(Summer 1942)

DC, 1942 Series
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Price
0.10 USD
Pages
68
Indicia frequency
Quarterly
On-sale date
1942-07-18
Indicia / Colophon Publisher
Wonder Woman Publishing Company, Inc.
Brand
A Superman DC Publication
Editing
Sheldon Mayer (editor); Alice Marble (associate editor)
Color
color
Dimensions
standard Golden Age US; then standard Silver Age US; then standard Modern Age US
Binding
saddle-stitched (squarebound #211, 214, 217, 300)
Publishing Format
was ongoing series

Issue Notes

The on-sale date is the publication date reported in the U. S. Copyright Office filing. On-sale date of July 22 given in Green Lantern #4.


[no title indexed] (Table of Contents)

Wonder Woman / cover / 1 page (report information)

Pencils
Harry Peter
Inks
Harry Peter
Colors
?
Letters
?

Genre
superhero
Characters
Wonder Woman [Diana Prince]; the Nazis
Reprints
Keywords
Magic lasso

Introducing Miss Alice Marble as Associate Editor of Wonder Woman! (Table of Contents: 1)

text article / 1 page (report information)

Script
?
Pencils
?
Inks
?
Letters
typeset

Reprints

Indexer Notes

inside front cover; photos and text on Alice Marble and Helen Wainwright Sterling

Wonder Woman, Who Is She? (Table of Contents: 2)

Wonder Woman / character profile / 1 page (report information)

Script
William Marston
Pencils
Harry Peter
Inks
Harry Peter
Colors
?
Letters
Typeset

Genre
superhero
Characters
Wonder Woman [Diana Prince]; Aphrodite; Athena; Mercury; Hercules
Synopsis
The Gods behind the epithet, "Beautiful as Aphrodite, Wise as Athena, Strong as Hercules and Swift as Mercury," are visually and in text introduced to the reader.
Reprints

[The Origin of Wonder Woman] (Table of Contents: 3)

Wonder Woman / comic story / 13 pages (report information)

Script
William Marston [as Charles Moulton] (signed)
Pencils
Harry Peter [as H. G. Peter] (signed)
Inks
Harry Peter [as H. G. Peter] (signed)
Colors
?
Letters
?

Genre
superhero
Characters
Wonder Woman [Diana Prince] (origin re-told); Aphrodite (goddess of love and beauty, introduction); Hercules (introduction); Queen Hippolyte (origin); the Amazons (origin re-told); Steve Trevor; Mala; Colonel Darnell; Dr. Hellas (famed archaeologist); Athena (goddess of wisdom); Doctor Althea (Amazon doctor, introduction); Fatsis (Amazon); unnamed Japanese agent (villain, introduction); Heinrich Fritz Uber (villain, Hitler's Chief Agent, only mentioned); Mars [aka Ares] (villain, god of war); Hercules (villain)
Synopsis
Upon her arrival in man's world, Wonder Woman drops an Amazon scroll that details the origin and early days of the Amazons, while later sources outline her birth, her youth, and her battle in the arena for the right to be Wonder Woman.
Reprints
Keywords
Amazonia; Invisible Plane; magic girdle; magic lasso; Paradise Island; purple ray; Robot Plane

Indexer Notes

Story title from reprints.

Wonder Woman's origin from All-Star Comics (DC, 1940 series) #8 is shown with more detail, including the creation of the Amazons from clay by Aphrodite, and Diana's birth on Paradise Island: sculpted from clay by Hippolyte's hand under the direction of Athena, and brought to life by Aphrodite.

Wonder Woman is shown here to receive her magic lasso along with her costume after winning the contest, whereas she originally received her lasso after having lived in man's world for a time, as shown in Sensation Comics (DC, 1942 series) #6.

Captain Trevor is promoted to Major.

[no title indexed] (Table of Contents: 4) (Expand) /

All-Flash / promo (ad from the publisher) / 0.5 page (report information)

[no title indexed] (Table of Contents: 5) (Expand) /

Green Lantern / promo (ad from the publisher) / 0.5 page (report information)

Wonder Woman Goes to the Circus! (Table of Contents: 6)

Wonder Woman / comic story / 13 pages (report information)

Script
William Marston [as Charles Moulton] (signed)
Pencils
Harry Peter [as H. G. Peter] (signed)
Inks
Harry Peter [as H. G. Peter] (signed)
Colors
?
Letters
?

Genre
superhero
Characters
Wonder Woman [Diana Prince]; Steve Trevor; Etta Candy; the Holliday Girls; Dom Carney (trapeze artist, introduction); Ed King (circus owner, introduction); Elva King (Ed's niece, introduction); San Yan (villain, head elephant keeper of the circus, introduction); Mike Mulgoon (villain, head of Strongarm Protective Association, introduction); Mike Mulgoon (villain, introduction); Torrence "Slugger" McGee (villain, introduction); group of Burmese men (villains, circus employees, introduction for all)
Synopsis
Wonder Woman brings children to King's Colossal Circus, performs in the big ring, and with the help of Etta and Steve, investigates a rash of elephant deaths by poisoning which threaten to close the circus.
Reprints
Keywords
King's Colossal Circus; Magic lasso

Florence Nightingale "Angel of Crimea" (Table of Contents: 7)

Wonder Women of History / comic story / 4 pages (report information)

Script
Alice Marble (signed)
Pencils
Sheldon Moldoff
Inks
Sheldon Moldoff
Colors
?
Letters
?

Genre
biography
Characters
Florence Nightingale; Florence's unnamed Nana; Florence's unnamed father; John (Florence's ex-fiancee); Tommy; Queen Victoria; King Edward VII
Synopsis
The story of Florence Nightingale (1820-1910) who sacrificed personal happiness to nurse soldiers on the Crimean War front and throughout her life.
Reprints

Indexer Notes

Credits verified by Jerry Bails.

[Wonder Woman versus the Prison Spy Ring] (Table of Contents: 8)

Wonder Woman / comic story / 13 pages (report information)

Script
William Marston [as Charles Moulton] (signed)
Pencils
Harry Peter [as H. G. Peter] (signed)
Inks
Harry Peter [as H. G. Peter] (signed)
Colors
?
Letters
?

Genre
superhero
Characters
Wonder Woman [Diana Prince]; Colonel Darnell; Steve Trevor; unnamed prison warden (introduction); Freddy (warden's son, introduction); Mabel (warden's daughter, introduction); Captain Loyal (captured soldier, introduction, death); Heinrich (villain, introduction); Baroness Paula von Gunther (villain, death); Swipe (villain, prison guard, introduction, death); the Nazis (villains, introduction for all, many die)
Synopsis
Suspecting Paula von Gunther of leaking military secrets, Diana and Steve visit her in prison, where Paula is aided in her subterfuge when the magic lasso accidentally falls into her hands.
Reprints
Keywords
Magic lasso

Indexer Notes

Story title from reprints. Reprint note from Error Report by Darci.

The image of Wonder Woman riding a horse on the splash page was used for the cover. Mabel is shown reading an issue of Sensation Comics. This story was the basis for an episode of the Wonder Woman TV series, "Wonder Woman Meets Baroness Von Gunther." Paula is shot and killed at story's end, although she's alive in her next appearance, Sensation Comics (DC, 1942 series) #12, because an "electric machine she invented brought her back to life."

A Message From Phil (Table of Contents: 9)

text story / 2 pages (report information)

Script
Jack Miller [as Jay Marr] (signed)
Letters
typeset

Genre
adventure; war
Characters
Phillip Downs; Phillys (Phillip's twin sister); Dr. Rines; Uncle William; Sergeant Ryan (Policeman); Lt. Commander Rawlings (British sub base commander)
Synopsis
Phillip's invention, a miraculous combination compressed air and water suction valve, is stolen and he and his brother believe the Nazis had stolen it to use on their U-Boats.
Reprints

Indexer Notes

Writer credit by Craig Delich, confirmed by the Who's Who.

[no title indexed] (Table of Contents: 10)

Sweet Adeline / comic story / 2 pages (report information)

Script
Art Helfant (signed)
Pencils
Art Helfant (signed)
Inks
Art Helfant (signed)
Colors
?
Letters
Art Helfant ?

First Line of Dialogue or Text
Can anybody tell me why we bought this danged hotel?
Genre
humor
Characters
Adeline; Adeline's unnamed father; Hy; Snort (oil expert)
Synopsis
Adeline's father buys a hotel. When the hotel's tenants complain that the water tastes like oil, he hires an oil expert to see if there is oil on the property.
Reprints

Indexer Notes

Letterer credit added by Craig Delich.

[no title indexed] (Table of Contents: 11) (Expand) /

Mutt & Jeff / promo (ad from the publisher) / 0.5 page (report information)

Another Big Issue of All-Star (Table of Contents: 12) (Expand) /

All-Star Comics / promo (ad from the publisher) / 0.5 page (report information)

The Greatest Feat of Daring in Human History! (Table of Contents: 13)

Wonder Woman / comic story / 13 pages (report information)

Script
William Marston [as Charles Moulton] (signed)
Pencils
Harry Peter [as H. G. Peter] (signed)
Inks
Harry Peter [as H. G. Peter] (signed)
Colors
?
Letters
?

Genre
superhero
Characters
Wonder Woman [Diana Prince]; Etta Candy; Private Mint Candy (Etta's brother, introduction); Steve Trevor; Colonel Darnell; unnamed train porter (introduction); Captain Diaz (introduction); unnamed President of the Corrida (introduction); Pancho (villain, informant, introduction, death); Pepita Valdez (villain, bullfighter, introduction, reforms); Japanese spies (villains, introduction for all, some die)
Synopsis
When Etta's brother is attacked by spies, Wonder Woman and Etta trail them from Texas to Mexico City, where Wonder Woman fights a bullfight and stops a secret Japanese invasion of Mexico.
Reprints
Keywords
Magic lasso; mental radio

Indexer Notes

Wonder Woman crashes a car into a tree to avoid hitting Etta, seemingly killing the other passengers, noting they were "too lazy to jump in time." Instead of using the magic lasso, Wonder Woman hypnotizes Mint to determine what he revealed to the Mexican spies.

The Big Eight! (Table of Contents: 14) (Expand) /

promo (ad from the publisher) / 1 page (report information)

Editorial Advisory Board (Table of Contents: 15) (Expand) /

promo (ad from the publisher) / 0.33 page (report information)

Little Oscar's First Air Raid by Lydia Mead (Table of Contents: 16)

Good Books Worth Reading / text article / 0.67 page (report information)

Script
Josette Frank
Pencils
? (illustration)
Inks
? (illustration)
Letters
typeset

Genre
non-fiction
Synopsis
Book review of book by Lydia Mead with drawings by Oscar Fabres.
Reprints

Indexer Notes

Also includes a "Superman's Secret Message" (in code Pluto No. 8).

[no title indexed] (Table of Contents: 17)

public service announcement / 1 page (report information)

Script
Henry Morgenthau, Jr. (credited)
Pencils
? (illustration)
Inks
? (illustration)
Colors
?
Letters
?; typeset

First Line of Dialogue or Text
A special message to the boys and girls of America from Henry Morgenthau, Jr. - Secretary of the Treasury!
Genre
advocacy
Synopsis
The publishers donated this space, on behalf of the U.S. Savings Bonds and War Stamps campaign, to published a letter from the Secretary of the Treasury, Henry Morgenthau, Jr., encouraging the boys and girls of America to buy at least one 10 cent Savings Stamp each week to help the war effort.
Reprints

Indexer Notes

Back cover.

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Series Information
Table of Contents
  1. 0. [no title indexed]
    Wonder Woman
  2. 1. Introducing Miss Alice Marble as Associate Editor of Wonder Woman!
  3. 2. Wonder Woman, Who Is She?
    Wonder Woman
  4. 3. [The Origin of Wonder Woman]
    Wonder Woman
  5. 4. ["Here's good news, boys and girls..."]
    All-Flash
  6. 5. ["Green Lantern and Doiby Dickles join the army!"]
    Green Lantern
  7. 6. Wonder Woman Goes to the Circus!
    Wonder Woman
  8. 7. Florence Nightingale "Angel of Crimea"
    Wonder Women of History
  9. 8. [Wonder Woman versus the Prison Spy Ring]
    Wonder Woman
  10. 9. A Message From Phil
  11. 10. ["Can anybody tell me why we bought this danged hotel?"]
    Sweet Adeline
  12. 11. ["Here we are again..."]
    Mutt & Jeff
  13. 12. Another Big Issue of All-Star
    All-Star Comics
  14. 13. The Greatest Feat of Daring in Human History!
    Wonder Woman
  15. 14. The Big Eight!
  16. 15. Editorial Advisory Board
  17. 16. Little Oscar's First Air Raid by Lydia Mead
    Good Books Worth Reading
  18. 17. ["A special message to the boys and girls of America from Henry Morgenthau, Jr. - Secretary of the Treasury!"]
This issue was most recently modified by:
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  • Donald Dale Milne
  • Mike Nielsen
  • Jim Van Dore
  • Craig Delich
  • R. S. Martin
  • Matthew Head
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