Friday, August 20, 2010
DC75: The New Wonder Woman is Here! (Wonder Woman #178, 1968)
For thirty years, Princess Diana had played the dual identity game. Wonder Woman was the super-heroine and object of Colonel Steve Trevor's affection, while Lieutenant Diana Prince allowed her access to sensitive government information, a mild alter ego, and close proximity to the man she loved. However, when Wonder Woman was forced to give damning testimony against a framed Trevor, Steve was found guilty, and the affection in his heart was gone. Diana decried her double life, snapping her show glasses in half, and swearing to save Steve as a whole woman.
For the next several years, Diana Prince would dress like a fashionable lady of the time and operate outside the aegis of "Wonder Woman." Those famous glasses and any pretense of a secret identity were cast off until the series setting returned to the World War II era. While the mousy military secretary would return in the present toward the end of the '70s, the revival would only last a few years before being discarded again for twenty-plus years. This was the dawn of a revolutionary new era...
Check out more highlights from the past 75 years of DC Comics at The Truly Most Memorable Moments of the DC Dodranscentennial