Tuesday, November 30, 2010

Super Friends #24 (April, 2010)

A hotel on Oolong Island hosted a conference of the W.O.R.M.S.-- World Organization for Research of Mad Science! Some of the finest evil eggheads had gathered for the annual event, to showcase their wares and determine who would reign as the greatest criminal genius of all.

Among the attendees were a Bronze Age Wonder Woman villainess and an obscure Silver Age Martian Manhunter foil:
"Nice to meet you, Doctor Cyber. I'm Professor Hugo."
"Professor Hugo Strange?"
"No, Hugo Strange is over there. I'm Professor Hugo."
"Hugo... Strange?"

Meanwhile, Dr. Poison had a chat with Dr. Sivana Junior.

Based on a tip from Lex Luthor, Wonder Woman joined the Super Friends in raiding the event. The Amazing Amazon wrestled with a werewolf minion until it was accidentally hit with a shrink ray by Georgia Sivana. "With this many villains, it's hard for them to attack us without getting in each other's way!" The villains also had their own animosities, as when the robot Super-Duper (sporting a replica of Wonder Woman's head and several heroes' powers) was dismantled by Amazo (possessed of the Justice League founders' abilities,) which was dealt the same blow.

Recalling a Silver Age story, Wonder Woman was almost molested by a giant amoeba, until Aquaman's command of water-based lifeforms allowed him to redirect the threat against its maker, Doc Morhar.

The Super Friends were briefly made to sleep at the mental command of telepathic fiends. Dr. Poison suggested the villains "spray them with a giant tank of poison!" Professor Amos Fortune found that "so obvious!" At the suggestion of Dr. Sivana, a variety of potentially lethal mechanisms were employed against the Super Friends in one big death trap, including Poison's poison. However a brief lapse in the no-goodniks' collective attention was all Wonder Woman and company needed to liberate themselves. Dr. Cyber ordered, "Everyone with ray guns-- fire!" However, the Flash had speedily swiped them all, while Wonder Woman lassoed all the monsters at the scientists' disposal, and Superman dismantled the robots.

The Super Friends visited all the male mad scientists in prison, where Wonder Woman presented to them a giant tomato (*ahem*.) "Your size rays can produce giant food to feed the hungry! Your robots can build houses for the homeless-- not to mention fixing the hotel you damaged!" The bad guys wept that their nefarious contraptions had been used for the good of the world.

"Weird Science" was brought to you by Sholly Fisch, with art credited to Dario Brizuela, although online sources report it was actually J. Bone. Presumably, the same creative team supplied a single page back-up strip, "Mad Science Corner with Doctor Cyber."

"When I'm not busy fighting Wonder Woman, I like to perform fiendish experiments here in my lab. Here's one you can do, to build a volcano in your own kitchen! First, gather everything you'll need. Personally, I usually steal it all. But you should just ask your mom and dad." Cyber went on to explain and demonstrate the science fare staple. "Hmm... you know, with a giant one of these, I bet I could flood the city..."

Saturday, November 27, 2010

1991-92 Impel DC Cosmic Cards #76- Troia

A lot of the art choices for this card set felt like nostalgia week at the old pros home, so even though I think this (unused?) Troia costume is even more awful than most, it's a breath of fresh air in context. Ed Barreto had finally left The New Titans after an overlong stay on the inappropriate vehicle, and George Pérez returned just long enough to complete his work ruining Donna Troy begun with the Wonder Woman relaunch. Then along came Tom Grummett, recalling the energy of John Byrne in his prime, but without the cheap shortcuts. Al Vey was his Terry Austin, embellishing the work with kinetic inks that anticipated the Image style. They should have become superstars in their own right, but Grummett broke up the team and switched to a simpler, more cartoonish look, while Vey just sort of faded away.

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Tuesday, November 23, 2010

Wonder Woman & Diana Prince Paper Dolls by Margaret Menamin

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A few months back, I was directed to Marges8's Blog. Margery Schaffer, says of herself:

I have been a paper doll collector since I was 5 years old. I try to limit the items to pre 1949, but there is always something that catches my eye and ends up in my collection, especially from the modern day artists.

I'm not sure where Margaret Menamin falls on that timeline, but this great Wonder Woman sure looks vintage. Unfortunately, aside from noting that it was purchased at the May 2010 Northern Ohio Paper Doll Party, Schaffer offers no additional information. However, you can see both the full size Wonder Woman and a separate sheet for Diana Prince here.

Saturday, November 20, 2010

Sensational Comics for February, 2011

Sensational Links:
Wonder Woman
Written by SHOLLY FISCH Art and cover by RICK BURCHETT & DAN DAVIS Here comes the bride! It’s Valentine’s Day and you’re invited to the wedding of…Batman and Wonder Woman?! On sale FEBRUARY 9 • 32 pg, FC, $2.99 US
This looks nifty!
Written by J. MICHAEL STRACZYNSKI & PHIL HESTER Art and cover by DON KRAMER & JAY LEISTEN 1:10 Variant cover by ALEX GARNER

Flashes of a destroyed Themyscira haunt Diana all over again as an Amazon safe house is completely destroyed. The culprits? Cheetah and Silver Swan, who work for the mysterious Morrigan. How does Diana get out of this one? According to Cheetah, “You run…” Retailers please note: This issue will ship with two covers.

Please see the Previews Order Form for more information. On sale FEBRUARY 23 • 32 pg, FC, $2.99 US
Phil Hester is a pretty good writer whose run I might have picked up in trade paperback, were he telling his own story. Instead, he's stuck doing the actual work after JMS dashed out some plots on a Post-It note for the other 2/3rds of his "twelve issue run." Maybe Hester can work in some of his unused Vampirella plans into this, or perhaps wait for Dynamite to give him a ring again?


Written by TONY BEDARD & MARV WOLFMAN Art by HOWARD PORTER & LIVESAY and ADRIANA MELO & NORMAN LEE Issue #1 wraparound cover by ED BENES Issue #1 1:10 Variant cover by RYAN SOOK Issue #2 cover by ED BENES The DC event of the year begins, coinciding with the release of the wildly anticipated DCU MMO! Get ready for the ride of a lifetime with this immense, 26-issue biweekly series!

In issue #1, Lex Luthor’s obsession with destroying Superman reaches fever pitch when he cuts the ultimate Devil’s deal with Brainiac...but with the shake of a hand, has Luthor consigned humanity to genocide?

In the startling second issue, The Lex Luthor of a post-apocalyptic future scrambles to escape Brainiac’s invasion of Earth, but he must gather an army to stop the invasion. Who will he recruit? And in the present, Brainiac’s first assault on Earth has begun, which recaps the incredibly rare DC UNIVERSE ONLINE LEGENDS #0!

Comic book legend Marv Wolfman joins fan-favorite writer Tony Bedard and artist Howard Porter to tell the ultimate DC Universe Super Hero tale of good versus evil!

Retailers please note: Issue #1 will ship with two covers. Please see the Previews Order Form for more information. Issue #1 on sale FEBRUARY 2 Issue #2 on sale FEBRUARY 16 32 pg, FC, $2.99 US
I'm getting a Trinity flashback. The forgettable weekly series starring DC's big three that only seemed to exist because DC loves the publishing format? Except this is a video game adaptation running concurrently with two other bi-weekly series? Ouch.
JLA/THE 99 #5

The first-ever meeting between DC Comics’ JUSTICE LEAGUE OF AMERICA and Teshkeel Comics’ the 99 continues as both super teams witness the experimental “City of Tomorrow” literally transformed from the world’s greatest hope into a deadly threat to world peace! As Dr. Ramzi’s dream of global harmony melts before their eyes, can the united 99 and JLA reverse the damage?

On sale FEBRUARY 23 • 5 of 6 • 32 pg, FC $2.99 US
Another cover appearance by JMS Wonder Woman. Expect fewer of those in the relatively near future.
Written by MARC GUGGENHEIM Art and cover by JERRY BINGHAM Indebted to a super-powered team called The Zhuguan, Bruce Wayne repays the life-altering favor they bestowed upon him by joining their ranks against their most deadly foe! Marc Guggenheim (JUSTICE SOCIETY OF AMERICA) and classic Batman artist Jerry Bingham (BATMAN: SON OF THE DEMON) present “Super-Powers” part 4 of 5!

On sale FEBRUARY 2 • 32 pg, FC, $2.99 US
So this thing is still going on, presumably with the retro JLofA back-ups. The art inside wasn't as bad as the covers, but still a far cry from Bingham's best.

Superman meets the new Wonder Woman for the first time! But why can’t he shake the feeling that he already knows her? The Man of Steel will have to figure that out later, as the two heroes have their hands full defending Omaha, Nebraska from the evil Keres, a supernatural force determined to rid the town (and the world!) of all Amazons – and they’re not too crazy about Kryptonians, either.Retailers please note: This issue will ship with two covers.

Please see the Previews Order Form for more information. On sale FEBRUARY 9 • 32 pg, FC $2.99 US
Gee, this cover looks familiar. Seems JMS was blowing deadlines like crazy for his overhyped, rightly criticized pretentious new directions. Now he's dumped all his monthly work to write one Superman graphic novel, and hired guns get to slog through his boring new directions based on "story notes." What a turd.

Superman and Batman guest-star in these tales pulled from WONDER WOMAN #139-142, featuring art by Yanick Paquette (BATMAN: THE DARK KNIGHT). But is even this “World’s Finest” team enough to save Wonder Woman from the manipulations of the villainous Oblivion!

On sale FEBRUARY 9 • 96 pg, FC, $7.99 US On sale FEBRUARY 23 • 32 pg, FC, $2.99 US
Eric Luke fell right off the map after this run, huh? I wasn't as bad as Byrne's, but he hasn't exactly been missed. I cannot for the life of me remember what this story was about, other than it continued Diana's chaste one-way affair with Superman. Ugh.
The Art of Vintage DC Comics: 100 Postcards
For more than 70 years, DC Comics has been entertaining children and adults alike. Here, for the first time, is the chronological account of the adventures of both the characters and the company that created them. The DC Chronicle Year by Year traces DC's fascinating story: the company's beginnings as National Allied Publications in the 1934, and its subsequent change to Detective Comics, Inc. in 1937. The book details all the major DC publishing landmarks and more, displayed clearly, month by month.

Highlighting the debuts of Superman and Batman, the geniuses that invented them, and the real-life events-like the Vietnam War, the atom bomb, the Space Race-that shaped the atmosphere of the times, DC Chronicle Year by Year follows the characters' foray into the real world through TV series and blockbuster movies.

Features original cover art by well-known DC artist Ryan Sook and a foreword by Paul Levitz, who was president of DC Comics from 2002 - 2009.
DC Comics Year by Year: A Visual Chronicle
Celebrating the 75th anniversary of DC Comics, these 100 all-different postcards feature the incredible art of DC's comic book covers from the 1930s through the 1980s.
DC Comics Final Crisis [Audio CD]
The novelization of the superhero event starring Batman, Superman, Wonder Woman, and the heroes and villains of the DC Comics Universe Victorious at long last against his enemies on the world of New Genesis, Darkseid has unleashed the forces of Apokolips on Earth. With the secret of the Anti- Life Equation at his command, Darkseid now possesses the ability to eradicate all free will from humanity-and usher in an end to the age of super heroes. Facing an ever growing army of mindless slaves and corrupted heroes, Superman, Batman, Wonder Woman, and the remnants of the Justice League of America find themselves consumed by the ever spreading darkness. They remain humanity's only hope-the only light that will not be extinguished in the world's darkest hour.

Copyright (p) & © 2010 DC Comics. All Rights Reserved. All characters, their distinctive likenesses, and related elements are trademarks of DC Comics.
MSRP: $19.99
All these 75th anniversary items they've been leaving Wonder Woman off of, but here she is on the adaptation of a mini-series she had little to do in. Artemis
Written by ART BALTAZAR and FRANCO Art and cover by MIKE NORTON

Based on the highly anticipated, all-new hit animated show from Warner Bros. debuting in January on Cartoon Network! It’s moving-in day for Superboy and Miss Martian as they choose their rooms at their new headquarters! But the Boy of Steel is haunted by the Cave’s memories and strange visions of his past…

On sale FEBRUARY 16 • 32 pg, FC, $2.99 US
I realize this is really the second issue, but why bother with a #0 scheme if your #1 is going to carry such a weak cover? Wonder Girl (Cassie Sandsmark)

Red Robin finally combines forces with his former teammates in a 2-issue crossover with TEEN TITANS that kicks off right here! Is there even enough room for Tim Drake and Damian Wayne – the new Robin – on one team? Meanwhile, Catman and the Calculator have their own agendas for this highly anticipated reunion! Don’t miss the pulse-pounding second part in this month’s TEEN TITANS #92!

On sale FEBRUARY 9 • 32 pg, FC, $2.99 US
Do I detect the faint aroma of cameo?
Written by J.T. KRUL Art and cover by NICOLA SCOTT & DOUG HAZLEWOOD

In part 2 of the action-packed RED ROBIN/TEEN TITANS crossover, all the players are finally together, but the secrets they’re about to learn may be too much for the team to handle. When all is said and done, which Robin will remain with the team as a full-fledged Titan? Continued from this month’s RED ROBIN #20!
On sale FEBRUARY 23 • 32 pg, FC, $2.99 US
Indeed! And not only in Red Robin!


“Reign of Doomsday” roars on from the pages of January’s STEEL #1! In Markovia, the Eradicator struggles in battle against the murder-machine known as Doomsday! It’s a fight to the death with the lives of Geo-Force, Katana, the Looker, Halo and the Olympian all hanging in the balance! Don’t miss this brutal chapter as the “Reign of Doomsday” storyline stomps toward an explosive summer event! Meanwhile, under arrest by the U.S. government, Black Lightning and his Outsiders team find their backs against the wall as they’re forced to choose between a lifetime of imprisonment or leading an invasion of their former home base in Markovia!

On sale FEBRUARY 16 • 32 pg, FC, $2.99 US
Only the Steel special was mentioned, but note Cassie to the bottom left of the cover. I guess WONDER GIRL #1
 will be a stealth tie-in...
Written by ART BALTAZAR & FRANCO Art and cover by ART BALTAZAR It’s a Shazam Family super special! Mary Batson makes her way to the tree house for a Pet Club meeting with her adorable talking tiger! That’s right! A big, talking tiger named Tawky Tawny who wears a suit and tie and a pair of glasses! Guest-starring Freddie, Hoppy and Billy, too!

On sale FEBRUARY 16 • 32 pg, FC, $2.99 US
Wonder Girl (Donna Troy)

“The Rise of Eclipso” begins here as the dark energies that have surrounded Earth are harnessed once more to usher in the great Lord of Darkness! And it looks like the corruption of all mankind starts with the members of the Justice League! When things go dark, which teammate poses the greatest threat to mankind – Obsidian or Jade?

Retailers please note: This issue will ship with two covers. Please see the Previews Order Form for more information. On sale FEBRUARY 16 • 32 pg, FC, $2.99 US
I'm a fan of Eclipso, especially in bare-chested "God of Vengeance" mode, but I have 0 confidence in this creative team pulling off that level of darkness or scheming. I-Ching
Written by TONY DANIEL Art and cover by TONY DANIEL

Batman uncovers the secrets of Gotham City’s founding fathers and the secrets hidden within the city’s foundation. In a captivating turn of events, The Dark Knight finds that he alone holds the key to stopping the cataclysmic events that loom over Gotham. Don’t miss this stunning finale guest-starring I-Ching and Peacock, a spectacular new heroine from the Far East!

On sale FEBRUARY 16 • 32 pg, FC, $2.99 US
Oh hell-- I dropped this listing, only to see I-Ching return for the big bow.

Secret Origin: The Story of DC Comics
Behind the amazing tales of legendary super heroes is the equally amazing story of the company that told them. So many heroes, so many stories to tell--stories of DC Comics' 75 years of challenges, creativity and triumph. This DC Comics Original Documentary is both a compelling insider's tale and a celebration seen through the inkwell of those who created and lived it, balanced with insights from key historians and filled with interviews, archival footage and a dazzling parade of riveting and splashy DC covers. From the bans to the breakthroughs, from humble pulp beginnings to the literary rise of the graphic novel, the story holds a mirror to an ever-evolving enterprise and the society reflected in its comic book pages. It's an American story.
I haven't seen this yet. Thoughts?

Thursday, November 18, 2010

Monday, November 15, 2010

Tuesday, November 9, 2010

1993 Mayfair Games DC Heroes Role-Playing Game Third Edition Wonder Woman Entry

The Mayfair system was one of the best role-playing programs around for super-heroes, and it was cool that Wonder Woman was featured on the foil-enhanced cover of the 3rd edition. Say, does anyone recall Wonder Woman ever getting any other foil covers? None this nifty, anyway-- especially when you factor in that Kevin Maguire drew it!

The Amazing Amazon was one of twenty-nine characters who were provided playable stats "out of the box," but surprisingly was not one of those gifted with a half-page entry, instead squished under Robin & Starfire (Tim Drake, BTW.) I can't place the art, but I'd guess it was someone like Paris Cullins inked by Mike DeCarlo.

Wonder Woman's Dexterity of 13 allowed her to dodge or catch virtually anything, along the lines of Superman, Cheetah and Captain Marvel. Outside of super-speedsters and cosmic entities, she was virtually untouchable. Strength of 16 placed her in the 1,600-6,400 ton range in a tier with Spectre, Martian Manhunter, Solomon Grundy and Lobo. A Body of 13 equated to titanium hardness, typically at or below the likes of Martian Manhunter and Power Girl. Those were the three attributes used to determine the ability to physically hit something, the damage dealt, and the ability to sustain damage.

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An Intelligence of 9 recalled Hawkman, Martian Manhunter and Gorilla Grodd, making them among a select few world authorities on a given subject. Will of 12 yielded fanatical determination that girded one against sanity-threatening situations faced by Batman types. Mind of 10 indicates an individual with the self-discipline to undergo torture with grace, like Eclipso and Circe. Again, these attributes dealt with psychic assaults, schemes, and stresses.

Influence of 10 afforded international influence also commanded by Amanda Waller, Batman, Circe and John Constantine. Aura of 9 rocked along similar lines, but covered mystique and respect that outstripped most anybody in comics (even Batman was only an 8.) Spirit of 10 expressed a fortitude unalterable by the bleakest circumstances and capable of withstanding attacks from an experienced sorcerer. Batman, Dr. Occult and Mr. Miracle hung at this level.

How these stats related to gameplay was that Wonder Woman could connect her fist with just about anything, and damage the heck out of it while still holding herself up. She was also extremely capable against great intellects and powerful magic. Her flight of 14 was outstanding, but her other special abilities were middling. However, her double digit skills in acrobatics, charisma, martial arts (12!,) military science and weaponry made up for it, as she was without peer. Unfortunately, information on her Lasso of Truth would have to wait for another resource...

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Saturday, November 6, 2010

2010 DC Universe Plushies 7-Inch Wonder Woman

The beloved heroes and the feared villains of DC Comics get a plush makeover from the designers at Funko, to make these characters both soft and lovable to enrapture the next generation of comics fans. Choose from Catwoman, The Penguin, The Joker, or Wonder Woman. Each measures 7" tall.
Available November 2010
MSRP: $13.99

Wednesday, November 3, 2010

Alessandra Torresani as Wonder Woman for Halloween 2010

The former Caprica actress making a play for the David E Kelly TV show Sean Young style, or just an innocent holiday costume? Well, I've seen this suit from the rear, and innocent it isn't...