- Series: Wonder Woman Chronicles (Book 1)
- Paperback: 192 pages
- Publisher: DC Comics; Reprint edition (March 23, 2010)
- Language: English
- ISBN-10: 1401226442
- ISBN-13: 978-1401226442
- Product Dimensions: 6.6 x 0.4 x 10.2 inches
- Shipping Weight: 10.6 ounces
- Average Customer Review: 4.5 out of 5 stars See all reviews (10 customer reviews)
- Amazon Best Sellers Rank: #764,989 in Books (See Top 100 in Books)
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The Wonder Woman Chronicles Vol. 1 Paperback – March 23, 2010
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Collected in this trade are Wonder Woman's earliest tales:
All-Star Comics #08 (from December 1941/January 1942)
Sensation Comics #01-06 (from January-June 1942)
Wonder Woman #01 (from Summer 1942)
Sensation Comics #07-09 (from July-August 1942)
These issues tell the story of Wonder Woman's origins, her coming to America, her secret identity, and many other fun adventures (mostly fighting Nazis).
If you're interested in reading some classic Wonder Woman stories from the very beginning, this is an excellent trade to pick up. The origin story has been reprinted many times, but a lot of these stories were completely new to me, which was a real treat. It's a good thing this book is so well made, because I have been reading it over and over again.
I hope DC continues to make the Wonder Woman Chronicles books (and hopefully a little faster than one every other year).
EDIT: Since posting this review, it seems this book has gone out of print and is reaching ridiculous prices on the second hand market. Check your local comic shop before paying more than $15 for this book. I still see it stores for the retail price pretty often.
It is a little ridiculous that all the other volume 01 Chronicles books except for this and The Flash are still in print.
What I'm not happy about is the editing of the original content.
On page 140, or 3d in the issue of Wonder Woman number. 1, Etta Candy and Diana Prince are on a train bound for Texas.
So Etta hollers at a porter for one of her suitcases, the porter, who's African -American was originally drawn in the typical minstrel stereotype of the day.
The dialogue stays the same.
But the art has badly been reedited, I know it's embarrassing but this is a part of the history of the times.
But it shouldn't be sweep under the rug.
A disclaimer should always be printed to remind the reader that this material comes form a less enlighten era.
And that not only are minorities badly represented but women and war time enemies are also seen through prejudice, and chauvinist eyes.
Outside of that detail the only other remark I'll make is that some of the printing is a little dark, making some images hard to see.
But in the end I'm satisfy with this publication giving us the genesis of one the greats at the beginning of the comics book era.
From contemporary battles with Nazis to flashbacks of Queen Hippolyte fighting Hercules to Wonder Woman contending with a variety of criminals and even dealing with circus animals gone berzerk, the reader is taken on a smorgasbord of adventurous danger and activity. And this is only the beginning. Future Chronicles will introduce a host of other deadly opponents such as Mars, the god of war, and his "henchmen" Lord Conquest and the Duke of Deception. Hopefully, her worst female nemesis - the Cheetah - will eventually appear.Read more ›
The fact that Wonder Woman is at this stage speaking out for love, and feminism, and is essentially a socialist-- a righter of wrongs, a rabble-douser -- is very appealing, touching. (I understand the current WW has been retconned into being the daughter of a war god or some such -- eff that.)
While Peter does fine with all the lissome figures and the innumerable bondage scenes, he's at sea in the simplest action scene. But the crudity is redolent of comics' golden age, and so, oddly charming.
Great companion piece to the Jill Lepore book.
Most Recent Customer Reviews
Excellent condition and format. Already preparing next orders. I highly recommend to any Wonder Woman fan.Published 3 months ago by Gregg Williams
Like I said in the title, I had to buy this for a college class I was taking, but I totally ended up really enjoying it, and nobody enjoys required readingPublished 4 months ago by Erica
This was a comic way ahead of its time! Love strong female characters. None surpassed Wonder Woman in 1939-1940's. This is worth getting!!Published 4 months ago by Michael
As a fan of golden age comic books, and a comics historian, I really thought I would enjoy this. I wanted to like this. The first issue, the origin, was okay. Read morePublished 8 months ago by GSD