Luke Cage History: From Hero for Hire to Hollywood
TV, Comic Books
Every week, I will spotlight strange but ultimately endearing comic stories (basically, we’re talking lots and lots of Silver Age comic books). Here is the archive of all the installments of this feature.
Today we take a look at the time when Wonder Woman was forced to work at Taco Bell (well, technically Taco Whiz because they couldn’t actually call it Taco Bell in the comic, but come on, we all know it is Taco Bell).
It began with Wonder Woman #72, the beginning of Lee Moder and Ande Parks’ tenure as the art team on Wonder Woman with writer William Messner-Loebs, who had taken over from George Perez with issue #63. Loebs’ first story arc involved Wonder Woman being kidnapped to outer space, presumed dead. She has now returned to Earth and finds the Amazons gone and her without a room (as, again, she has been presumed to be dead).
So she goes looking for a job, but finds that “superhero” really doesn’t qualify you for a ton of corporate jobs, especially in the hard hit economy of the early 1990s…
She talks with Quinn, the woman who is renting what was once Diana’s room, who unintentionally gives Diana an idea for a job…
And thus begins Diana’s tenure as an employee at Taco Bell!
A couple of issues later, Diana embraces her new job…
And an issue or two later, she is even extolling the virtues of the establishment when she is interrupted by a friend…
Note how Loebs uses Dr. Fate to get across what must have been the number one complaint people had about Wonder Woman having to get a job. “Shouldn’t the Justice League pay her?”
A few issues later, it appears as though Diana’s Taco Whiz has become THE place to be among the superhero set…
Eventually, her salary situation is resolved and Diana never worked for the Taco joint again.
By the way, there were a bunch of really good issues in this run. Some touching stuff. Especially the hospital issue (which is alluded to above).
And, of course, the greatest part of this time in Wonder Woman’s career?
This Brian Bolland cover, of course….
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