385 – Villainy Inc

1948 starts out with a new super-villain team-up: Villainy Inc. makes their debut in Wonder Woman #32 (January 1948). Giganta, Doctor Poison, and Cheetah join some other minor Wonder Woman villains are led by Eviless from Saturn to take on Wonder Woman.

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384 – Moon Girl and the Prince

The lineup for EC Comics begins to shift at the end of 1947 after Max Gaines’ untimely boating death, when William Gaines takes over the reins. In December 1947, Moon Girl and the Prince debuts. Moon Girl is a girl from Samarkand who has super strength and a moon rock which gives her even more […]

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372 – Super Villain Team-up

While this is certainly not the first villain team-up, All-Star Comics #37 (August 1947) may include the most dramatic one yet: The Injustice Society of the World. The line-up is impressive: The Wizard, The Thinker, The Brain Wave, The Gambler, Vandal Savage and Degaton but the individual hero stories are, as usual, kind of lame. […]

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353 – Per Degaton

More science fiction stuff from DC in April 1947 with All-Star Comics #35. Per Degaton is introduced, who steals a time machine and goes back into the past to prevent Alexander the Great from winning a key battle in order to become ruler of the present-day Earth. As a result, technology starts to disappear in […]

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351 – Death to Steve Trevor

In Sensation Comics #66 (April 1947), Steve Trevor is shot and killed accidentally by a kid playing with his father’s gun. In a fit of grief, Wonder Woman rushes Steve to Paula von Gunther, who uses the purple ray to heal Steve. Phew, I really thought Wonder Woman’s love interest and most important supporting cast […]

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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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296 – Amazons in Shorts

In Comic Cavalcade #12 (September 1945), Dalma the Amazon gets jealous of Wonder Woman’s adventures and decides to remove her bracelets and leave Paradise Island. In a wacky mix-up, she mugs a girl, steals her clothing and then fails to put it on properly, resulting in a scandal where she walks down the street in […]

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294 – Electronic Strength

Since the transistor was invented in 1947, I was surprised to see “electronics” mentioned in Sensation Comics #46 (August 1945) until I remembered that vacuum tubes had been around for a few decades by then. Even so, it’s called “the new science of electronics” on the splash page. It’s pretty odd timing since the atomic […]

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279 – Darnell Rank

Colonel Darnell helps Wonder Woman foil an evil plot of Countess Draska – (a replacement villain for Baroness Paula) in Sensation Comics #40 (February 1945). As a result, he ends up being promoted to a General. I like how Wonder Woman at least tried to do an actual love triangle for awhile.

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270 – Moar Villains

In Sensation Comics #36 (October 1944), Wonder Woman is beset by a league of her villains all at once. From left-to-right we have Giganta, the Duke of Deception, Blakfu of the Mole Men, Cheetah, Queen Clea of Atlantis, Doctor Psycho, and the ringleader of this story – a jealous actor named Bedwin Footh.

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