Thursday, May 31, 2018

“Wonder Girl's Mystery Suitor!” (July, 2000)



On a shore of Paradise Island, Queen Hippolyta looked on as her teenage daughter Diana used her Amazon bracelets to deflect lightning bolts during a rainstorm. Aphrodite appeared in the heavens to condemn this frivolous use of the pantheon's gifts, and ordered Diana to find an appropriate suitor by sundown to prove herself worthy of the Goddess of Love's continued patronage. Diana was swiftly propositioned by her Silver Age beaus Mer-Boy and Bird-Boy, but she only had eyes for a beautiful new arrival, Centaur-Boy. This suitor demonstrated great powers, but was also terribly conceited, only wishing to talk about himself. Though she struggled with her desire for him, Diana ultimately lassoed him to demand the truth. "Your beauty is only skin deep, Centaur-- and I could never love anyone whose flaws outweighed his charm! You're part of Aphrodite's test, aren't you?"

And so it went that Centaur-Boy was a mere illusion, and Aphrodite congratulated Diana's passing the true test to gauge her understanding of "the value of the love that powers you... No matter what the threat, you must always be true to your heart-- and never give it to one unworthy!" Centaur-Boy vanished, leaving Wonder Girl to contemplate whether she would someday choose between Mer-Boy and Bird-Boy.

“Wonder Girl's Mystery Suitor!” was a short back-up story in Silver Age 80-Page Giant #1 by Mark Waid & Ty Templeton

Tuesday, May 8, 2018

Silver Age: Teen Titans (July, 2000)



In an adventure set during the early days of the Teen Titans, Wonder Girl Donna Troy was helping her friends read their fan mail, and said of one solicitation to take her to the prom, "Ha ha ha. Tell him my eight-foot alien boyfriend doesn't like me dating other guys." An autocratic lawman at the beachfront property of the ultra-rich Seaside used hi-tech mind control and a well armed masked gestapo to create a town of Stepford teens. Individual young people manage to temporarily rebel and send letters seeking the aid of the Titans. Wonder Girl suffered the archer Speedy's incessant flirtations while investigating with Robin, Kid Flash and Aqualad. Soon, the team was forced to battle Sheriff John Law's police force, captured, and tortured. In Wonder Girl's case, she was held in space by magnetic poles repelling shackles holding her arms and legs. With Robin unable to think, Speedy came up with a plan that used Donna's magnets to help free the team. Donna complimented Speedy, which only invited more advances.

Meanwhile, the alien Agamemno caused the foes of the Justice League of America to swap bodies with our young heroes' mentors. Batman in The Penguin's body, Aquaman in Black Manta's, and Flash in Mr. Element's sought help from their charges, but found that they were off on a mission. Tracing the Titans to Seaside, the trip was unable to convince their wards of their true identities, and a three way clash ensued involving Sheriff Law and the Titans themselves being mind-controlled. Eventually, "The Penguin" helped Robin overcome his conditioning and capture Law's men, while the Sheriff himself appeared to perish and the "villains" made their escape. In a story largely centered on Robin, the Boy Wonder never does manage to figure out that Batman and Penguin have swapped places, despite some rather arch tells. "The Tyrannical Terror of Sheriff Law" was by Marv Wolfman, Pat Oliffe, and Andrew Hennessy. For my taste, there were far too many turnabouts without much actual progress, and the premise was exactly the sort of arch throwaway nonsense that makes me continue to avoid actual Silver Age Titans material. Oliffe draws a lovely Donna, but she isn't given much to do.

Friday, October 27, 2017

Professor Marston and the Wonder Women (2017)

Episode #18

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Pekita Trotamundos joins Frank to discuss Angela Robinson's new film about Wonder Woman creator William Moulton Marston, his wife Elizabeth, and their extended family member Olive Byrne (as portrayed by Luke Evans, Rebecca Hall & Bella Heathcote.) We also look deeper into the factual history of the Amazing Amazon's creation and charges of historical inaccuracy leveled against the docudrama.

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Wednesday, September 20, 2017

Noble Pyrates All

Episode #17

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This episode, Frank covers the first major arc of the William Messner-Loebs run, "Exile in Space," which ran in Wonder Woman vol. 2 (1987 series) #66-71 (1992-1993.) Since nobody actually refers to the "Space Pirates" story by that name, we'll use the story title from #69 instead. This is one of Frank's favorite legends of the Amazing Amazon, featuring art by Paris Cullins and a host of inkers, with an especially epic series of Brian Bolland covers. This time, the show will run without commercial interruption.

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Thursday, August 17, 2017

Whom Gods Destroy featuring Chris Claremont

Episode #16

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This episode, we look at a pair of the very few Elseworlds out-of-continuity "imaginary stories" with Wonder Woman as a billed star. First we adapt previous coverage of 2003's The Blue Amazon one-shot special by Randy & Jean-Marc Lofficier with art by Ted McKeever. The core of the episode is a fresh look at 1996's Superman/Wonder Woman: Whom Gods Destroy prestige format 4-issue mini-series by Chris Claremont, Dusty Abell and Drew Geraci. As a special bonus, coverage includes excerpts from a 2016 interview with the writer discussing this project.

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Tuesday, July 4, 2017

The Darkness Within (1992)

Episode #15

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Eclipso and The White Magician are the focus of our newest episode and latest entry into a social media crossover, Best Event Ever 2017. Besides the William Messner-Loebs scripted Wonder Woman Annual #3, we also see Princess Diana in Justice League America Annual #6, The Adventures of Superman Annual #4, and Eclipso: The Darkness Within #2 plus the Justice League cartoon series episode "Eclipsed" from 2003. As a service to the event, we also look at the Eclipso-only stories from Deathstroke the Terminator Annual #1, The New Titans Annual #8, and of all things, Ambush Bug Nothing Special #1.

#BestEventEver Eclipso

  1. Eclipso: The Darkness Within #1

    Chris Is On Infinite Earths

  2. Professor Alan's Comic Book Reading Journal


  3. Superman: The Man of Steel Annual #1

    Resurrections-An Adam Warlock Podcast Episode 61


  4. Green Lantern Annual #1

    For the Non-Discerning Reader


  5. Detective Comics Annual #5

    For the Non-Discerning Reader


  6. Superman Annual #4

    For the Non-Discerning Reader


  7. Justice League America Annual #6

    Professor Alan's Comic Book Reading Journal


  8. The Demon Annual #1

    Professor Alan's Comic Book Reading Journal


  9. The Flash Annual #5

    Coffee & Comics Podcast


  10. Action Comics Annual #4

    Professor Alan's Comic Book Reading Journal


  11. Wonder Woman Annual #3

    Diana Prince is the New Wonder Woman


  12. Green Arrow Annual #5

    Professor Alan's Comic Book Reading Journal


  13. Robin Annual #1

    Chris Is On Infinite Earths


  14. Hawkworld Annual #3

    Pop Culture Palace Presents


  15. Deathstroke: The Terminator Annual #1

    Diana Prince is the New Wonder Woman


  16. The New Titans Annual #8

    Diana Prince is the New Wonder Woman


  17. Justice League Europe Annual #3

    Resurrections-An Adam Warlock Podcast Episode 62


  18. Batman Annual #16

    Professor Alan's Comic Book Reading Journal


  19. L.E.G.I.O.N. '92 Annual #3

    I'm the Gun


  20. The Adventures of Superman Annual #4

    Professor Alan's Comic Book Reading Journal


  21. Eclipso: The Darkness Within #2

    I'm the Gun


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Wednesday, May 31, 2017

Spirit of Truth & Justice (2001-2007)

Episode #14

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JLMay 2017-- The Justice maxi-series Podcast Crossover Event is over, but Frank offers a bitter little pill of an epilogue as he discusses Alex Ross' Wonder Woman work in Kingdom Come along with synopses of Wonder Woman: Spirit of Truth (2001) and Justice (2005-2007).



From here follow JLMay 2017 to these fantastic podcasts! Each will cover a different issue of JUSTICE and each will come out in May! And don’t forget to use the hashtag #JLMay when discussing on social media!
  1. Aquaman and Firestorm: The Fire and Water Podcast ep. 193
  2. Super Mates 70: The Husband & Wife Geekcast!
  3. The Idol Head of Diabolu: A Martian Manhunter Podcast #30
  4. Views from the Longbox Episode 263: A somewhat regular podcast about comic books.
  5. Pulp 2 Pixel Podcast: Secret Sagas of the Multiverse #26
  6. The LanternCast Episode #279: The Foremost Green Lantern Podcast on the Internet!
  7. Shazamcast: Earth's Mightiest Captain Marvel Podcast
  8. Comic Reflections (Weekly Discussion of Gold, Silver, and Bronze age Comics)
  9. Silver and Gold 28: The Booster Gold and Captain Atom Podcast
  10. The Power of Fishnets 22: The Black Canary and Zatanna Podcast
  11. Waiting for Doom (The Doom Patrol Podcast) Episode 95
  12. Justice’s First Dawn: A Classic Justice League of America Podcast




This episode's non-paying advertisers:
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