|Like the two
previous Wonder Woman Archives, this book includes Golden Age comic reprints
in a deluxe format. The paper quality is excellent, and the original comic
colors look brighter and fresher than ever. This volume includes stories
from Sensation Comics, as well as early issues of Wonder Woman's self-titled
book. All were originally offered on newstands in 1943.
This volume has quite a few
distinctions: it includes the first appearances of Dr Psycho and the Cheetah,
art from newspaper comics veteran Frank Godwin, and some of the earliest
long-form comic stories for a superhero. Here's a complete list of the
stories/comic issues that appear in this volume:
1. "The Secret City of the
Incas" (from Sensation Comics #18, June '43) Wonder Woman must find an
hidden Incan mountain kingdom to rescue Etta and the Holliday Girls...before
a secret Japanese battalion arrives.
2. "The Unbound Amazon"
(from Sensation Comics #19, July '43) WW is taken prisoner by Nazi lumberjacks;
little do they know that she'll go wild when they remove her Amazonian
3. "Battle For Womanhood"
and "Etta Candy and Her Holliday Girls," "Mars Invades The Moon" and "The
Return of Doctor Psycho" (all from from Wonder Woman #5, June '43) In "Battle...",
Dr Psycho uses his 'paranormal' powers to spread distrust of women, at
Mars and the Duke of Deception's behest. "Etta..." is a short tale in which
Miss Candy foils a fake burglary, quite by accident. In "Mars Invades...",
Wonder Woman and Paula take a Kanga to the moon to liberate the Goddess
Diana's nymphs. And in the final tale, the diminutive Psycho fakes his
death and escapes prison.
4. "The Girl With The Gun"
(from Sensation Comics #20, August '43) Wonder Woman must prove the innocence
of a WAAC in a case of attempted murder...or the future of women in armed
services may be at risk!
5. "War Against Society"
(from Sensation Comics #21, September '43) Wonder Woman must stop the rise
of an "American Hitler"...a crime boss who threatens to undermine the American
6. "Wonder Woman and the
Cheetah," "The Adventures of the Beauty Club" and "The Conquest of Paradise"
(all from Wonder Woman #6, Fall '43) Priscilla Rich, the original Cheetah
debuts in a trio of adventures.
7. "The Secret Submarine"
(from Sensation Comics #22, October '43) The Cheetah re-emerges, and takes
WW on a deadly undersea voyage.
8. "War Laugh Mania" (from
Sensation Comics #23, November '43) Wonder Woman uncovers an insidious
plot to undermine American wartime production with the help of Etta and
9. "The Adventure of the
Pilotless Plane" (from Sensation Comics #24, December '43) The Japanese
develop a gas bomb to disable American planes...but to combat them, WW
must first free herself and Steve Trevor from a dungeon.
10. "The Adventure of the
Life Vitamin," "America's Wonder Women of Tomorrow," "The Secret Weapon"
and "Demon Of The Depths" (all from Wonder Woman #7, Winter '43) The first
three stories take place in 3000 AD, as Queen Hyppolyte and Wonder Woman
watch through the magic sphere. They include the election of America's
first woman president, a secret Amazonian invention, and Steve Trevor is
his own skimpy outfit. "Demon..." deals with a rebellious Amazon girl named
Gerta, one WW must teach 'loving obedience' to if the girl is to have a
This volume includes an informative
foreward by Les Daniels, and a page of biographies for Charles Marston,
HG Peter and Frank Godwin. The only bad point I can fault this book with
is really moot: the "patriotic" stereotyping and slang used for Germans
and Japanese was typical of wartime America. Aside from the occasional
lapse into negative stereotypes, characterization in these stories is generally
strong. Etta Candy is in fine form, Steve tends to be helpful, and WW's
rogues gallery welcomes two formidable members.
Dimensions (in inches): 0.80 x 10.52 x 7.04