WONDER WOMAN #199
(Cover by Jeff Jones)
Published and © by DC, Mar.-Apr. 1972
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Synopsis: Diana Prince teams with Jonny Double in an effort to protect the “King of Beautiful Women.”
Writer: Denny O’Neil
Penciler: Don Heck
Inker: Dick Giordano
Review: Much like Marvel’s The Cat (see review of #1), the depowered-Wonder-Woman stories of the early ’70s are wonderfully entertaining relics of their time. Feminism! Secret societies! Martial arts! Awkward, swinger romance! This issue has it all. It’s hard to judge this one as a superhero comic, but it’s certainly enjoyable.
“Battle of the Mermen!”
Synopsis: A young Diana attends a dance with a shy mer-boy, and offers a lesson of tolerance to his undersea world.
Writer: Charles Moulton
Review: This reprint from 1960’s Wonder Woman #111 is well drawn, but it’s a silly little story with a heavy-handed moral.
Grade (for the whole issue): A-
Second opinion: “By 199, the series was back in the hands of O’Neil, who tried to turn Diana into a toned-down Modesty Blaze.” — The Slings & Arrows Comic Guide (second edition).
Cool factor: Didn’t you see that Jeff Jones cover? Why are we having this conversation?
Notable: According to new editor Denny O’Neil’s introduction on the “Wonder Woman’s Write-In” page, his Diana Prince loves to cook “Chinese vegetarian,” reads Shakespeare and Asimov, and listens to “middle Beatles, late Bob Dylan.” Yikes. … While the backup story is credited to Charles Moulton, the Grand Comics Database suggests it’s actually the work of Robert Kanigher, Ross Andru and Mike Esposito.
Character quotable: “I’m allergic to foul caves full of maniacs! They give me pimples!” — Jonny Double, busting out the swingin’ small talk on Diana “Wonder Woman” Prince.
Collected in: Diana Prince: Wonder Woman Vol. 4 TPB [Buy from Mile High]