"Target for Today?": A man dying of gunshot wounds stumbles into Diana’s boutique, reveals that he is a secret agent for a government agency headed by General Stuart, for whom I-Ching also once worked, and tells her that Stuart must learn of an assassination planned on the Koronian ambassador. T
Appearing in "Target for Today?"
- General Stuart
- Baron Anatole Karoli
- United States of America
Synopsis for "Target for Today?"
A man dying of gunshot wounds stumbles into Diana’s boutique, reveals that he is a secret agent for a government agency headed by General Stuart, for whom I-Ching also once worked, and tells her that Stuart must learn of an assassination planned on the Koronian ambassador. Then he dies. After Diana and Ching defeat two killers seeking the dead agent, Ching goes to Washington to contact Gen. Stuart, and Diana goes to Kennedy Airport, where she stops another apparent assassination attempt on Anatole Karoli, the ambassador from Koronia. Karoli insists on taking Diana out, and begins romancing her, during which time she foils more attempts on his life. Later, Gen. Stuart and I-Ching meet with Diana. The general tells Diana that she is still in the Army Reserve, even though she has resigned her commission, and he reappoints her lieutenant with the task of keeping Karoli safe from assassination. Diana goes to Washington, D. C. with Karoli and saves him from still more apparent murder attempts. But, just after Karoli shakes hands with President Nixon, Diana knocks Karoli down, kicks a pistol he had been packing away from him, and knocks him unconscious. She removes a mask from “Karoli”’s face, explaining to the president that she saw the bottom of the mask poking out from under his collar. The “assassination attempts” were really fakes, and the “ambassador” was really an assassin seeking the president’s life. Later, the president tells Diana and Gen. Stuart that the killer was an agent of the party out of power in the Koronian government, and their plan was to make it appear that one of the opposition had been guilty of the assassination of the president.
Appearing in "Introducing Wonder Woman"
- Nazi Party
- Fritz (Single appearance)
- Von Storm (Single appearance)
Synopsis for "Introducing Wonder Woman"
U.S. Army Intelligence pilot Steve Trevor flies his fighter across the Atlantic in search of a Nazi spy. His jet runs out of gas and he crash lands on Paradise Island. Two Amazons, Diana and Mala recover him and bring him to their hospital. Diana spends several days nursing his wounds and slowly begins to fall in love with him. Her mother, Queen Hippolyta reminds the Amazon that men are forbidden to set foot on Paradise Island, much less remain there. She declares that as soon as Trevor is fit for travel, he is to be returned to the United States.
During Steve's convalescence, Hippolyta and Diana use the Magic Sphere to divine the nature of Steve's arrival on the Island. They look into the past and learn of Trevor's secret mission.
Two Nazi agents named Von Storm and Fritz hijacked an experimental robot plane and attempted to bomb an army airfield. Trevor heroically took control of the plane and drove the Nazis away. He was in pursuit of Fritz' fighter across the ocean, when he crashed on the Island.
Hippolyta decrees that an Amazon agent should be sent to the United States to aid the American in their fight against the Nazis. She holds a great tournament to determine which of her warriors should act as their good will ambassador. Diana wants to participate in the tournament, but Hippolyta forbids it.
Diana disguises herself with a simple mask and enters the tournament anyway. She masters every competition and becomes one of two finalists to compete in the Bullets and Bracelets competition. Diana defeats her opponent, Mala, and reveals her true identity to the crowd. Hippolyta agrees to allow Diana to travel to the United States. She provides her with a patriotic costume and bestows upon her the name of Wonder Woman.
Appearing in "The Stormy Menace of Goblin Head Rock"
Synopsis for "The Stormy Menace of Goblin Head Rock"
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- Beginning with this issue the cover price and format of the series changes. The cover raises from 15 cents per copy to 25 cents per copy and the page count is increased to 52-pages per issue (padded with reprinted stories).
- Final Mike Sekowsky issue.
- "Introducing Wonder Woman" was originally printed in All-Star Comics #8; reprints the 1st appearance of the Golden Age Wonder Woman.
- "The Stormy Menace of Goblin Head Rock" is a previously unpublished Golden Age story.
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Links and References
- Wonder Woman article at Wikipedia
- Wonder Woman at the DCU Guide
- Wonder Woman index at Dark Mark's Indexing Domain
- Wonder Woman at TV Tropes