Wonder Woman #1

DC Comics

United States

Published
Summer 1942
Page count
68
Cover price
0.10 USD
Colour
Colour
Size
Standard size
Interior paper
Newsprint
Cover stock
Glossy colour
Binding
Saddle-stitched
Format
Comic series
GCD
www.comics.org/issue/2268

Credits

Editing
Sheldon Mayer (editor)
Alice Marble (associate editor)

Issue contents Hide all

Show/hide Cover No title recorded (Wonder Woman) Cover, 1 page

Featuring

Feature
Wonder Woman
Genre
Superhero
Characters
Wonder Woman [Diana Prince]; the Nazis

Credits

Art
Harry Peter
Show/hide 1. Introducing Miss Alice Marble as Associate Editor of Wonder Woman! Text article, 1 page

Credits

Author
Letters
typeset

Notes

inside front cover; photos and text on Alice Marble and Helen Wainwright Sterling

Show/hide 2. Wonder Woman, Who Is She? (Wonder Woman) Character profile, 1 page

Featuring

Feature
Wonder Woman
Genre
Superhero
Characters
Wonder Woman [Diana Prince]; Aphrodite; Athena; Mercury; Hercules

Credits

Script
William Marston
Art
Harry Peter
Letters
Typeset

Synopsis

The Gods behind the epithet, "Beautiful as Aphrodite, Wise as Athena, Strong as Hercules and Swift as Mercury," are visually and in text introduced to the reader.

Show/hide 3. The Origin of Wonder Woman (Wonder Woman) Comic story, 13 pages

Featuring

Feature
Wonder Woman
Genre
Superhero
Characters
Wonder Woman [Diana Prince] (origin re-told); Aphrodite (goddess of love and beauty, introduction); Hercules (introduction); Queen Hippolyte (origin); the Amazons (origin re-told); Steve Trevor; Mala; Colonel Darnell; Dr. Hellas (famed archaeologist); Athena (goddess of wisdom); Doctor Althea (Amazon doctor, introduction); Fatsis (Amazon); unnamed Japanese agent (villain, introduction); Heinrich Fritz Uber (villain, Hitler's Chief Agent, only mentioned); Mars [aka Ares] (villain, god of war); Hercules (villain)

Credits

Script
William Marston [as Charles Moulton]
Art
Harry Peter [as H. G. Peter]

Reprint history

Also printed
United States
Secret Origins of the Super DC Heroes (Crown, 1976 series) (1976)
The Origin of Wonder Woman
 
Australia
Wonder Woman Album (KG Murray, 1976 series) #2 ([January 1977?])
Untitled
From GCD
from Wonder Woman (DC, 1942 series) #1 (Summer 1942)

Synopsis

Upon her arrival in man's world, Wonder Woman drops an Amazon scroll that details the origin and early days of the Amazons, while later sources outline her birth, her youth, and her battle in the arena for the right to be Wonder Woman.

Notes

Story title from reprints. Wonder Woman's origin from All-Star Comics (DC, 1940 series) #8 is shown with more detail, including the creation of the Amazons from clay by Aphrodite, and Diana's birth on Paradise Island: sculpted from clay by Hippolyte's hand under the direction of Athena, and brought to life by Aphrodite. Wonder Woman is shown here to receive her magic lasso along with her costume after winning the contest, whereas she originally received her lasso after having lived in man's world for a time, as shown in Sensation Comics (DC, 1942 series) #6. Captain Trevor is promoted to Major.

Show/hide 4. No title recorded (All-Flash) Promo (ad from the publisher), 0.5 pages

"Here's good news, boys and girls..."

Featuring

Feature
All-Flash
Show/hide 5. No title recorded (Green Lantern) Promo (ad from the publisher), 0.5 pages

"Green Lantern and Doiby Dickles join the army!"

Featuring

Feature
Green Lantern
Show/hide 6. Wonder Woman Goes to the Circus! (Wonder Woman) Comic story, 13 pages

Featuring

Feature
Wonder Woman
Genre
Superhero
Characters
Wonder Woman [Diana Prince]; Steve Trevor; Etta Candy; the Holliday Girls; Dom Carney (trapeze artist, introduction); Ed King (circus owner, introduction); Elva King (Ed's niece, introduction); San Yan (villain, head elephant keeper of the circus, introduction); Mike Mulgoon (villain, head of Strongarm Protective Association, introduction); Mike Mulgoon (villain, introduction); Torrence "Slugger" McGee (villain, introduction); group of Burmese men (villains, circus employees, introduction for all)

Credits

Script
William Marston [as Charles Moulton]
Art
Harry Peter [as H. G. Peter]

Synopsis

Wonder Woman brings children to King's Colossal Circus, performs in the big ring, and with the help of Etta and Steve, investigates a rash of elephant deaths by poisoning which threaten to close the circus.

Show/hide 7. Florence Nightingale "Angel of Crimea" (Wonder Women of History) Comic story, 4 pages

Featuring

Feature
Wonder Women of History
Genre
Biography
Characters
Florence Nightingale; Florence's unnamed Nana; Florence's unnamed father; John (Florence's ex-fiancee); Tommy; Queen Victoria; King Edward VII

Credits

Script
Alice Marble
Art
Sheldon Moldoff

Synopsis

The story of Florence Nightingale (1820-1910) who sacrificed personal happiness to nurse soldiers on the Crimean War front and throughout her life.

Notes

Credits verified by Jerry Bails.

Show/hide 8. Wonder Woman versus the Prison Spy Ring (Wonder Woman) Comic story, 13 pages

Featuring

Feature
Wonder Woman
Genre
Superhero
Characters
Wonder Woman [Diana Prince]; Colonel Darnell; Steve Trevor; unnamed prison warden (introduction); Freddy (warden's son, introduction); Mabel (warden's daughter, introduction); Captain Loyal (captured soldier, introduction, death); Heinrich (villain, introduction); Baroness Paula von Gunther (villain, death); Swipe (villain, prison guard, introduction, death); the Nazis (villains, introduction for all, many die)

Credits

Script
William Marston [as Charles Moulton]
Art
Harry Peter [as H. G. Peter]

Synopsis

Suspecting Paula von Gunther of leaking military secrets, Diana and Steve visit her in prison, where Paula is aided in her subterfuge when the magic lasso accidentally falls into her hands.

Notes

Story title from reprints. Reprint note from Error Report by Darci. The image of Wonder Woman riding a horse on the splash page was used for the cover. Mabel is shown reading an issue of Sensation Comics. This story was the basis for an episode of the Wonder Woman TV series, "Wonder Woman Meets Baroness Von Gunther." Paula is shot and killed at story's end, although she's alive in her next appearance, Sensation Comics (DC, 1942 series) #12, because an "electric machine she invented brought her back to life."

Show/hide 9. A Message From Phil Text story, 2 pages

Featuring

Genre
Adventure; war
Characters
Phillip Downs; Phillys (Phillip's twin sister); Dr. Rines; Uncle William; Sergeant Ryan (Policeman); Lt. Commander Rawlings (British sub base commander)

Credits

Author
Jack Miller [as Jay Marr]
Letters
typeset

Synopsis

Phillip's invention, a miraculous combination compressed air and water suction valve, is stolen and he and his brother believe the Nazis had stolen it to use on their U-Boats.

Notes

Writer credit by Craig Delich, confirmed by the Who's Who.

Show/hide 10. No title recorded (Sweet Adeline) Comic story, 2 pages

"Can anybody tell me why we bought this danged hotel?"

Featuring

Feature
Sweet Adeline
Genre
Humor
Characters
Adeline; Adeline's unnamed father; Hy; Snort (oil expert)

Credits

Script
Art Helfant
Art
Art Helfant
Letters
Art Helfant ?

Synopsis

Adeline's father buys a hotel. When the hotel's tenants complain that the water tastes like oil, he hires an oil expert to see if there is oil on the property.

Notes

Letterer credit added by Craig Delich.

Show/hide 11. No title recorded (Mutt & Jeff) Promo (ad from the publisher), 0.5 pages

"Here we are again..."

Featuring

Feature
Mutt & Jeff
Show/hide 12. Another Big Issue of All-Star (All-Star Comics) Promo (ad from the publisher), 0.5 pages

Featuring

Feature
All-Star Comics
Show/hide 13. The Greatest Feat of Daring in Human History! (Wonder Woman) Comic story, 13 pages

Featuring

Feature
Wonder Woman
Genre
Superhero
Characters
Wonder Woman [Diana Prince]; Etta Candy; Private Mint Candy (Etta's brother, introduction); Steve Trevor; Colonel Darnell; unnamed train porter (introduction); Captain Diaz (introduction); unnamed President of the Corrida (introduction); Pancho (villain, informant, introduction, death); Pepita Valdez (villain, bullfighter, introduction, reforms); Japanese spies (villains, introduction for all, some die)

Credits

Script
William Marston [as Charles Moulton]
Art
Harry Peter [as H. G. Peter]

Synopsis

When Etta's brother is attacked by spies, Wonder Woman and Etta trail them from Texas to Mexico City, where Wonder Woman fights a bullfight and stops a secret Japanese invasion of Mexico.

Notes

Wonder Woman crashes a car into a tree to avoid hitting Etta, seemingly killing the other passengers, noting they were "too lazy to jump in time." Instead of using the magic lasso, Wonder Woman hypnotizes Mint to determine what he revealed to the Mexican spies.

Show/hide 14. The Big Eight! Promo (ad from the publisher), 1 page

Notes

House ad for All-American Comics #42, Action Comics #52, Adventure Comics #78, Sensation Comics #9, Star Spangled Comics #12, Flash Comics #33, Detective Comics #67, and More Fun Comics #83.

Show/hide 15. Editorial Advisory Board Promo (ad from the publisher), 0.33 pages

Credits

Letters
typeset

Notes

Inside back cover.

Show/hide 16. Little Oscar's First Air Raid by Lydia Mead (Good Books Worth Reading) Text article, 0.67 pages

Featuring

Feature
Good Books Worth Reading
Genre
Non-fiction

Credits

Author
Josette Frank
Art
? (illustration)
Letters
typeset

Synopsis

Book review of book by Lydia Mead with drawings by Oscar Fabres.

Notes

Also includes a "Superman's Secret Message" (in code Pluto No. 8).

Show/hide 17. No title recorded Public service announcement, 1 page

"A special message to the boys and girls of America from Henry Morgenthau, Jr. - Secretary of the Treasury!"

Featuring

Genre
Advocacy

Credits

Script
Henry Morgenthau, Jr. (credited)
Art
? (illustration)
Letters
?
typeset

Synopsis

The publishers donated this space, on behalf of the U.S. Savings Bonds and War Stamps campaign, to published a letter from the Secretary of the Treasury, Henry Morgenthau, Jr., encouraging the boys and girls of America to buy at least one 10 cent Savings Stamp each week to help the war effort.

Notes

Back cover.


Notes

The on-sale date is the publication date reported in the U. S. Copyright Office filing. On-sale date of July 22 given in Green Lantern #4.

Status

AusReprints ID

  • 38836

Entry created

  • 25/08/2019

Index completed

  • 25/08/2019

Last updated

  • 25/08/2019