464 – Wonder Woman Origin Retelling

Wonder Woman #45 (November 1950), includes a re-telling of Wonder Woman’s origin. It describes in detail how Aphrodite awarded Queen Hippolyte a magic girdle, and how Hercules tricked her into giving up the girdle, rendering the Amazons helpless against Hercules’ army. Hippolyte makes a plea to Aphrodite, who agrees to help the Amazons this one […]

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349 – Wonder Girl!

In Wonder Woman #23 (March 1947), Queen Hippolyta shows what amounts to be a “home movie” of Diana as a seven-year old girl who bests alien invaders and rescues Amazons. This is the first appearance of Wonder Girl. Versions of Wonder Woman at various young ages become a popular story-telling device in the pages of […]

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244 – Hippolyta Hops

Queen Hippolyta leaves Paradise Island for the first time to help out her daughter in Sensation Comics #26 (December 1943). She finds out Wonder Woman is being threatened, prays to Aphrodite to let her leave, and is granted her wish but cannot reveal her identity to anyone – even Diana. I also notice that Wonder […]

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198 – Queen Hippolyte

In July 1942, Wonder Woman joins the ranks of Superman, Batman, Flash and Green Lantern in getting her own self-titled regular comic book. Wonder Woman #1 features a much expanded origin story both of Wonder Woman and of the Amazons, including Queen Hippolyte (later Hippolyta) facing off against a ridiculously muscle-bound Hercules.

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177 – Wonder Woman!

In All-Star Comics #8 (October 1941), the third of DC’s “Trinity” finally arrives: Wonder Woman! Tucked behind a Justice Society of America story (in which Hourman and Green Lantern have been replaced by Starman and Dr. Mid-Nite), Dr. William Moulton Marston, aka Charles Moulton gives us the definitive Wonder Woman origin story. This story has […]

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