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Review: Wonder Woman #199                


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.

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“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
Penciler: Moulton
Inker: 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.

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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]

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8 comments to Review: Wonder Woman #199                

  • Edo Bosnar

    I’ve heard so much about Wonder Woman’s Modesty Blaise/Emma Peel phase that I’ll probably get around to reading it one day. All I have to say now is, god, that cover is awesome, & how much cooler would the series have been if Jeff Jones had done the interior art as well?

  • Tom Kiefer

    Is it just me, or is it difficult to find decent (VF or better) copies of Wonder Woman 178-203? If so, why?

  • mark murphy

    As a fan of Modesty Blaise and Emma Peel, I have always been intriqued by this run of the Wonder Woman series. I recently picked up the first trade of reprints and while i did enjoy it I can’t say I was motivated to pick up the further volumes of the Diana Prince saga.

    Comparing this comic book to the Modesty Blaise strip provides a good example of how comic books of the time had yet to catch up to the quality of most newspaper strips. I’m referning to basic plot structure, character development/motivations, ect. I’m a big fan of Peter O’Donnels writing and perhapes I was expecting too much from this late Silver Age book (only the late 60′s issues were covered in the first trade).

    That Said, the Diana Prince run was indicitive of it’s time and that is not neccessarily a bad thing.

    Thank you for the great post.

  • Cole Moore Odell

    Going from that cover to Don Heck interiors is like slamming your car into reverse at 85 miles an hour.

  • Dale

    Wow

    What a cover !!

  • Tom:

    It’s been my experience that these are indeed a bear to find in high grade, especially at a decent price. I had a whole set that I sold off in 2003, before I was bit by the Bronze completist bug. This was the first one I’ve bought since, and I’m paying the price. (Mitigating the pain is the fact that the proceeds from the WWs I sold were used to buy Cerebus #2 and #4 at the same show!)

    Andrew

  • Cole:

    In defense of Don Heck — wow, those are words I never expected to type! — I thought he and Dick Giordano did a nice job maintaining the kinetic energy of the Mike Sekowsky art they were replacing. And it’d be hard for just about any artist to meet the bar set by that Jeff Jones cover. It’s one of my all-time favorites!

    Cheers,
    Andrew

  • Darci

    Surely by Jan 1960 (the date of WW #111) everyone knew that “Charles Moulton” wrote, not drew, the stories? I’d guess they all knew Kanigher had been writing the stories for quite a while by then, even if they didn’t know Andru & Esposito had taken over from Peters?
    Thanks!

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