Golden Age Wonder Woman
These are from Sensation Comics #4, 1942. Remember that these can be bought in the Archive Edition reprints; thus far there are five Wonder Woman volumes. And they have them of other Golden Age comics too; I also have the Black Canary volume.
This issue introduces Wonder Woman's enemy Baroness Paula von Gunther, whom she later reformed, probably by spanking her.
My first name is Eve, so this one especially amuses me. This is the same "Eve Brown" from tomorrow's post. These are the earliest issues and Reformation Island hasn't been introduced to the mythos yet, so Wonder Woman just turned Eve Brown over to the Holliday Girls' sorority to be, ah, whipped into shape.
Just imagine, there was a time when "And then in his secret identity, the hero goes to a costume party dressed as himself, and everyone is fooled! Ha, ha!" was fresh and original.
Wonder Woman takes advantage of the party to do a bit of snooping through the Baroness's mansion.
Again, I really love the Holliday Girls' cheerful approach to adventure.
Yeah, Diana, any excuse will do.
And here is the first mention of Wonder Woman's "Kryptonite". You know, given her inclinations, it's gotta put a real damper on her love life.
Psychology. Marston just had to stick that in.
Also, let me take this opportunity to be pedantic and clear up a misconception about this. A few fanficcers have gotten the idea that any time a man ties Wonder Woman up, she loses her power. I don't recall her own series ever using that interpretation, though it's possible I missed something and it was about 15 years ago that I read most of her original series. I do know that this idea was suggested in the very first issue of The Teen Titans; Robin lassoed WW and she exclaimed, "I've been bound - BY A MAN!" Robin replied, "And they still call me the Boy Wonder." After that she came along quietly, so the writer must have believed this would make her lose her strength. But that's not really how it's supposed to work! A man has to chain her bracelets together! /pedantry
The Holliday Girls to the rescue!
Wonder Woman and Steve are put before a firing squad, and:
Why comment? No snark is equal to it.
Yeah, these Man's World men are constantly trying to weld my bracelets together too. You'd think I'd just stop wearing heavy iron bracelets all the time, seeing as how all the men out here carry welding kits and chains around with them at all times just in case the situation comes up.