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GLORY was Alan Moore's homage to the Wonder Woman mythos, in the way SUPREME was his homage to Superman. It featured one of the more interesting takes on the idea of a secret identity that I've seen.

These pages are from issues 0 and 1.








That's Glory's mother, Demeter, goddess of the tenth sphere, the material world. She's worried about her daughter's recent adoption of a human form and how much time she's spending on the earthly plane. Glory recaps for her mom (and the readers) her history with the material world.












The next page is narrated by the Gloria West identity, not Glory, hence the differently colored caption boxes.




Like in SUPREME, Moore would regularly insert flashbacks to Glory's past adventures, done in the styles of the comics from the eras the flashbacks were taking place in. Essentially pretending that the characters genuinely had a decades-spanning publication history the way their templates (Superman and Wonder Woman) did. Unlike in SUPREME, however, where the flashbacks were shown through Supreme reminiscing about the past ("Hmmm, I remember the first time I met that villain..."), Glory's were portrayed as comics within the story that the characters were picking up and reading, like the one above.

Date: 2009-10-05 10:44 pm (UTC)
From: [identity profile] icon_uk.insanejournal.com
It is an interesting take on it, though one that can only work with the benefit of a retconned in hindsight (if that makes any sense at all).

I love her fascination with the ephemera of, well, ephemeral beings.

Date: 2009-10-06 09:14 pm (UTC)
From: [identity profile] icon_uk.insanejournal.com
I mean in the sense that this approach works because she was created with a complete artificial back catalogue of stories which were uniformly of the idealised type of their period. So she can recall all the Danger Damsel adventures as being amusing and fun, when probably most of them were like her originators adventures, some were fun, some were just bad and many middling stuff.

Wonder Woman couldn't afford to have that sort of a worldview since she has to be an ongoing viable franchise in her own right.

Date: 2009-10-06 12:20 am (UTC)
From: [identity profile] darkknightjrk.insanejournal.com
Souds really interesting--was it ever traded?

Date: 2009-10-06 02:46 am (UTC)
From: [identity profile] okkult3000.insanejournal.com
I think only one or two issues came out before Liefeld's company went under.

Date: 2009-10-06 12:33 am (UTC)
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From: [identity profile] galateus.insanejournal.com
The sassy hard-bitten diner-owners trope never gets old. And heyy, Gloriana kinda reminds me of Dracula's daughter Lilith (http://asylums.insanejournal.com/scans_daily/966209.html), with the inhabiting some oblivious mortal's body and changing them into your own form when they don't notice.

And Demeter has some epic nipples painted on to her Breast-Plate, there.

Some of the stuff Glory has on her walls at home and work I'm not sure about: she's got Stan Marsh, Homer Simpson, Calvin and Hobbes, Jesus, the Enterprise, and Snoopy and Woodstock, but the mouse, someone with a staff and an angel-ish thing I don't recognize.

Date: 2009-10-06 12:39 am (UTC)
From: [identity profile] nezchan.insanejournal.com
Pretty certain that's Mighty Mouse.

Date: 2009-10-06 12:43 am (UTC)
From: [identity profile] citygod.insanejournal.com
that's Mighty Mouse, between Calvin & Hobbes and Homer. Not sure about the Angel creature. But that's Robbie the Robot, from Lost in Space, on the desk.

Date: 2009-10-06 12:42 am (UTC)
From: (Anonymous)
It's pretty well drawn, and the story is well written, but man I can't see this or that Wonder Woman that had her serving up fast-food without thinking of this:

Date: 2009-10-06 02:24 am (UTC)
From: (Anonymous)
... and that should have been an imbed of the "Common People" vid as done by William Shatner.

Everybody hates a tourist. Especially one who thinks it's all such a laugh.

Date: 2009-10-06 03:46 am (UTC)
From: [identity profile] foxhack.insanejournal.com
Embeds don't work in comments, only in main posts.

Link to the video directly instead. :)

Date: 2009-10-06 01:32 am (UTC)
From: [identity profile] box_in_the_box.insanejournal.com
I love how head-trippy this is.

Date: 2009-10-06 06:43 am (UTC)
From: [identity profile] timgueguen.insanejournal.com
The white hair and red outfit make me think of Zealot from Wildcats.

Date: 2009-10-06 08:24 am (UTC)
From: [identity profile] psychop_rex.insanejournal.com
So she shares a MIND with Gloria, but not a body? Huh. So essentially her secret identity is that of a multiple personality. That's pretty unique, all right. Leave it to Moore to make things trippy.
Also, if her mother is Demeter, does that mean that Persephone's her sister? Or is SHE Persephone, and Gloriana is just like a middle name or something that she goes by these days?

Date: 2009-10-06 09:01 am (UTC)
From: [identity profile] kenn_el.insanejournal.com
In the pages posted there is a panel where her mother bemoans having to share BOTH her daughters with the lower spheres, so I assume the other daughter to be Persephone. This is pretty awesome stuff.

Date: 2009-10-06 10:03 am (UTC)
From: [identity profile] psychop_rex.insanejournal.com
Ah, OK. Family get-togethers must be interesting - one daughter's a superhero, the other is queen of the Underworld. I imagine they don't have a lot in common.

Date: 2009-10-06 09:48 pm (UTC)
From: [identity profile] psychop_rex.insanejournal.com
Ah, Moore, you and your headache-inducing concepts...

Date: 2009-10-06 02:38 pm (UTC)
From: [identity profile] volksjager.insanejournal.com
I like the idea of "Temptaion Comics".

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