick Soleful, calls on the phone to announce that he can't get married, because he has just joined the Blue Spirit Masters and is about to ascend. Wonder Woman interrupts his ascension and takes him back to his bride, with some good advice for her.
Steve helps to investigate the cult leader, Unreal, who he was buddies with back in the day.
Unreal tricks him into getting into his, um, ascension gadget that puts people into the Fourth Dimension, and we see a new side of Steve.
In Gorean terms, that is a coffle of Wonder Womans. Why are most people blue and transparent when they go to the Fourth Dimension, but Wonder Woman and the Holliday girls are in full color? Notice the un-PC slogan at the bottom. These were in some of the original 40's comics and were included in the Archive Editions reprints. I thought I'd keep them in the scan out of historical interest.
Sometimes the excuses for bondage in this comic amaze even me. And I grew up reading this stuff.
It proves... what? Did I miss something, or am I just punch-drunk after that story?