Doppelgangers, Dating, And Dinosaurs: Wonder Woman’s Weirdest Silver Age Moments
Everyone knows the Silver Age was pretty wacky at DC Comics. But for Wonder Woman, who was already pretty weird in the Golden Age, it was even more bizarre. Silver Age Wonder Woman comics are full of giants, evil doppelgangers, aliens, and dinosaurs. There's a lot of stuff about romance and dating, but two of the love interests are a merman and a bird man. There's also a blob who sings rock and roll songs. So yeah, it's pretty strange.
Wonder Woman shares her book for most of that era with her teenage self, Wonder Girl, and her toddler self, Wonder Tot. Although these two begin in separate stories, Superboy-style, the soon end up appearing alongside the adult Princess Diana for reasons that are never really well-explained. That weirdness led to Wonder Girl showing up as a separate person in Teen Titans, which was how Donna Troy was created by accident.
Most Silver Age DC Comics don't have creator credits, but we know that most of these stories were written by Robert Kanigher. I've counted the Silver Age as starting the month that the Flash first appeared in Showcase, at which time Wonder Woman was still drawn by her original artist, Harry G. Peter. After he passed away in 1958, the art reigns went to Ross Andru, who would remain at the helm with Kanigher until 1968, when the character was rebooted sans costume and powers by Mike Sekowsky. I'm counting that as the beginning of Wonder Woman's Bronze Age, even if things were still pretty Silver elsewhere.
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