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Today's bit of Wonder Woman insanity is from Wonder Woman #5, published in summer of 1943, and it's cracktastic even by GA WW standards.

BTW, this story was 24 pages.

Usually I don't bother with the front page, but I read the blurb up at the top and couldn't resist sharing it.

So Greco-Roman gods on other planets follow our custom of clothing prisoners in black and white stripes. (Which I don't think any Earth prison even does these days, unless maybe it's run by Tim Burton.)
It's like The Claiming of Sleeping Beauty for little kids.

Freed, Mars and Lord Conquest go to earth to capture Wonder Woman.

This reminds me of an episode of Superfriends I watched on a whim when I was about 14 that cracked me up. Some uniformed guy in a roomful of computers declared, "Oh, no! Gigantico and Spectro are cutting the moon in half!"
So the whole WW gang is taken prisoner, except of course for Wondy herself.

Our heroine goes to Paradise Island, where her mother uses the Magic Sphere to help her figure out where the spaceship came from.

Never mind the lack of air pressure. Not a problem.

She hasn't even been on the moon for a full minute and already she's tied up.
In the interest of getting to see the goddess Diana without delay, Wonder Woman allows herself to be taken prisoner. Turns out the goddess has been drugged by Mars with poppy juice in her nectar.

Notice how the "captain" in the third panel is dressed.

And apparently wine will help you recover from the effects of opium. Actually, if Marston believed that, it kind of explains a lot about this series.

Wonder Woman beats up Mars and frees the goddess. Mars is imprisoned and the story gets back to confusing children about astronomy:

And apparently no one's going to bother with unthroning Deception back on Mars.


Date: 2009-06-12 10:05 am (UTC)
From: [identity profile] fungo_squiggly.insanejournal.com
As a matter of fact, there are some prisons (mostly down south) that have gone back to the old striped uniforms. Mostly as a way of "putting the prisoners in their place" or whatever.

There was an article about it in my local paper a couple of years back. Unfortunately there was no mention of whether the women's prison uniforms resembled two piece bathing suits, vintage or otherwise.

Date: 2009-06-12 10:44 am (UTC)
From: [identity profile] perletwo.insanejournal.com
Huh. So *that's* how giant kangas breathe in space. The more you know!

Date: 2009-06-12 11:25 am (UTC)
From: [identity profile] taggerung301.insanejournal.com
oh god . . . Etta's last speech bubble in that last panel . . . so cracktacular

Date: 2009-06-12 11:35 am (UTC)
From: [identity profile] queenrikki.insanejournal.com
Any guesses what "scientific expertise" is a euphemism for?

Date: 2009-06-12 12:37 pm (UTC)
From: [identity profile] darklorelei.insanejournal.com
"The girls mount a Sky Kanga, an animal bred by the Amazons for short space trips."

"The girls mount a Sky Kanga, an animal bred by the Amazons for short space trips."

Date: 2009-06-13 12:02 am (UTC)
From: [identity profile] perletwo.insanejournal.com
Gets more beautiful every time you look at it, doesn't it?

Date: 2009-06-12 02:49 pm (UTC)
From: [identity profile] tavella.insanejournal.com
I peered at that first panel and said "is that Wonder Woman riding a kangaroo on the moon? Metaphorical splash page, right?"

I should have known Moulton wouldn't let me down like that!

Date: 2009-06-14 01:54 am (UTC)
From: [identity profile] psychop_rex.insanejournal.com
The more I look at it, the weirder and weirder that panel of Mars talking to the captain looks. The Greco-Roman soldier outfits with the short skirts is one thing when they're left as they are, but when you put a modern captain's jacket over it, it becomes another thing altogether. It just looks bizarre - it's like the guy's crossdressing, but only from the waist down.


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