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Showcase Presents: Wonder Woman, Vol. 1 (Showcase Presents: Wonder Woman #1)

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This value-priced collection includes over 500 pages of classic comics!

Wonder Woman launched into the Silver Age of Comics with these tales, in which the Amazon Princess battled colorful new foes including alien dinosaurs, amoeba men, and other threats, with the mysterious Merman at her side, along with her teenaged sidekick, Wonder Girl!
Paperback, 528 pages
Published August 22nd 2007 by DC Comics
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This is one huge chunk of a collection. There's a little over 500 pages of Silver Age Wonder Woman reprinted here, in black and white. To be perfectly honest, they're only worth reading for hardcore Wonder Woman fans, or fans of the Silver Age in general. It also has the first proper appearance of Wonder Girl, back when she was still just a teenaged Diana. She must have been very popular right away, as nearly every issue after her introduction had a Wonder Girl side story.
Adam Graham
In 1958, in Issue #98 Wonder Woman rebooted for the Silver Age. This book collects the first 20 issues of the Silver Age run with art by Ross Andru and stories by Robert Kanigher.

The art remains classy and fun throughout. I much prefer the style to the much more crude Wonder Woman of the golden age. One of my favorite features of Andru's art is his portrayal of Wonder Woman changing into costume, the sequence drawing is just a great touch.

I have much more mixed feelings on the stories. With Iss
This was a chore to get through. Repetitive, cheesy, and cleaner than a Christian rock band, most of these stories involve Wonder Woman battling something huge, or some kind of duplicate of herself, or something from space. At one point she actually battles a huge duplicate of herself controlled by something from space. The original Wonder Girl - a young Diana growing up on Paradise Island - is introduced in this volume, and at first her adventures with Ronno, her "mer-boy" boyfriend, are a nice ...more
Jason Luna
Wonder Woman is rightfully treated as a transformative figure in American culture and certainly comic books, and accurately so. She really stands on her own as a female superhero who excels on her own.

That being said, this late 1950s collection of her adventures can be described as a middling success more than anything else. The biggest drawback is repetition. This is a theme that indeed repeats in all of the DC superheroes from the beginning of time up until the late 1960s. Character relationsh
Christopher Dodd
I read Showcase Presents: Justice League (vol 1) at the same as this. This book made Justice League look like a masterpiece. Kanigher is a lazy writer. He recycles the same ideas and themes over and over. The repeated themes include:

Duplicate Wonderwomen -- Robots, disguised amazons, alternate dimensions duplicates.

Giants -- From other dimensions or due to shrinkage.

Sea creatures -- This might as well been a damn Aquaman comic. The vast majority of these stories have Wonderwoman fighting invaria
Fraser Sherman
Reading the Kanigher era of Wonder Woman, I must say he gives us a stronger WW than I'd thought from occasional reprints. Wonder Woman faces off against alien invaders, foreign terrorists and the occasional super-villain while Steve keeps trying to get her to quit the crimefighting and tie the knot. In backup stories, Wonder Woman's teenage self dates a merman and protects the Amazons. Kanigher's style of super-hero story probably isn't to everyone's taste, but I had fun.
Fascinating little slice of ancient pop culture from the time when Paradise Island had Time Travel, Spaceships, and all aspects of future technology.
The strange thing from a modern perspective is how isolated it all is, there is no mention of other superheroes and all the villains seem to be under the impression that only Wonder Woman exists in this world and that all it takes is to get rid of her and the world is for the taking. Other oddities are the many times that Wonder Woman talks directly
I really enjoyed these classic Wonder Woman comics.. I found myself getting a little annoyed by Steve Trevor constantly calling Wonder Woman, "Angel," but other than that, I thought it was a fun read.
There is an certain charm to these preposterous yarns. The worst part? That Wonder Girl kept wasting her time on that tool Mer-Boy.
This rating was an accidental glitch in my app. I have yet to finish this.
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One of the most prolific writers in comics, particularly in the Silver Age. He took over scripting duties on Wonder Woman after William Moulton Marston's death, and handled the character's transition from the Golden to the Silver Age. He also created Barry Allen, the second Flash, for editor Julius Schwartz's superhero revival of 1956, as well as writing and editing DC's pioneering war titles.
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