|mosellegreen (mosellegreen) wrote in scans_daily,|
@ 2009-05-28 20:27:00
|Entry tags:||char: etta candy, char: steve trevor, char: wonder woman/diana of themyscira, creator: william moulton marston, era: golden age, publisher: dc comics, title: wonder woman|
Golden Age Wonder Woman
This one was published in 1946. I gather that the issue had multiple stories about Lana, whose mental turmoil about her relationship with her no-good boyfriend Carl Ambishun AKA Silas Sneek had the side effect of taking her and the Holliday girls to other time periods, where they would temporarily forget that they hadn't been born in ancient Greece or wherever and behave as if they belonged there. Since Lana said "Oh, my formula", I'm assuming she made some kind of chemical thingie that she drank that gave her this ability. I really, really want to see how this concept was introduced. But all my collection includes is the last of the stories about Lana.
I really love the Holliday girls' frothing petticoats here. Also, did Marston stop to think what "dance hall" was a euphemism for before he put all these wholesome college girls in one?
We learn that Lana/Pru's father, Trader Beene, is a good man who gives the Indians a fair share of "trinkets" in return for furs, but Silas Sneek, Carl's name in the Old West, hides half the trinkets in a cave before delivering the rest to the Indians, who thus believe Beene is cheating them. I'm gonna leave the whole "trinkets" thing be. At least cheating Indians is portrayed as a bad thing, and throughout the story, they're depicted as honorable and honest. They only go on the warpath for the legitimate reason that they're being cheated; they're only wrong about who's cheating them. I suspect this story was chosen for the 70's collection partly because of that.
That is a hell of a shot. He shoots the bow out of the hands of an Indian while he's on horseback?
I have to take exception to the Indian interpreting Steve's gun as "bewitching my bow and arrow". He would have known perfectly well what guns were; heck, Etta Candy was carrying two of 'em.
The Indians, it turns out, are excellent marksmen themselves, able to unerringly hit Wonder Woman's bracelets while she's on a fast horse.
And of course, the obligatory bondage in the background.
I always loved this bit. I love her cheerful acceptance of the challenge; she obviously thinks it's lots of fun to get to wrassle buffalo. For the rest of the page she tosses them around.
OK, I think that's actually a pretty logical reaction to Wonder Woman.
The Indians stick at releasing Trader Beene, so Wonder Woman lassos Silas and forces him to confess the truth. Pru arrives just in time to hear this and declares, "I've learned my lesson - I'll rely on myself, not on a man!"