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TONY'S ONLINE TIPS
for Saturday, April 24, 2004

Sometimes it's best to let the pictures do the talking. We'll chat at the end of the column.

Wonder Woman #37
WONDER WOMAN #37 (September, 1949)
Cover: Bernard Sachs?
Story: "The Riddle of the Chinese Mummy Case"
Writer: Robert Kanigher
Artist: Harry G. Peter

Wonder Woman #48
WONDER WOMAN #48 (July, 1951)
Cover: Bob Oskner and Bernard Sachs (?)
Story: "Wonder Woman Vs. Robot Woman"
Writer: Robert Kanigher
Artist: Harry G. Peter

Wonder Woman #59
WONDER WOMAN #59 (May, 1953)
Cover: Bob Oskner and Bernard Sachs (?)
Story: "Wonder Woman's Invisible Twin"
Writer: Robert Kanigher
Artist: Harry G. Peter

Wonder Woman #62
WONDER WOMAN #62 (November, 1953)
Cover: Bob Oskner and Bernard Sachs
Story: "Wonder Woman's Triple Identity"
Writer: Robert Kanigher
Artist: Harry G. Peter

Wonder Woman #84
WONDER WOMAN #84 (August, 1956)
Cover: Irwin Hasen and Bernard Sachs
Story: "The Secret Wonder Woman"
Writer: Robert Kanigher
Artist: Harry G. Peter

Wonder Woman #90
WONDER WOMAN #90 (May, 1957)
Cover: Irwin Hasen and ?
Story: "Planet of the Giants"
Writer: Robert Kanigher
Artist: Harry G. Peter

Wonder Woman #98
WONDER WOMAN #98 (May, 1958)
Cover: Ross Andru and Mike Esposito
Story: "The Million Dollar Penny"
Writer: Robert Kanigher
Artists: Ross Andru and Mike Esposito

Wonder Woman #102
WONDER WOMAN #102 (November, 1958)
Cover: Ross Andru and Mike Esposito
Story: "The Three Faces of Wonder Woman"
Writer: Robert Kanigher
Artists: Ross Andru and Mike Esposito

Wonder Woman #111
WONDER WOMAN #111 (January, 1960)
Cover: Ross Andru and Mike Esposito
Story: "The Robot Wonder Woman"
Writer: Robert Kanigher
Artists: Ross Andru and Mike Esposito

Wonder Woman #115
WONDER WOMAN #115 (July, 1960)
Cover: Ross Andru and Mike Esposito
Story: "Graveyard of Monster Ships"
Writer: Robert Kanigher
Artists: Ross Andru and Mike Esposito

Wonder Woman #122
WONDER WOMAN #122 (May, 1961)
Cover: Ross Andru and Mike Esposito
Story: "The Skyscraper Wonder Woman"
Writer: Robert Kanigher
Artists: Ross Andru and Mike Esposito

Wonder Woman #134
WONDER WOMAN #134 (November, 1962)
Cover: Ross Andru and Mike Esposito
Story: "Menace of the Mirror-Wonder Woman"
Writer: Robert Kanigher
Artists: Ross Andru and Mike Esposito

Wonder Woman #142
WONDER WOMAN #142 (November, 1963)
Cover: Ross Andru and Mike Esposito
Story: "Captives of the Mirage World"
Writer: Robert Kanigher
Artists: Ross Andru and Mike Esposito

Wonder Woman #175
WONDER WOMAN #175 (April, 1968)
Cover: Irv Novick
Story: "Wonder Woman's Evil Twin"
Writer: Robert Kanigher
Artists: Irv Novick and Mike Esposito

Wonder Woman #222
WONDER WOMAN #222 (February, 1976)
Cover: Ernie Chan
Story: "Will the Real Wonder Woman Please...Drop Dead!"
Writer: Martin Pasko
Artists: Jose Delbo and Tex Blaisdell

Wonder Woman #228
WONDER WOMAN #228 (February, 1977)
Cover: Ernie Chan and Vince Colletta
Story: "Retreat to Tomorrow"
Writer: Martin Pasko
Artists: Jose Delbo and Vince Colletta

Wonder Woman #243
WONDER WOMAN #243 (November, 1978)
Cover: Rich Buckler and Vince Colletta
Story: "The Five-Sided Square"
Writer: Jack C. Harris
Artists: Jose Delbo and Frank Chiaramonte

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Was that a great run of covers or what?

I'm going to assume that these covers showing Wonder Woman in duplicate or even triplicate sold pretty well. Back in the 1950s, and, to a greater extent, the 1960s, an editor would have no qualms about recycling cover concepts as often as it continued to generate sales above and beyond the norm.

For today's TOT, I went with the "multiple heroine" theme, but there were so many others I could have used as well. Giant heroes, tiny heroes, elderly heroes, infant heroes...the possibilities are both many and hilarious. If you enjoyed this romp through the back issues, let me know and we'll do it again soon.

In the credit-where-credit-is-due department:

I drew my inspiration for today's TOT from Yahoo's DC HISTORY mailing list. Nearly three years ago, the members posted most (but not all) of the covers shown above. That's what gave me the idea to run them, one after another, so you could get the full impact of all those Wonder Women.

DC HISTORY is one of my favorite mailing lists: fun, friendly, and informative. To join, head over to:

http://groups.yahoo.com/group/DCHistory

The GRAND COMICS DATABASE was an invaluable resource for the covers and the credits of the Wonder Woman comics shown here. The occasional question mark means that the indexer of that particular item isn't positive about his identification.

Whether I'm doing research or just goofing off online, the GCD is a daily stop for me. There's no better place to joyously wallow in the great and not-so-great comic books of bygone years. You can jump right into the party by going to:

http://www.comics.org

Thanks for spending a part of your day with me. I'm taking a day off, but I'll be back on Monday with more stuff.

Tony Isabella

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