- Publisher: DC Comics (1977)
- ASIN: B0026NANZQ
- Package Dimensions: 13.2 x 10.1 x 0.3 inches
- Shipping Weight: 9.6 ounces
- Average Customer Review: 2 customer reviews
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Superman VS. Wonder Woman (All New Collectors' Edition C-54) Paperback – 1977
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Superman and Wonder Woman of Earth Two battle each other as Wonder Woman attempts to destroy The Manhattan Project and prevent the development of atomic weapons while Superman seeks to ensure that America develops them before the Axis. But they must set their differences aside as the agents of the Axis seek to steal vital information about the project and ensure that the Axis develops the atom bomb first. Treasury Format. Continued from "Famous First Edition" and continues to "All New Collectors' Edition". These were tabloid sized (Treasury Edition) comics with odd numbering, continued in part from Famous 1st Editions which went to 9 issues these for some reason were started at # C-20, but skipped numbers from time to time so that some, such as C-30, were not used, skipping from 29 to 31. Unlike Famous 1st Editions much of the content was made up not of reprints, but new material. A continuation of "Limited Collectors' Edition" under a new name. This series changed back and forth between the All New Collector's Edition name and the Limited Collectors' Edition name resulting in the odd numbering of the issues.
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Conway set the story during World War II, where Superman learns of an Axis plot to infiltrate and steal the plans of the Manhattan Project. Wonder Woman, having foiled a similar plot, seeks to learn the purpose of the Manhattan Project. Its secrets horrify her and lead her to the conclusion that humanity cannot be trusted with such destructive potential. She seeks to dismantle the atomic reactor under the University of Chicago. Superman arrives, arguing that he trusts the U.S. to make the right choice. In order to avoid harming people or property, Superman and Wonder Woman relocate to the Moon to decide whose view is correct through trial by combat. During their fight, Baron Blitzkrieg and Sumo attack the Oak Ridge and Los Alamos facilities, stealing two halves of an experimental atomic reactor. The U.S. government recalls Superman and Wonder Woman, who then seek to retrieve the reactor halves. They defeat Baron Blitzkrieg and Sumo, but the Baron feigned unconsciousness and connected the halves of the reactor, which begins to go critical. Superman and Wonder Woman barely escape the atomic explosion. On the final page, President Franklin Roosevelt assures Wonder Woman that the atomic bomb will never be used as a weapon of war so long as he's president. Though Superman believes this proof enough of the U.S. government's good intentions, Wonder Woman warns that, like Pandora's Box, "once the demons escape, they can never be recaptured... not if we try and try... till the very end of time" (pg. 72).
The story itself is entertaining, though out of canon as successive writers update both Superman and Wonder Woman's backstories to keep them in the modern world. Artists Jose Luis Garcia Lopez and Dan Adkins fully utilize the tabloid size with lavish splash pages and great background detail. Some of the action scenes recall the World War II-era comics of both characters, but the villains are relatively toned-down. Sumo necessarily appears somewhat noble and tragic as modern interpretations of the war and its atomic aftermath make any reproduction of the Japanese villains from the war years unprintable, but Baron Blitzkrieg, for all his posturing and backstory, is weak. Blitzkrieg isn't very menacing and, while he can battle Superman, he never feels like more than a villain-of-the-week type of threat. There was a lot of potential for the character, but it never fully develops. Conway's discussion of the threat of nuclear war is the most interesting part of this, especially as he wrote during the period of détente in the Cold War. This critical reappraisal of the American use of atomic weapons in World War II and its legacy is surprisingly nuanced at points for a comic book. Both fans and comic scholars should give this a read.