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[personal profile] saralakali requested "The 12 Labors of Wonder Woman", a storyline that ran in 1974-75.

A little background:
After a few years of Wonder Woman being a non-super, karate-chopping, "mod" adventurer, DC abruptly decided to take the character back to her classic form. While there was some attempt to explain the transition, some things fell through the cracks, not the least of which was the unexplained return of the previously-deceased Steve Trevor. When new editor Julius Schwartz took over the title, he and writer Len Wein decided to try and untangle this continuity. The result was Wonder Woman #212, "The Man Who Mastered Women!"

(approximately 6 pages worth of panels from a 20-page story)

Reporter Clark Kent is on the scene when Wonder Woman thwarts the attempted assassination of Pamanasian prime minister Indira Gamal. After WW changes back to Diana Prince, she pulls Clark aside to catch up on old times.

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Superman heads to the JLA satellite, but WW isn't there. She mistakenly went to the JLA's old mountain sanctuary, having forgotten that they moved. Superman brings her to the satellite, where an examination shows that there's nothing physically wrong with her.

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The JLAers agree to her terms, and Superman is assigned to monitor her first (which means he's pretty much eavesdropping on her 24/7...kind of creepy, even though she consented to it). Diana goes to Paradise Island, where she accuses Queen Hippolyta of messing with her memories, since she knows that only Amazons have the technology to do such a thing.

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And that's that. Trevor would eventually be resurrected (a couple of times), but for now Diana is feeling abandoned and miserable. She needs something to take her mind off her problems. Morgan Tracy of the United Nations Crisis Bureau had previously offered Diana Prince a job, and she decides to take him up on it. Unfortunately, Tracy and Prime Minister Gamal have both been kidnapped by Batman's old foe, The Cavalier, and his harem of sexy slave girls.

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Clark Gable The Cavalier plans to take over Pamanasia, and from there...dun dun dun...The World! But Wonder Woman has something to say about that.

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...or does she?

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With his mojo not workin', Cavalier is forced to resort to weaponry. First, his electric sword.

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(Gosh, that's not Freudian at all)
He also tries throwing the razor-sharp plumes from his hat at her, but she deflects them with her tiara. Finally, he pulls out his "specially-treated snuffbox".

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It turns out, whatever was in that snuff counteracted his sexy hypnosis, freeing his victims. Sadly, WW prevents them from killing his smarmy ass, but you can't have everything. So the continuity is straightened out, the Prime Minister is saved, Diana Prince gets a new job, and Wonder Woman is one step closer to rejoining the JLA.

If there's interest, I can post the other 11 parts of this storyline too. You can never have too much Bronze Age. :D

Date: 2011-02-02 11:26 pm (UTC)
From: [identity profile] fredneil.livejournal.com
Whenever I've read anything about the Silver/Bronze ages, there was one demarcation point for each age, not separate company-specific points. (For instance, the first appearance of the modern Flash is considered to have started the Silver Age, not to have started it for DC, while the first appearance of the Fantastic Four started it for Marvel) What event in DC are you thinking of that would have started the Bronze Age?

It's a moot point since, if this came out in 1974, it would have been a few months after Gwen Stacy's death.

Date: 2011-02-02 11:50 pm (UTC)
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From: [personal profile] bluefall
The only solid demarcation point of any kind is the start of the Silver Age, and even that's just an arbitrary event that everyone happened to agree on. You'll get nothing but arguments, "plus or minus" vagaries and even naming disputes once you pass that point. Comic book ages, like all cultural periods, change as a process, the edges bleeding into each other as different writers pick up the trends and change their viewpoints at different times. Even within a single company there's no easy break point, much less one for all of them.

Babs, for example, is 100% a Bronze Age hero; her sensibilities, the reasons for her creation, the creative choices made in her personality, the kinds of adventures she had and her relationships with Bruce and Dick, were all extremely typical of the Bronze Age, and very unlike the more fantastic, immature Silver Age. She showed up in '66. Her early team-ups with Supergirl, on the other hand, involving space aliens and Mxy and prank-pulling and pure cape hijinks, were pure Silver Age sensibility, and lasted well into '76.

There's no hard line.

Date: 2011-02-03 12:35 am (UTC)
From: [identity profile] fredneil.livejournal.com
That's kind of what I meant by "assuming we date the beginning of the Bronze Age to the death of Gwen Stacy." I know there's no set event, but that seems to be the one most often used. (though if we're using a more fluid definition, this might be a reversion back to the Silver Age.)

To be honest, I wasn't familiar with the idea of a bronze age until relatively recently. At the time, I noticed the difference between 1964 DC and1978 DC, but I didn't think of it as that much of a change in sensibility as you suggest here. I probably would have dated the change much later, at Crisis on Infinite Earths, since that rebooted the universe the way from going from Earth 2 to Earth 1 did and it killed off at least two major Silver Age Characters. Earlier than that, making Magneto a Holocaust survivor always seemed like a break-off point to me for some reason, though the Silver/Bronze age line was more blurred with Marvel. (Even before Gwen Stacy, there was Capt. Stacy dieing, Harry's drug problem and even Flash going to Vietnam in Spider-Man.)

Date: 2011-02-03 02:05 am (UTC)
From: [identity profile] fredneil.livejournal.com
whatever you want to call the current period)

How about "crap?"

I'd say the change can be described in who comics were written for. In the early Silver Age, they were written for kids. Late Silver into Bronze, they written for kids with the awareness that some adults were reading them. At some point around or after CoIE, they became written for adults with the awareness that some kids were reading them. At some point after that, they were just written for adults. (Maybe "adults" isn't the right word here. "Adults who haven't developed mentally since they were 16" might be better in some cases.)

Date: 2011-02-03 03:57 am (UTC)
From: [personal profile] thelazyreader
For those who were born later, we prefer to stave off confusion by simply referring to it as 'pre-Crisis' and 'post-Crisis'.

Date: 2011-02-03 09:15 pm (UTC)
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From: [personal profile] btravage
Even the debut of Barry Allen is problematic if you are going by themes and tone. As Batman and Superman have descended into space-gorilla garbage earlier than 1956. Even the JSA itself had a similar sci-fi space-age edge for the last dozen or so adventures.

Date: 2011-02-03 04:13 am (UTC)
From: [personal profile] darkknightjrk
Hmm...what date did the first O'Neil/Adams Batman story come out? I'd imagine that's a pretty solid indicator of when the Bronze Age started for DC.


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