227 – Doctor Psycho

A new recurring villain for Wonder Woman is introduced in Wonder Woman #5 (May 1943): Doctor Psycho. Doctor Psycho is a misshapen mysogynist dwarf with abilities to hypnotize and can shape ectoplasm into human forms. An equally grotesque villain, The Duke of Deception, enlists Doctor Psycho to prevent women from helping with the war effort.

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213 – Female Justice Society

All-Star Comics #15 (December 1942) features Wonder Woman rallying all the girlfriends of the men of the Justice Society of America to save them. It’s a far cry from A-Force or the Birds of Prey… Wonder Woman is still just the “secretary” of the Justice Society, for crap sakes.. but it’s a start, at least!

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211 – The First Super-Villain Reforms

In December 1942, Wonder Woman #3 features the first time a recurring villain character goes through a reform and becomes an ally of a superhero. Baroness Paula von Gunther is revealed to have become a villain after Nazis kidnapped her child. Having restored her child, Wonder Woman sets out to reform her. And she stays […]

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204 – The Duke of Deception

One of the uglier Wonder Woman nemeses is introduced in Wonder Woman #2 (October 1942): The Duke of Deception! He was one of several generals that the God of War, Ares / Mars kept around. His demigod peers were the Lord of Conquest and the Earl of Greed.

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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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192 – Wonder Woman joins the JSA

In All-Star Comics #11 (April 1942), members of the Justice Society of America decide to join the United States armed forces as civilians to help with World War II. Eventually, the generals decide that having super-powered civilians in the forces is too disruptive, so they decide to form the Justice Battalion of America. In the […]

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191 – Lasso of Truth

Wonder Woman gains her iconic weapon (?), the Lasso of Truth in Sensation Comics #6 (April 1942). But it was more than just forcing her enemies to tell the truth, it forced them to do her bidding.

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187 – Baroness Paula

More female bondage in Sensation Comics #4 (February 1942), when Wonder Woman meets her first recurring character, Nazi criminal Baroness Paula von Gunther. Paula was created by Wonder Woman’s creator, William Moulton Marston.

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186 – Wonder Kink

Early Wonder Woman stories always seem to have something to do with tying up women, teaching them lessons, light bondage and paddlings. Later, this woman from Sensation Comics #3 (January 1942) accepts her punishment and asks for handcuffs.

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182 – Poison and Candy

In the second issue of Sensation Comics (December 1941), Wonder Woman gets her first villain, Doctor Poison, in this incarnation a Japanese princess named Maru who works for the Nazis. To help defeat Doctor Poison, Wonder Woman enlists another supporting character introduced in this issue of Etta Candy. Bad puns aside, I’m a bit fascinated […]

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