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TL;DR version: Amnesia and bad continuity have left Wonder Woman unsure of her abilities, so she asks the JLA to monitor her next 12 missions to make sure she's still fit for duty. So, which JLA member will be spying on Diana this month? And which old villain makes a re-appearance? Find out below the cut...
(Wonder Woman #220, 1975. Selected panels from a 20-page story.)

As you'll recall, last issue the Atom and Hawkman decided to flip a coin to see who would monitor Wonder Woman's next case. But wouldn't you know it, the darn coin landed on it's edge!

Later, when a carrier pigeon appears in the JLA teleporter, everyone assumes that means Hawkman has won the bet. But a closer look at the notes tied to the bird's leg reveals the teeny-tiny handwriting of...the Atom!

Diana Prince is returning to New York, after finishing up a United Nations mission up in the Catskills. She quickly races upstairs for a work-mandated medical check-up:

Meanwhile, Ray (the Atom) Palmer has checked into a hotel and turns on the tv to see if there are any Wonder Woman-worthy emergencies going on:

Yup, that seems to qualify. The Atom uses his "traveling by telephone wire" trick to sneak into Diana's office, just as she gets word that all the clocks and watches in the U.N. building have vanished. Panic ensues, and Diana switches to Wonder Woman in order to deal with it:

WW orders everyone in the building to calm down. But she soon realizes that the "time-crisis" is occurring all over Manhattan. No one can tell what time it is! She can't lasso the whole island, so other methods are called for:

(Well, it didn't take long for that particular Checkov's Gun to go off, did it?)
As she starts counting the minutes, Diana realizes that she can suddenly see the city's clocks again. Not to mention some freaky dude on a flying sundial:

The Atom is tagging along, but he's still "time-blind", and can't even see his old enemy:

Since this version of Wonder Woman can't fly, she has to snag the plane with her lasso to keep it from crashing, and hang onto Chronos' ship with the other hand:

(I like that Atom says out loud what the reader is thinking: "Dude, if Wonder Woman can't handle it, what help are YOU gonna be?")
Elsewhere in the Atom's notes, he explains how Chronos created his Time-Perception Banisher, and used special contact-lenses to protect himself from its effects.

Throughout Manhattan Island, the lack of clocks is causing chaos. People don't know when to wake up, go to work, or eat lunch. Nurses don't know when to give their patients medicine. Why, even the editor and artist of this very comic book are affected:

Wonder Woman starts searching for Chronos' hidden perception-gizmo. But all she finds is trouble:

WW tries to tear herself loose from the clock-hands, but only succeeds in pulling the entire clock off the wall:

The clock stops short, and WW is thrown clear.

(Aw, Di, you should have gone for it. You could do worse. And often have.)
Wonder Woman fights her way through several other booby-trapped clocks, until she finally figures out what "landmark" Chronos was talking about. And sure enough, he's there waiting for her:

Wonder Woman blasts Chronos with his own sand, knocking out his special contact lenses. Suddenly, he can't see his own clock-weapons, and while he's flailing around in panic, Diana takes out his aircraft with a well-aimed tiara toss.

So much for that. Back at the U.N., Diana Prince fills in her boss, Morgan Tracy, about what happened. He finds it suspicious that Diana's reports always seem to involve Wonder Woman:

Back at the JLA satellite, the Atom is basking in the glow of victory. But then Hawkman shows up, and insists that HE was monitoring Wonder Woman on a mission in the Catskills...at the same time that the Atom was following her in Manhattan! Egads, what's going on here? To be continued...

Date: 2011-08-04 03:57 am (UTC)
aaron_bourque: default (Default)
From: [personal profile] aaron_bourque
Those shorts aren't super short, which invalidates her as a superheroine.

Date: 2011-08-04 11:11 am (UTC)
From: [personal profile] saralakali
This was before the days when a superherione had to show her ass in order to be taken seriou---AHAHAHAHA! I couldn't say it with a straight face.

Date: 2011-08-04 04:06 am (UTC)
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From: [personal profile] marco
Yay~! These are the highlight of my day, thanks fr sharing them. I've been trying to find them at the LCS, but they have so few of them.

I'm looking forward to the next one.
I miss this writing too. Plenty of action and a sense of panic or seriousness to the situation, but it isn't heavy or overwhelming. Just fun adventures (albeit, with serious troubles).

Date: 2011-08-04 04:26 am (UTC)
From: [personal profile] nemryn
So, he makes all the clocks and watches in New York invisible... and then what? Seriously, this is one of the inanest supervillian schemes I've ever seen.

Date: 2011-08-04 04:47 am (UTC)
aaron_bourque: default (Default)
From: [personal profile] aaron_bourque
Yeah, Chronos is ridiculous. That's kind of his thing.

Date: 2011-08-04 05:39 am (UTC)
From: [personal profile] nemryn
I mean, even if all he wanted to do was cause panic and chaos, there are better ways to do that. And some of them are even time-related!

Date: 2011-08-05 12:29 pm (UTC)
wizardru: MODOK (MODOK)
From: [personal profile] wizardru
We are talking about a man wearing a bright yellow cape and gloves, bright green shirt, fire-engine red shorts, white face and zebra-striped pants, here.

I mean, clear thinking is not his thing.

Date: 2011-08-04 07:46 pm (UTC)
icon_uk: (Default)
From: [personal profile] icon_uk
Well how could he give them a deadline for the ransom if they have no sense of time anymore? :)

Date: 2011-08-04 04:48 am (UTC)
kamino_neko: Kamino Neko thought a kissy icon was needed. (Smooch)
From: [personal profile] kamino_neko
I'm sure Mr Tracy is SUPPOSED to be implying that he knows Diana is Wonder Woman, but I can't help but read it as his asking if she's got a thing for her, like Lois with Superman...

Date: 2011-08-04 07:50 am (UTC)
bluefall: (it's good to be a Wonder)
From: [personal profile] bluefall
That would certainly be a fascinating new spin on Stupid Secret Identity Hijinks.

Date: 2011-08-04 08:43 am (UTC)
kamino_neko: Kamino Neko thought a kissy icon was needed. (Smooch)
From: [personal profile] kamino_neko
It really would.

Now I am seriously pondering how to make it work as anything but a joke.


i miss my pondery ape icon

Date: 2011-08-04 10:03 am (UTC)
bluefall: (jumpa questions this)
From: [personal profile] bluefall
Well, it could have worked for Ms Marvel back when she had that split personality Kree thing going. Amnesia is a good option too - hero forgets who she is, wakes up in civilian identity, hears about hero's exploits and develops a crush. Add time travel for extra hijinks.

Oh and there's always the mystical personality division, like during Waid's JLA run when all the secret identities got split from the costume identities by that ID thing.

Re: i miss my pondery ape icon

Date: 2011-08-04 02:12 pm (UTC)
kamino_neko: Tedd from El Goonish Shive. Drawn by Dan Shive, coloured by Kamino Neko. (Default)
From: [personal profile] kamino_neko
I think an actual second persona would be cheating it a bit (although the Man and Superman situation wouldn't be too bad a cheat, since they remain the same person, just split into multiple bodies).

Amnesia's an interesting idea, though. Would have to be both ways to really work, though, which verges on a split personality. Hmm.

Straight-up narcissism actually works, but it'd be hard to not have the character be pathetic (either in a comedic 'laugh at the ego' way, or an actually sad 'is their life really that empty?' way).

Re: i miss my pondery ape icon

Date: 2011-08-04 11:06 pm (UTC)
icon_uk: (Default)
From: [personal profile] icon_uk
Amnesia's an interesting idea, though. Would have to be both ways to really work, though, which verges on a split personality.

Indeed, just ask Rose and Thorn... or Rose OR Thorn, as it were

Date: 2011-08-04 08:33 am (UTC)
q99: (Default)
From: [personal profile] q99
Nice post :) Keep it up.

Date: 2011-08-04 09:19 am (UTC)
eyz: (Default)
From: [personal profile] eyz
I just love this art for WW!
Diana looks so pretty :'3

Date: 2011-08-04 11:14 am (UTC)
From: [personal profile] saralakali
Who is the artist on this? There are some panels that look like Jose Luis Garcia Lopez and there are some panels that look like Neal Adams.

Date: 2011-08-04 11:15 am (UTC)
From: [personal profile] saralakali
Never mind, I assume the artist is Dick Giordano?

Date: 2011-08-04 03:19 pm (UTC)
From: [personal profile] philippos42
It's not obvious in these scans, but this is the issue where Giordano used what struck me as a different character model for Wonder Woman. Neither the Sekowsky-based model of his Mod Wondy issues; nor the late Bronze Age model that he used on so much art for DC later (much of which survived in merchandising decades after PĂ©rez redesigned the character).

I suspect there was an actual physical model posing for some of those faces.


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