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365 Reasons to Love Comics #28

Supporting Characters Week: Part Eight (of Seven).

The public has spoken. They have chosen today’s star. Who is it? You’ll be pleased.

1/28/07

28. Etta Candy

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This is the best Etta-centric cover I could find on the internets. Shame she never had her own series like Jimmy or Lois; she’s equally as lovable!

Etta first appeared in Sensation Comics #2, so she was basically there from the beginning. She’s Wonder Woman’s chocolate-loving sidekick and she says “Woo woo” a lot. That’s all I need to think she’s great.

Of course, this meant she was part of the kink-filled weirdness of the Marston era (images courtesy of the Comics Treadmill):

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Yeah, she was the head of a very bizarre sorority. I don’t even know how to begin to explain it.

Hey, right before Crisis happened, she switched places with Wonder Woman!

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I totally want that issue.

Back in the Golden Age, Etta was large and in charge. But as time passed, especially Post-Crisis, she slimmed down and married Steve Trevor. Weird.

Sadly, I’m a bit pressed for time at the moment, and I’m definitely not an Etta Candy expert. There does, however, exist a fantastic write-up on the character, so I’m going to link you to that to read and enjoy if you have yet to do so. He says everything I could’ve said, only better.

Here’s Scipio of the Absorbascon telling us why Etta is Comics’ Greatest Female Role Model. Take it away, Scip.

See you tomorrow, everybody!

11 Comments

You should definitely check out the last few weeks of “What WERE They Thinking?”, which is featuring early Wonder Woman heavily right now.

And of course, Etta is featured too. In this entry, for example:

http://typolad.livejournal.com/131959.html

God, I could have gone all day without thinking of Angle Man…

She married Steve?!?!? That’s so wrong.

That issue with Etta as Wonder Woman is a beaut and well worth a read. Actually, I just read Dan Mishkin’s circa 1983-85 run on Wonder Woman (of which this is a part) for the very first time last week and sweet Krypton is that one of the best runs for Wonder Woman ever. Just good, solid entertaining comics with lots of sly postmodern riffs, great (and funny) dialogue and smart nods to the past. It reads like something from now rather than twenty years ago. I’m kicking myself for letting the Don Heck art and the atrociously conceived and designed (though actually quite fun) Gremlins discouraging me from buying it back when I was a teenager.

I think Etta may have shown up in one of the Seven Soldiers issues….Shining Knight, was it?

Etta Candy has been a pleasant suprise in every Golden Age Wonder Woman comic I own. I just love how Wonder Woman would dismiss any emotional ails Etta would have by saying “All you need is candy!”

Zatanna and Bulleteer, actually. She was back to being quite large.

She was the fat therapist, wasn’t she?

There are 2 Ettas presently, the one George Perez came up with and the one Morrison wrote, who was intended to be the original.

Etta’s another one of those parts of Wonder Woman’s mythos that creators following Marston over the years just don’t seem to know what to do with (like Steve Trevor, Diana Prince, and apparently the amazons now). I think she’d work great with a Jack Kirby style makeover. She’d lead a sassy team of either rodeo cowgirls or female footballers called The Powderpuff Posse and just go around beating up on pretty much everything.

“Etta Candy is the Princess of Power”?

If Etta is She-Ra, why’s she dressed in Wondie’s undies?

The Kirbydotter

March 10, 2007 at 11:03 am

“She married Steve?!?!? That’s so wrong.”

I didn’t know that either. Ditto.
She deserved better anyway. Steve is one of the worst supporting character ever!

“That issue with Etta as Wonder Woman is a beaut and well worth a read. Actually, I just read Dan Mishkin’s circa 1983-85 run on Wonder Woman (of which this is a part) for the very first time last week and sweet Krypton is that one of the best runs for Wonder Woman ever. Just good, solid entertaining comics with lots of sly postmodern riffs, great (and funny) dialogue and smart nods to the past. It reads like something from now rather than twenty years ago. I’m kicking myself for letting the Don Heck art and the atrociously conceived and designed (though actually quite fun) Gremlins discouraging me from buying it back when I was a teenager.”

Haw… Now you’ve done it!!! You are going to make me spend more money on Ebay hunting this down.

“Etta’s another one of those parts of Wonder Woman’s mythos that creators following Marston over the years just don’t seem to know what to do with (like Steve Trevor, Diana Prince, and apparently the amazons now). I think she’d work great with a Jack Kirby style makeover. She’d lead a sassy team of either rodeo cowgirls or female footballers called The Powderpuff Posse and just go around beating up on pretty much everything.”

Oh yeah! Cool and dead on!

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