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posted this at the old S_D 1.0. thought i'd re-post here:

classic golden age wondie. now featuring steve "the brain" trevor!

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eta: why steve is dressed as he is in the 4th dimension:

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suggested tags: creator: william moulton marston, creator: h.g. peter, era: golden age, title: sensation, publisher: dc comics, char: wonder woman/diana of themyscira, char: steve trevor
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Today's scans are about the same Fun Clinics mentioned in yesterday's. They're from "The Malice of the Green Imps", originally published in Sensation Comics #28 in 1944, reprinted in Wonder Woman Archives Volume 4. (Those volumes are indispensable for the Golden Age Wonder Woman geek.)

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When I first made this post, which was pretty early in my GA WW postings, I remarked that several people at the old s_d were so amazed at the amount of bondage and other crack that they asked me if I was sure my scans hadn't been photoshopped. When one has experienced the full crackiness of GA WW, photoshopping more craziness in would seem anticlimactic.

The Sherlockian title of the story from which today's scans come is "Adventure of the Kidnapers of Astral Spirits", originally published in Sensation Comics #25 in 1944.

Just two panels from this one. I'm not trying to convey the full story or anything, just highlighting the most cracktastic bits:

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Today's offering is from "The Blue Spirit Mystery", Sensation Comics #30, 1944. It's a surprisingly complex (though nonetheless cracked out) story about a racket in the form of a cult that swindles people out of their money.

Really, a lot of Golden Age comics had plots much more complex than most Silver and Bronze Age ones, and dealt with comparatively mature subjects - not mature in the sense of sex and violence, but how many 7-year-olds would one expect to be interested in cult religion scams? I think they gave kids more credit then. Though of course, the stories were still whacked out.

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The story reveals Marston's usual lack of compunction about deus ex machina and, shall we say, casual grasp of science. Remember that he was a psychologist, with more than a hint of the huckster about him. His editor revealed years later that "if I had let him put in all the symbolism and stuff he wanted to, the stories would have been even weirder." The mind boggles.

This story was 36 pages long, so there are lots of scans, 9 pages worth. Good thing, because I didn't want to have to drop any of them.

Also, you can see Silver Age Giganta here.

Not at all dial-up friendly.
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Just one image today. This is from Wonder Woman #8, 1944. If you read the Golden Age WW stories, you start to see that Paradise Island was developing quite an immigrant population, including women from Venus, Atlantis, America, Germany.... And come to think of it, most of them had criminal records. This could become a real problem.

That is, if you didn't keep them all tied up.
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Three panels from Sensation Comics #29, 1944. Mala is the Amazon in charge of the Amazon prison. You can imagine what Amazon prisons are like by now, I expect. Here's how Mala fares in Man's World:

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These are from Sensation Comics #4, 1942. Remember that these can be bought in the Archive Edition reprints; thus far there are five Wonder Woman volumes. And they have them of other Golden Age comics too; I also have the Black Canary volume.

This issue introduces Wonder Woman's enemy Baroness Paula von Gunther, whom she later reformed, probably by spanking her.

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This is one of my favorite Golden Age WW stories ever, Wonder Woman vs. the International Milk Company. It's one of those unusually cracked out ones. Originally published in Sensation #7 in 1942.

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Today's story is from Sensation Comics #8, 1942, about a department store chain called Bullfinch that overworks its employees terribly. Yeah, WW shilling for labor unions. Sad.

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These are from Sensation Comics #9, 1942. Some of you may know how Wonder Woman originally got her "Diana Prince" identity. She ran into a nurse who resembled her and was coincidentally named Diana - Diana Prince - who wanted to go to South America where her fiancé was, but didn't have the money. Wonder Woman gave her the money in exchange for her identification papers, which she used to get a job in the hospital where Steve Trevor was being treated.

In this issue, the original Diana Prince, now Diana White, returns to America. Her marriage is to all appearances happy, but, well, odd. I'm sure none of you are surprised.

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