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Every day this August I’ll be spotlighting strange but ultimately endearing comic stories, one a day (basically, we’re talking lots and lots of Silver Age comic books). Here is the archive of past installments of this feature.
Today we look at a unique farewell to a Wonder Woman era by Robert Kanigher…
In Wonder Woman #156, in response to the “Golden Age nostalgia” of the mid-60s, Kanigher had Wonder Woman re-visit the Golden Age by having a new Golden Age style adventure. The issue must have done well, so in #158 (with art by the longtime Wonder Woman art team of Ross Andru and Mike Esposito), Kanigher says goodbye to the current Wonder Woman cast, including the awful Bird-Man and Merman as well as the cute (but absurd) Wonder Girl and Wonder Tot.
There were two stories in Wonder Woman #158. Here is how weird the second story is. Check out the ending of the first story…
And this story pales in comparison to the second story!!!!
With all the talk about the internet and reactions to DC’s relaunch news, check out how Kanigher mocks fan reaction and the fan press back in 1965…
Wonder Woman comes across a villain acting oddly. As it turned out, he wanted one last chance at victory before he might be “erased”….
Even Wonder Woman’s fellow Amazons are worried (they also apparently get comic book fanzines on Paradise Island)….
This leads us to the bizarre scene of Robert Kanigher firing his current supporting cast…
That’s certainly one way to do it!
How come none of DC’s books did something like this? Who wouldn’t want to see a writer explain to the Teen Titans what is going to happen to them?
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