ISSUE 117: October, 1960. WF (Wonder Family) explained by time viewing and time travel, which makes it OUT OF CONTINUITY. 12 pp. Members of WF in story: Diana and Hippolyta.

WW 117"Wonder Girl Meets Wonder Woman!" and because Diana is both WG and WW, the story's definitely out of continuity. WG watches her future self in the Time and Space Theatre on Paradise Island. And though her mother tells her, "It's impossible for anyone to be in two places at exactly the same time!", Diana thinks she can beat the rules of the DCU. Because "To Amazon scientists -- nothing is impossible!" Diana gets a miniature time-and-space projector which fits into her bracelet (but the darned thing won't keep good time), and dials herself into the future to the scene of a WW battle. But she arrives moments too late, and the criminals have already been subdued. (I suppose off-panel beatings were okay for WW to do.) It goes like that for the rest of the story as WG rescues a woman and toddler from a fire, gets caught in the backwash after WW sends a missile back to an enemy sub, saves the people in a diving bell from (of course) a giant crab by utilizing a giant electric eel, rescues riders on a runaway roller coaster (just after WW was seen judging a beauty contest) (I said, a beauty contest!).

But wait-- A meteor plunges down to Paradise Island, where Diana's catching a few rays on a deck, and though WG tries to catch it, she ends up squashed (but conscious) -- and WW saves her. But wait again -- it's a hallucination from the impact, and "Wonder Woman" is in fact Hippolyta, who we may assume is the Hippy of WW's day, though she acts like she just saw WG a few minutes ago. She reminds WG that it's impossible to meet up with her future self, and WG vows that someday she will.

NOTE: Lettercol: Supposedly WW herself wrote this thing. All the editorial replies are signed by her. Yet at the very beginning, she runs through a list of fan names "who have written in to ask if you might enter the next Wonder Woman contest, I must remind you that the contest is open only to the (fictional) characters who appear in Wonder Woman Magazine. I know how real these fictional people must seem to you -- because they are based on real people." Yeah, right. But see? I TOLD you some readers would get confused.

And later on we have: "Dear Wonder Woman: How did Wonder Woman get her powers? Of course, I know that her weapons have powers, but how does that explain why she's so strong? Please explain. --Matthew Tristani, Detroit Mich.

"Dear Matthew: I keep in shape with intensive Amazon training. This is necessary, becasue each year I must answer the challenge of any Amazon who wants to take my place.-- Wonder Woman"

Ah. Compare and contrast the Silver Age WW to today's WW, who got her powers from the gods and the gods alone, who doesn't have to work up a sweat EVER and who's WW for life. The Silver Age WW had to work and work hard for what she had, and as such was a better inspiration to her readers. Even Robert Kanigher understood this; why didn't George Perez? (Pardon me for ranting. This particular aspect of the post-Crisis WW is the one big thing I have against her. It seemed to me that the character took a giant step backwards when she was rebooted.)

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ISSUE 118: Nov, 1960. WF explained by flashback, so it's IN CONTINUITY. 25 pp. Members of WF in story: Diana (and a non-speaking one-panel cameo by Hippolyta).

WW 118"Wonder Woman's Impossible Decision!" brings in Merman to the adult WW mythos. That's Merman, no name, no hyphen, who during the course of confronting a jealous Stevie (shades of the Lois and Lana feud), reminisces about his boyhood days with Wonder Girl.

She had saved him from a giant clam (is this a good time to start a drinking game where every time something giant turns up in the book, you can take a swig?), but when Mer-Boy went to Paradise Island, the Amazons warned him as they always did that "no man may set foot on our island... or all of us will suffer the loss of our Amazon powers!" Yet years later, some WW writers didn't know that, and in issue #216 Black Canary found out a ridiculous other doom that I didn't believe for a second. Anyway, these Amazons didn't seem to mind that Mer-Boy didn't have any feet to set foot on the island with.

At any rate, we see flashbacks of WG saving M-B from a monster eel (does that count?) and driving away yet another of those killer whales. We see WG's first kiss for Mer-Boy after he presents her some flowers, visits to the undersea malt shoppe (again, there's a reference to the special equipment she uses to stay underwater), and how the two won many prizes at dance contests and Diana loved to ride seahorses in the merpeople's annual steeplechase.

But Diana grew up and the story reverts to the present day, culmianating in a rescue where WW has to choose between which man to save. Steve jumps supposedly to his doom so she can save Merman, but Diana jumps and grabs him while Merman loses his own grip, and in the absence of air currents to glide on, she digs into the cliff with her stiletto heels, slowing her fall, while using her Wonder breath to cushion Merman's fall. There's an exceptional picture of WW on page 24, looking more like Curt Swan than Andru & Esposito, with an odd angle and odd position. WW doesn't look like typical WW of the era; she looks like a real superhero.

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ISSUE 119: Jan, 1961. WF explained by historical story, so it's IN CONTINUITY. Note: from here on, even if WG refers to her future self as "Wonder Woman" I'm going to treat it as if she said "A Wonder Woman" and by that just means that she wants to be important and help a lot of people when she grows up. "Wonder Woman" in the Amazon tongue just names the Amazon champion, after all. 13 pp. Members of WF in story: Diana and Hippolyta.

WW 119"Mer-Boy's Secret Prize!" Mer-Boy's disharmonious shell-playing disturbs WG as she suns herself (wearing shades) by the sea, so she tells M-B to kiss off, then more kindly says, "Better forget me, Mer-Boy--" for she's got an Important Destiny ahead of herself, "and find some nice mer-girl who'll make you happy!"

We see WG acting as a human bridge with Amazons running over her back, while M-B doesn't even touch his seaweed sundae at the local mer-teen hangout. He's lovesick. He determines that he's going to win a fishing contest (for the "most unusual fish") and bring home first prize, a pearl tiara (funny prize for a fishing contest if you ask me), which he'll then present to Wonder Girl and win her heart back.

After WG swims five miles underwater with her hands bound (it's one of those funky Amazon tests), she glides out to sea to watch M-B's fishing prowess. He brings up some old boots, then grabs the bench upon which a mercouple is necking. They deride him: "It's the younger generation!" (and it's still three years until the Beatles arrive in the US) M-B suffers the bad luck of having one of those giant rocs caught on his hook. WG throws a piece of coral through the air at such speed that -- get this -- it turns into a smoke screen, hiding her from the bird while shse rescues Mer-Boy. Safely back underwater, she tells M-B to quit the contest because he just keeps getting into trouble that she has to waste her time by saving him.

Undeterred, M-B keeps on and after he snares a shark, one of those brontosaurus things that live nearby eats it. WG catches up and throws the bront into the face of an attacking roc and the bront spits out the shark.

So M-B sits dejected with WG as they watch the winners of the fishing contest and their prize. M-B swims away by himself, only to find the shark from before running around with his line still in its mouth. He gives a jerk on the line and retrieves a pearl tiara that the shark must have swallowed. How ironic. Of course this tiara is ever so much better than the fishing contest tiara, and WG grabs her "prize" from him with delight. NOTE: WG featured character on cover.

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ISSUE 120: Feb, 1961. WF explained by historical story, so it's IN CONTINUITY. 26 pp, but the WG part is 14 pp. Members of WF in story: Diana and Hippolyta. Note: Diana's hair ribbon (and bracelets) disappears and reappears throughout this adventure. Her curly bangs have practically disappeared by now, leaving the straighter ones that Donna would have.

WW 120"The Secret of Volcano Mountain!" Is one of those stories in which Wonder Girl confronts a villain and then years later as WWoman, she confronts him again. The story begins with the Amazons tracking a comet that seems to have originated from Mercury, the planet of temperature extremes.

WG glides over the ocean only to have Mer-Boy grab her ankles and hang on so he can ask her to a dance. Suddenly a meteor from the comet crashes into the sea, forming an iceberg. The meteor freezes the merpeople and Mer-Boy throws himself at it, but becomes stuck to it as a merboy icecube. Wonder Girl warms him up in her arms and then breaks up the icy sea so the now unfrozen merpeople who have floated up to warmer waters can swim off. Ah, but the meteor housed one of those invaders from outer space, this one a giant scout. Wonder Girl uses a convenient buoy to act as a lightning rod (outracing the lightning itself) and the scout is injured enough so he rockets back to Mercury with his tail between his legs. "You have won -- THIS time -- earthling!" But the alien vows to return and Diana spends years looking to the heavens...

And from there we launch into a WW adventure.

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ISSUE 121: Apr, 1961. WF explained by time viewers. If you close your eyes when Wonder Girl and Hippolyta look at Diana's future self, you could possibly maybe say this was in continuity, but you'd have to be drunk as well. OUT OF CONTINUITY, sorry. Such a shame, too, because it's a pretty keen story. 25 pp. Members of WF in story: Diana and Hippolyta.

WW 121"The Island Eater!" Ta ta ta-ra! Cover says: "For the FIRST time!... The Entire Wonder Woman Family." We begin in Wonder Girl's day as she and her mother watch the adult Diana (and the Holliday Girls) grab some gangsters at a seaside carnival. WW uses her Wonder breath to blow a cloud down from the sky, producing a fog to protect the girls. Interesting trick: WW lassos the crooks' helicopter, then wraps the lasso around the ferris wheel and instructs the carnies to start 'er up. The helicopter is thus reeled in like a fish.

Stevie Trevor picks this time to have one of his frequent accidents: His experimental plane burning for some reason, he ejects but his parachute becomes entangled on the wing. Perched on the wing of her own Invisible Plane, WW catches Steve, grabs his plane in her lasso, and twirls it so fast that the plane disintegrates, eliminating all threat to the carnival below.

WGirl leaves the theatre, leaving her mother to follow her present adventures on screen. "She looks so cute -- when she's serious!" Mom thinks. To develop her muscles, WG lifts some columns into place at a construction site. (Note: we see Amazons as construction workers.) At a sports field, Diana goes up against Orora by running across the tips of a field of upended swords. Diana catches her falling opponent just in time and not only finishes her row, but carries Ororo with her as well.

Whuh-oh, here comes that Mer-Boy, interrupting Diana's training again. He looks for treasure for her in a shipwreck and instead the two find a crack in time to the dinosaur age. A dimorphondon (that word's not in my dictionary or small encyclopedia) grabs the hapless M-B. At least now we know where all those brontosaurus-types come from, as WG uses one as a launching pad to get to M-B. Diana finally uses dimorphie's eggs to distract the creature and rescues Mer-Boy.

The Island Eater of the title is a giant crocodile-kind of dinosaur, who comes after them, but WG uses a giant eel to tie it up and they return back to their present through the crack.

The third act of our story concerns Hippolyta in Wonder Girl's day. She leads a space-going fleet to fend off a Plutonian invasion. The Plutonians demand that the Amazonian champion meet theirs in battle, so some kind of platform with gravity is set up and Hippy (in short-skirted armor with shield and sword) fights the giant robot-looking guy from Pluto. By throwing her sword at the guy's head she disrupts his mental-force powers and apparently this is enough to send the invasion fleet home. Notice that Hippolyta can withstand the vacuum conditions of space.

The story ends with Wonder Girl and Wonder Woman (in the future) watching the exploit and musing about how her mother "is the greatest Wonder Woman that ever lived!" NOTE: The shipwreck Wonder Girl explores shows reed construction, much like Thor Heyerdahl's Ra, but with just the one arced end (you need both ends arced to travel ocean conditions)... but I think it was a good fifteen years before he brought such boats as seafaring craft to the world's attention. Interesting use of ethnic design.

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