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Post by Nuuni Nuunani on Tue Dec 29, 2015 4:09 pm

Day 25: Hypnota
One of Wonder Womans more fascinating and disappointingly underused villains, Hypnota is one of the most blatantly trans villains in comics.

Originally a stage magician who did tricks with his identical twin sister, tragedy struck one day when the gun for their act misfired and the bullet lodged in his brain. The bullets penetration happened to give Hypnota mind powers (As bullets are wont to do.) Specifically the power to hypnotize people by means of eye contact, forcing them to do whatever Hypnota wishes.

So Hypnota uses his powers on Wonder Woman to find out her one weakness, and using that weakness, is able to render her powerless.

Now this is important because as established, Hypnota's sister was his identical twin. And Wonder Womans weakness is very specific. To clarify, during the golden age, the amazons all bore bracelets of submission. Near indestructible gauntlets which were capable of deflecting bullets, lasers, and even bolts of lightning. They were also power limiters, and represented an amazons self control.

The hiccup to this is that the Amazons were told that they could never let a man weld chains to their bracelets, for that would take away their powers and thus their agency. That is because if someone is using what represents self control in order to imprison them, then the Amazons no longer have control or free will. This specifically only works if a man is doing it however. Which is also to represent men chaining down womens abilities and robbing them of their liberties and freedoms.

Shockingly enough, this does not come up very often. Unlike a certain journalist, Wonder Woman never openly broadcast her weaknesses for everyone to hear. She doesn't have to worry about an island full of chains and blowtorches, or of someone mixing chains and blowtorches into jewelery, or be forced to deal with a giant meteor made from chains and blowtorches, or even contend with a killer robot powered by chains and blowtorches.

Thus, when Hypnota chained down Wonder Woman, robbing her of her powers, this confirmed Hypnota of being a man, despite still physically resembling his twin sister.

As far as I know, this is the most open example of a trans character in comics until the 80s.
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Post by Nuuni Nuunani on Wed Dec 30, 2015 4:17 pm

Day 26: Archivian
Owner of a book store specializing in rare and uncommon works across all manner of languages, Archivian's greatest patron is Wonder Woman herself, who regularly orders books through his shoppe, and will even go to him in search of information regarding rare literatures unheard of by anyone else.

A minor footnote in the history of Wonder Woman, but I just really like the idea that Wonder Woman, with all the knowledge of the Amazons, doesn't sit back on her laurels. That she left the island and invests her free time perusing the literature of the outside world to broaden her education and understanding of other cultures.

Oh, and during his appearance, it is confirmed that Wonder Woman is an outright polygot who has learned every human language past and present. (On top of being able to talk to all flora, fauna, elements, and aliens.)
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Post by Nuuni Nuunani on Thu Dec 31, 2015 2:06 pm

Day 27: Althea
The greatest physician of the Amazons, Althea was the one to treat Steve Trevor...And fail to save his life. Tragically, his injuries were to great and he perished at her hands for even the greatest of the Amazons physicians could not save him...

That is except for Wonder Woman!

Having found the poor man wounded and dying Diana vowed to save his life and when death seemed certain, Diana used her boundless knowledge and wisdom honed through centuries of study alongside her fellow amazons to invent...The Purple Ray!

A marvel even by the standards of advanced Amazonian technology, the Purple Ray was a device which could heal any injury...Even death if used within one hour! The machine however was bulky and fragile, making it impossible to transport, and the technologies used to create it were centuries ahead of anything used by the rest of the world.

Wonder Woman was not merely the strongest of the Amazons. She was created to be intelligent. And not just in terms of scientific knowledge, but she was also gifted with intuitive brilliance, and a great understanding of people which helped her to reach out to others and work to talk down monsters and broker peace between enemies.
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Post by Nuuni Nuunani on Fri Jan 01, 2016 3:24 pm

Day 28: Mugsy Mcgrew

A terrible bully, Mugsy was a boy who Diana encountered that was harassing a young lad by the name of Jimmy Simpson who led a gang of children who took a twisted delight in beating other children and forcing the weaker kids to fight for his own amusement.

Stopping the bully, Wonder Woman asked him why he did what he did, and asked what made him think it was right of him to do so. In response, the child gives a 'strong bully the weak' argument to which Diana responds with the classic 'how would you feel' counterpoint to which the child admits that it is a good point. Diana then asks the boy what made him think it was alright for him to do something like this, to which the child says that his dad does it all the time whenever he is upset.

Wonder Woman, discovering this, has the child lead her to his home, and comes in to find the drunken lout attacking his daughter who tired of being abused, has a gun and is about to shoot the deadbeat, when Wonder Woman leaps between the two and deflects the bullet.

The daughter runs out of the room while the father screams in panic, thinking he had been shot. Diana, pointing out that the big cry baby was perfectly fine, demanded to know what made the stupid bully think he had the right to abuse others. He tries to blame it on his alchoholism and his difficulty finding a job, which Diana brushes aside and points out that that does not excuse abusive and toxic behavior.

In the end, Wonder Woman convinces the jerk dad to reform, Mugsy has sworn to never bully another child, and through her actions, had made the world a better place by using words instead of violence.

Mugsy serves as an interesting example of how Wonder Woman deals with problems as opposed to Batman and Superman. Particularly because the subject of school bullies is something all three characters have dealt with in the past.

In Supermans case, he simply tells bullies not to be bullies. (In one case he picked one up and hung them from the top of a tree by their trousers and left them there.)

Batman intimidates the bullys and threatening to put them in jail with the criminals if they keep it up. (In more recent years he turns around and trains the bullied to fight.)

Wonder Woman though seeks to reason with people. Tries to understand the cause of their bullying ways, and seeks to break the cycle and do away with the violence in its entirety.

Wonder Woman was one who only used violence as the last resort and even then, only to incapacitate. ANY sort of violence was her last resort and she would strive to talk and reason with people, and try to resolve their problems.
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Post by Nuuni Nuunani on Sat Jan 02, 2016 5:00 pm

Day 29: General Standpat
Professional jerk and obnoxious person, Standpat was a member of the American military during WW2 who was convinced that it wasn't the Nazis who were a danger to America, but instead it was really WOMEN! He viewed women being allowed to vote as socialism, saw women serving in the military as a disgrace to the nation and when he finds out someone is trying to kill him, he insists that it has to be an evil womenz because they are untrustworthy...Despite the fact that the country was currently at war.

This asshat of a character shockingly enough, was actually based on a widley spread viewpoint of the time, and his hatred and distrust of women (Wonder Woman included) far outweighed any other interests or concerns of the obnoxious jerk.

Of all the military characters that appear in Wonder Womans mythos, Standpat is probably the most loathsome.

On a positive note, he served to define the viewpoint of other characters. When he starts spouting his gibberish to Steve Trevor, he looks at Standpat with disgust and when Standpat discovered that the intelligence specialist that Colonel Darnell ordered on a mission Lieutenant Prince was a WOMANZ, Standpat ordered her to ride in a truck trailing his own which contained a herd of pigs. Steve opted to join Diana, voicing that at least the pigs in THIS truck were not obnoxious.
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Post by Nuuni Nuunani on Sun Jan 03, 2016 4:08 pm


Day 30: Philip Darnell

An unsung hero of the Wonder Woman mythos, Philip Darnell was the colonel (and eventually general) who Steve and Diana served under within the military.

While certain modern day writers lament about the lack of patriarchal figures in the Wonder Woman mythos and in general miss the whole point of the character, they are simply overlooking the fact that Philip Darnell filled that role within the Wonder Woman mythos and did it well.

While generally speaking he was usually only around to hand Diana and Steve missions and warn them of villainous plots, Darnell had a sense of fairness which was rare for the period, in that he valued people on what they could actually do, rather than any special privileges they might claim to have. This might seem like a minor thing, but when Wonder Woman first joined the military, it was as a secretary, because she needed to get in quickly, and that was the fastest way to do it. Darnell, recognizing Dianas capability, made her an official member of the military with the rank of lieutenant with the rank of nurse, and valued her as one of the greatest units under her command.

He is also a very friendly and personable person, with an intimate familiarity with everyone who serves under him. When he finds out Etta is in trouble, he orders Diana and Steve to go help her. Officially giving them 'time off' so they can come her aid without military red tape.

His greatest contribution though would have to be in accepting Dianas suggestions for setting up funds for widows, and offering employment to women in need. He is someone who is happy to help people if given a means of doing so.

While he is not fighting bad guys like Etta and Steve, Philip Darnell does his part to help, and he serves as a proof that despite the claims of critis, the Wonder Woman mythos wasn't some 'anti men' agenda, and that it celebrated people working to push for equality regardless of gender.
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Post by Nuuni Nuunani on Mon Jan 04, 2016 3:24 pm

Day 31: Duke Dalgan
The man fated to kill Wonder Woman!
After his gang was soundly defeated by Wonder Woman, mob boss Duke Dalgan decided to get rid of Wonder Woman once and for all. Realizing that she deflects every bullet shot at her, he had commisioned a special bullet containing poisonous gas which would release a cloud of toxin into the air upon impact, such as striking against an unbreakable bracelet!

Hippolyta, sitting at home on the island using the Amazonian magic sphere (A sort of wall tv that lets someone see events from the past, present and future) was on her daily routine of looking a few into Dianas future to see how her daughter will be doing. (As nosy mothers are wont to do) Hippolyta found out that Diana was going to die and beseeched Aphrodite to allow her to leave the island so that she might save her daughter. Aphrodite agreed, on the condition that Hippolyta didn't reveal her identity, and that she returned within three days time. Thus she changed Hippolytas appearance, masking it so no one would recognize it, and let Hippolyta head off.

When she arrives, Hippolyta tries to reason with Diana without explaining who she was but being ignored, Hippolyta is forced to do battle with her daughter, the two engaging in a contest of strength and ability, which Diana soundly loses at. Baffled, Diana declares that no woman is better than her, which Hippolyta chastises her for and getting her daughter out of the way, Hippolyta dons her daughters costume so that everyone would see her as Wonder Woman foils the attempted murder of Wonder Woman, catches the crook who nearly killed Diana, and frees her daughter before heading back to the island, with Diana none the wiser as to her mothers trip from the island.

And that golden age tale was the first time that Hippolyta was Wonder Woman
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Post by Nuuni Nuunani on Tue Jan 05, 2016 4:25 pm

Wonder Woman character of the day

day 32: Vina Kling

Student under Professor Karma, inventor of the Astroscope, Vina learned of a means to project her astral form with no need of a special device, and send it off into a land of dreams and the subconcious. There, she was able to take hold of peoples dream selves as they slept and pull them in, tormenting them and brainwashing them into commiting murders and other ghastly deeds at her bidding.

Vina was a fascinating villain in that her world of dreams was all about the subconcious and imagination. There, Wonder Woman was not necesarily the strongest one in the room. She enlists the Holliday girls to join her, and Etta in her dreams is Dianas equel in terms of strength.

And in a world where monsters are ones own fears, and EVERYTHING is a symbol, the image of Wonder Woman on a throne and in chains is a fascinating one. Would expect nothing less from a villain inspired by dream therapy and invented by a psychologist.

It leaves me baffled why the land of dreams is not put to greater use in comics. In many ways it is the foundation of comics themselves, and the likes of Vina make for especially frightening villains since strength of arms mean nothing to someone who attacks you in dreams.
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Post by Nuuni Nuunani on Wed Jan 06, 2016 4:13 pm

Day 33: Mavis

Former slave of the Baroness, Mavis was one of the women who were brought to the Amazons reformation island in order to rehabilitate her. Regaining her free will, she swore to kill Paula Von Gunther for what was done to her, despite Paula long since reforming and dedicating her life to service in Aphrodites name. And to get her revenge on Wonder Woman...Because reasons.

Kidnapping Paula's daughter Greta to use as a hostage, stealing the invisible jet and using it to bomb countless vesssels silently unseeen, using her knowledge of Paulas abandoned spy network to rebuild it and make it stronger than ever, she quite probably would have succeeded in killing Wonder Woman, were it not for her one mistake.

Believing the source of Wonder Womans power to be the bracelets she wore, Mavis used a powerful acid to eat away at the bracelets, destroying them. In reality however, the bracelets are actually limiters. They halve Wonder Womans strength, and removing them does away with her self control, and turns her into a blood thirsty berserker.

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The bracelets of submission were meant to symbolize self control and restraint. And all amazons choose to wear them, because they prefer self control over a lack of it. Without them, Amazons become...Very 90s.
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Post by Nuuni Nuunani on Thu Jan 07, 2016 4:25 pm

Day 34: Gay Frollick
Let me just take a moment to once again state that Marston was the champion of character names.

Born with a serious expression and living to work, Gay spent her whole life focused on nothing but work and study, with no time for fun and frivolities. She ignores all offers of free time, declines breaks and vacations by choice, and when her boss asks for her hand in marriage, she accepted because it was a way to literally marry her job.

When one of her coworkers confronts her with proof that her husband was really a mobster and that his business is really a front, Gay refuses to believe it and ignores the mans pleas to help testify against him.

Next day, the man is found dead, she is declared guilty of murder and thus spends years in prison doing time for a crime she did not commit. Her mother dies while she is gone, when she gets out her husband wants nothing to do with her, and no one will hire her because she served time in prison.

Deciding that her life was not worth living, Gay takes a trip to Niagra falls and on a cruise boat atop the falls, she jumps, intending to fall to her death.

HOWEVER, Diana having a love of natural beauty, was also on said tourist vessel and seeing Gay Frollick take the plunge, she changed into her costume, leaped into the raging river, swam DOWN THE NIAGRA FALLS aftrer Gay, caught her, SWAM BACK UP THE NIAGRA FALLS and carried her to shore!

When Gay explains why she did it, Diana concludes that the poor womans life is empty with no means of enjoyment. Determined to help Gay, Diana enlists the help of a group of people who long mastered the ways of partying and having fun after difficult work, who knew how to enjoy themselves and how to party and have fun. That group naturally being college students! More specifically, Etta Candy and the Holliday girls. Taking her to college, Diana leaves Gay in Ettas hands and is encouraged to just relax and have fun. Is offered sweets, is shown a life of enjoyment, and is encouraged to pick up dancing, something she always dreamed of doing but never found time.

Gay, turning over a new leaf, realizes the importance of having fun and relieving stress and becomes determined to better the world at large! With Dianas help, Gay Frollick opens 'Fun Clinics' facilities which free of charge, welcome people to come and relieve their stress. Be it having the chance to just sit back and eat some sweets, to taking a hammer to a pile of dishes after constant house work. All in the name of not letting stress consume ones life.

However, Gay Frollicks finances were rapidly dwindeling, and her clinics were in danger of closing down. Thus, Diana decided to invent something that would not only fund the clinics, but also better the world even more in the process!

Thus, Diana with the help of Mala and a reformed Baroness, invented 'Blue Ether, the Fun fuel' a cheap fuel that does not harm the environment, offers greater power and fuel efficiency than any form of gasoline, and she declared that she would sell it for one cent per gallon.

The effect was immediate. Gasoline and its toxic fumes soon vanished from the world to be replaced with Blue Ether, and Gay Frollick was able to open Fun Clinics across the world, founding 'the Fun Foundation' to strive and help the world and make it a better place.

This is where Wonder Woman truly differs from her counterparts. Not only within the trinity, but the superhero community at large.

Supermans goal was to inspire mankind to become better "Do good to others and every man can be a Superman"

Batmans goal was to do away with crime. "I will cure the disease that is crime so that all man may be uplifted"

Wonder Womans goal was far greater. "I go to Mans world to bring peace and enlightenment." She came to the world to make the world as a whole a better place. And unlike any other hero, she not only strived to improve the world, but she succeeded! Wonder Woman defied status quo and the idea that the world must be kept in a bubble. She activly improved the world, making it a better place and using her mind to not just fight crime, but improve the living conditions and quality of life for all of humanity. She would not settle for saving single city when a whole world needs her aid.
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Post by Nuuni Nuunani on Fri Jan 08, 2016 3:49 pm

Day 35: Mayor Prude
Mayor of 'Center City' the 'Most populated city in America' Mayor Prude happens to be the mayor of the city which houses the central Joy Clinic and the Joy Foundation headquarters which has collected over a billion dollars. Diana, holding a press conference with the foundation head Gay Frollick, announced that the foundation would use the extra money to improve schools, better education, fund hospitals, and help the unemployed to find work.

Mayor Prude, jelous of Wonder Woman and the foundation for being more popular than he was, and hated how her efforts were gaining more attention than his own half hearted promises of eventually working to improve his city. But most of all he LOATHED the Fun clinics, feeling that they were unwholesome and detracted from his imagined fame and popularity.

So great was his loathing, that he hatched a plan to kill Wonder Woman once and for all so that people would pay attention to him again! Working with the chief of police, they offered a number of the cities greatest crooks and criminals pardons in exchange for helping to put an end to Wonder Woman, and steal away with the Joy Foundations entire fortune so that their efforts to better the world would never be realized!

After a rather complicated series of events, the criminals had Diana tied to a stake with her own lasso in a burning barn while the chief of police made a run with the money.

Diana fortunately, was able to make use of an invention crafted by Mala and Paula working together. A hot wired mental radio hooked up to her invisible jets control panel, which allows her to control the transparent vehicle telepathically and use its awesome gadgets to rescue herself remotly!

The crooks were caught, the chief of police was arrested and Mayor Prude...Apologized and claimed it was an act of passion, swearing never to do it again. Due to his political position, even though it was proven that he was responsible for the whole thing, nothing could be done about removing him from his position.
A rare instance for Wonder Woman when the villainous mastermind managed to get away, this time by taking advantage of his position of power to avoid persecution.

Which once again shows that for Wonder Woman the greatest obstacles in her path to better the world was facing oposition from those in power who preferred the status quo as it was. Something she would go on to challenge and overcome.
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Post by Nuuni Nuunani on Sat Jan 09, 2016 4:21 pm

Day 36: Anton Unreal
Evil cult leader who uses the power of hypnosis to mind control his victims, Anton Unreal was a villain with the ability to communicate with beings from 'the fourth dimension' Which despite the name, was a realm within the astral plane populated by 'Blue Spirits' which were the ghosts of charlatans who would falsly claim to talk to spirits so they might bilk people of their fortunes!

Using knowledge granted to him by these spirits, Anton Unreal created an 'electro chemical machine' which would transport ones physical form to the fourth dimension. Upon working out how, he would use the power of hypnosis and promises of seeing the fourth dimension to convince people to will all their money to him, before sending them on a one way ticket to the fourth dimension where they would be forced to become slaves to the Blue Spirits!

That is until he attempted to use this trick on one Dick Soleful, the soon to be husband of Holliday Girl Myrna Wilde.

Vanishing on their wedding day thanks to Antons schemes, brides maid Wonder Woman flew over Antons hideout, broke a window, lasso'd the groom and flew him back to the wedding before it was to late, unaware of Antons true intentions!

Anton Unreal, thinking that Wonder Woman was working to foil his scheme, uses one of the most brilliant inventions ive ever seen in a supervillains armory.
'The secret weakness files!' A carefully compiled cabinet of files listing every superhero in the world and their weaknesses!

Looking under Wonder Woman, he was surprised to discover that here weakness was 'Will always rescue Steve Trevor when he is in trouble'

So inviting his old high school buddy Steve to visit his secret headquarters, Anton uses the electro chemical machine to send Steve to the fourth dimension!

Unfortunately for Anton, his planned backfired for since the Fourth Dimension was part of the astral plane, Steve appeared as he imagines himself to be. Which is naturally, a seven foot tall body builderin a leopard print speedo. (As opposed to the five foot tall athletic but not that well muscled guy whose never seen out of uniform.)

Now the man of action he always imagines himself to be, he beats back the Blue Spirits and escapes as a ghost to ask for Wonder Womans help, prompting her to defeat Anton Unreal, and head to the fourth dimension with a company of Holliday girls who all arrive in the Fourth Dimension wearing Wonder Woman outfits, all possessing her powers and abilities. Something Diana praises them for, commenting that all women have the potential to be Wonder Woman.

Thus the day was saved, Anton was locked away, the Blue Spirits were defeated and forced to cease this wicked behavior, and those imprisoned in the fourth dimension were freed!
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Post by Nuuni Nuunani on Sun Jan 10, 2016 4:41 pm

Day 37: Eli Duel
Chief of detectives in New York City, the city which Wonder Woman spends most of her time as Diana Prince, Eli was enraged that Wonder Womans efforts of rehabilitation, and bettering society was reducing criminal activity and thus leading to a cut in funds being sent his way.

Thus, he took on the identity of 'Crime Chief' and convinced the states criminal underbelly to unite under him in an effort to do away with Wonder Woman once and for all!

Now calling themselves 'the Crime Combine' the criminals began working to get in touch with supervillains, offering them money to aid them in their efforts to put an end to Wonder Woman, while also sending hitmen to try and assasinate Wonder Womans closest allies and friends.

As luck would have it, one of their first target was none other than Diana Prince, who had little trouble dispatching her assailant, and used the lasso to find out where the criminals were headquartered.

Sneaking in, Diana was shocked to discover that the masked Crime Chief was talking to the Baroness, who had long been thought rehabilitated but was claiming to be on his side, wanting to know every detail of his plan.

In the end it would turn out that Paula was trying to gain details of the discover the organizations leaders so she could bring this information to Diana and upon discovering this, the villain shot Paula, killing her.

Acting fast, Wonder Woman carried the slain body of Paula to her old lab, and used Paulas resurrection machine to bring her back from the dead!

And in the end Eli Duel was captured by Wonder Woman, and arrested by the military police for putting a hit on Lieutenant Prince's life.

I just want to take a moment to highlight what kind of mind Paulas was. Master manipulator aside, she had a particular sense of super genius in that she could make anything, but she lacked any imagination whatsoever.

For example, she invents the resurrection machine (Which can bring someone back from the dead within twenty minutes of their demise.) when she finds out that Wonder Woman invented a machine which brought Steve Trevor back to life.
When she finds out that Wonder Woman has an invisible plane, she invents electroplating, boasting that it was easy now that she knows it is actually possible to make things invisible.

She events a machine capable of telepathically controlling machines, when she found out that mental radios existed.

And she didn't even see the originals to base her findings off of. Just realizing it was possible allowed her to work out how it was done, and make her own version of any machines she came across.

Allowing her to take anything she saw, and use it for her own purpose.
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Post by Nuuni Nuunani on Mon Jan 11, 2016 4:10 pm

Day 38: Babs and Lonny Modern
Two children who despairing over the lack of attention they were getting, decided to run away from home in the hopes their parents would notice them.

They would catch the attention of Diana Prince while attending a social function to which various military personel and wealthy socialites were invited, when the maid arrives to tell the childrens mother about Babs and Lonnys dissapearance, and revealed that they stole a canoe and took it down the river of crocodiles!
The really obnoxious mother chastized her maid for interrupting the party and declared that the children were not near as important as her social status. Diana, hearing this, asks the maid to lead her to the river when the mother, outraged, declares that no one leaves one of her social functions early, having a fit over the idea.

Diana, reaching the river of crocodiles. (This is not a typo. The entire surface of the river is in fact crocodile.) She changes into Wonder Woman, SWIMS THROUGH THE SWARM OF CROCODILES! finds the children who are about to be eaten, wrestles a dozen of them at once, PICKS UP THE CANOE AND SCOOPS AWAY A PATH THROUGH THE CROCODILES! And on the spot tames a couple of the scaley fiends to toe the canoe back home! (Take that Aquaman)

Upon returning the children, she finds the mother had continued with the social function, not caring the least that her children were in danger, and scolds the woman for her narcissism.

The next day, Diana decides to check in on the children, only to find the two had slipped into a coma which Wonder Woman quickly deduces can only mean one thing! That their astral selves have left their bodies! Using her power to project her astral self, she finds them in a realm within dreamland called 'Grown Down Land' inhabited by children who feel that their lives are so hopeless, that they choose to live in a land of dreams instead of suffering in the physical realm.

Diana, returning to the physical realm goes to see the childrens mother, so she could reach out to the children and convince them to return, only to find the woman was hosting yet another dinner party, and declared that with the children in comas, she didn't have to deal with them anymore.

DONE with trying to reason with her, Diana grabs the womans astral form, pulls it out of her body, slings it over her shoulder, runs across town to find the father who likewise didn't give a lick about the children, grabbed his astral form, and carried the two off to Grown Down Land where due to the realms nature, they regressed into children, and were forced to actually spend time with their kids.

A day later, all four of them come out of it, and the parents realize how much they actually enjoy spending time with their children and swore to put aside time every day to spend with them from now on.

Thus, Babs and Lonny lived happily ever after.

I cannot stress enough how awesome an element the dream realms were for Wonder Woman. You had this realm where anything was possible, that exists all around us, and it could contain virtually anything, and anything could happen. It made for an awesome story telling element that really added a nice sense of Wonder to the stories. Why don't we have astral projecting Wonder Woman in comics nowadays?

Also, this is just a side note...But did they have social services back then? ^^;
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Post by Nuuni Nuunani on Tue Jan 12, 2016 3:12 pm

Day 39: Professor Homos

In his prime, Professor Homos was a famed anthropologist who traveled the world, taking in the sights and cultures. As he got on in his years however, Professor Homos took a teaching position at the Holliday College, where he teaches Anthropology and spends his free time collecting pictures of strapping young lads.

When he hears tale of an island of well muscled young men dressed in ancient Roman attire, the elderly professor is quick to rush to the mysterious island in the name of SCIENCE! With Etta commenting that only a man would have him so excited.

This is without a doubt, the least subtle way of outright saying a character is gay without actually saying the words 'he is gay'

While some might try to bury Wonder Womans LGBT past, there is no denying that Marston created Diana with a focus on such themes, and that Diana aside, numerous LGBT characters populate her world. In fact, I am fairly certain that there are more LGBT characters in golden age Wonder Woman, than we currently possess in the modern day.

Why is it that a run from the 1940s is more progressive on this front than anything in the 2010s?
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Post by Nuuni Nuunani on Wed Jan 13, 2016 4:01 pm

Day 40: Glamora Treat
Member of the Holliday Girls college Beeta Lamda sorority which strives to help Wonder Woman whenever she is in need, Glamora is an anthropology major who shares her teachers passionate interest in the humanities and biology!

She is also one of the many members of the Holliday girls who has undergone strength training under Wonder Woman, granting her the strength to pick up fully armored men, hold them over her head and toss them twenty feet away!

She also raises an aspect to the original Wonder Woman that I am so used to, that it did not occur to me until recently that most might be unaware of it.

And that is: The fact that Wonder Woman did not have superpowers.

This might surprise a number of people who might look at this with skepticism, but in truth, everything Wonder Woman did was either a a specific tool, or special training.

The incredible feats of strength, speed, reflex and physical endurance?
Amazonian Strength training that they developed over thousands of years of study, which can grant super strength for those who undergo it, allowing one to run sixty miles per hour, leap ten stories into the sky, pull vault doors off their hinges, and swim up the niagra falls.

Fluency in all languages in the universe including those of animals, plants and forces of nature?
Wonder Woman had to sit down and learn every single one the same way you would learn any language.

Incredible knowledge and wisdom?
Thousands of years of studying.

Immortality?
Gifted by Aphrodite to all who live on the island. Diana actually loses it when she leaves.

Semi-invulnerability?
Hippolyta's girdle of invincibility grants a portion of that same power to all who serve under her.

With her other abilities being attributed to tools she uses on her mission. The magic lasso, the mental radio, the invisible jet, and the indestructible bracelets.

Wonder Woman is able to train others to have the same strength she has. While she is the greatest of the Amazons, all of them possess incredible strength, with Wonder Womans talents being a learned ability rather than an innate one.

I like to compare her some to a Batman villain known as Ra's al Guul. A supervillain who had lived for hundreds of years, and boasted knowledge of numerous languages, sciences, fighting techniques, and a wealth of experience that makes him one of Batmans greatest villains.
Wonder Woman has been around for thousands of years and naturally, knows far more than Ra's ever will in his meager lifetime.

Later versions would give Diana actual powers. But in the golden age, it was all training, that anyone could do to strive and become as great as Wonder Woman.
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Post by Nuuni Nuunani on Thu Jan 14, 2016 4:26 pm

Day 41: Leo the Lion

Stumbling across the feline on a tropical island as it was trying to eat Steves face, Diana picked up the five hundred pound lion and placed him on her lap, and pet it as she tended to its extensive injuries at the hands of hunters. Finding out the lions name from the lion himself, Diana and Leo bond, with the mighty Lion swearing to help Diana in her mission of peace and bettering the world!

Riding the lion into the stronghold of a foul tyrant who had imprisoned the Holliday girls, Leo the lion helped Diana to quickly subdue the villains and save the day!

With the island at peace and everyone safe, it seemed as if Diana would simply continue on her way and they would go their seperate ways...HOWEVER! Leo asked Diana if it could remain at her side, working to bettering the world and protecting the innocent!

Wonder Woman, moved by the lions desire to aid the world, agreed, and loudly, publically announced that she would give Leo to her friend Diana Prince to take care of when she was not taking the lion with her on adventures of daring do!

Which means that there is a Lieutenant/nurse in New York sharing an apartment in Queens with a fully grown lion. Which is awesome.

While not a character that has a great impact on Wonder Womans mythos, the existance of her animal ally Leo the Lion, makes for a fun addition to her list of allies who work towards a better today!
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Post by Nuuni Nuunani on Fri Jan 15, 2016 4:13 pm

Day 42: Princess Yasmini
I have a confession to make. When I started doing this character of the day, I had every intention of focusing only on the positive, and ignoring all of the negative aspects and problematic issues that come up in Wonder Woman.

As things proceeded though, I began to have some second thoughts and spend alot of time debating with myself whether or not that was actually the best approach to take. Less for the sake of accuracy, than for the fact that I would be burying issues that should at least be mentioned, if not examined. So that those mistakes can be learned from and work can be made to improve upon them.

Specifically, William Marston, Wonder Womans creator had issues with race. Though it would be inaccurate to say he was a flat out racist. Unlike a certain activist I shant bother going into, he saw women of all races as equelly awesome, and would feature POC characters in his works with deep and interesting characteristics.

The issue is that unless that character was female or trans, he would just flat out make them a racist stereotype because he didn't want to put much thought into them.
This is most clearly apparent in language. As he will write all female characters and trans talking in clear coherent English, but if the character is male, they will talk in a painfully stereotypical accent. >_> Be it German, Roman, Japanese, Indian. He would be PAINFULLY bad.

Also, he was a writer who had that sense of nationalism that other countries needed to be more like America. The exception being that if it was ruled by a women, than said country was superior. If it was ruled by a man however, then it was inferior and needed to be westernized.

A character that most clearly summifies these issues, is Princess Yasmini.
Member of Indian royalty whose family fled the country during the British occupation and took up residence in Cairo, Yasmini who the book describes as 'from an old Hindu family. Anti British' was 'trying to weaken the British empire with her evil seperatist movement!' Which the book established was part of a Nazi plot.

Making a deal with the Nazis to free India in exchange for her help, she came upon the idea of surgically implanting radios into exotic animals and donating them to zoos across the world, so that nazi spies disguised as zoo keepers, could communicate with Germany and reveal American plots.

In the end, she is captured by Wonder Woman who intends to have her reveal the full scope of her plans, when Yasmini instead commits suicide, declaring that one day her goals will be realized.

The entire story treated the British occupation as a good thing, and efforts to undo it as something that was morally wrong that could only be a Nazi plot. The whole thing just leaves a sour taste in ones mouth.

Tragically for all of the books initial efforts in feminism and LGBT, race was an issue that it struggled with. I hope that those working with the character in the present and in the future keep this in mind and make a conscious effort to avoid falling into this pitfall.
And I also wish to emphasize that Wonder Womans less than stellar track record with race does not diminish its efforts in other areas. It can still do better however.
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Post by Nuuni Nuunani on Sat Jan 16, 2016 4:07 pm

day 43: Mimi Sand
Villainous blackmailer who has her hand in everything from gambling to racketeering, to contract murder, Mimi runs a criminal operation which she boasts as above the law thanks to having dirt on every judge in the country.

Wonder Woman, knowing that this villain needed to see justice, instead took her to Reform Island, an Amazonian colony overseen by Mala, which would see use as both a place for reforming villains, and as a refugee camp for those who Wonder Woman would rescue from dangerous situations until a more permanent home could be made for them.

In the end, Mimi escaped before she could be processed, and finding Mala about to go up in her swan plane, the villain knocked her out and booked a flight back to New York. Nearing the city, she dumped the unconscious Amazon into the Brooklyn harbor and Mala awakens, quite confused.

A rescue vessel heads for her and drops a net to haul it out and she mistakes it for an attack, tipping the rescue ship and swimming away, pausing to admire the statue of liberty which she assumes is the cities patron goddess.

Her exploration of the city shows her many things which unsettle her. Films which glorify war and its atrocities.
People starving in the streets mere walking distance from a restaurant.
More importance put into money than the basic wellfare of ones fellow man.

Reeling from the apathy and violence of mans world, she ends up being jailed for being run down by a speeding truck, and eventually falls into the clutches of Mimi Sand once more, who would have killed her were it not for Wonder Woman arriving with Steve and the Holliday girls to her rescue!

Mimi, now freed, begs Diana to return her to Paradise Island, and was granted forgiveness by Aphrodite who stated she did not break their laws since her departure was not voluntary.

This story actually does an excellent job of highlighting why the Amazons keep themselves closed off. Its not for some silly 'fear/hatred' of menfolk as some writers make it out to be. Its because theirs is a hard earned utopia where things like violence, corruption and apathy had been stamped out. And faced with the horrors of such a world, the general reaction of the Amazons is to cloister themselves in solitude, believing the world is hopeless to fix.

What makes Diana special isn't that she is made from clay, or that she is super strong. It is because she has an undying belief that peace and love can triumph. And a courage to face the injustices of the world without sacrificing her ideals.
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Post by Nuuni Nuunani on Sun Jan 17, 2016 4:19 pm

Day 44: Edgar Poore
Son of Frank Poore, a virtuous lawyer who made it his lifes mission to root out crime and corruption within Bourbon cities corrupt government, disaster struck the young lads life when his father was murdered, and his mother Esta falsely convicted for the murder of her husband.

Instead of swearing to capture his fathers murderer and get struck by lightning, the sullen child would be given to the care of his poor aunt, who worked two jobs just to afford a roof over her head and food for their table. The depressed child, unable to afford corrective eyeglasses which would allow him to see more than a foot in front of him, and saddened by the loss of his father, and the wrongful conviction of his mother, was declining in life.

Failing grades, closed off from other children, and a sinking depression caused as much by his disability as his circumstances. Edgar Poore was doing poorly.

Unable to see, the boy was crossing the street for school one day, when a delivery truck barreling down the road thundered right toward him! Diana, in town on business, happened to see the boy and leaping across the roadin a single bound, she grabbed the child in midair and landed on the opposite side, much to the amazement of all! For Diana was in her civilian disguise, and wasn't going to stop and change costumes out of vanity or a fear of her identity being revealed when someones life was in peril!

Crediting it to army training, Diana asked the child if he was alright, and found out his story. Excusing herself for a moment so she could 'find her friend Wonder Woman' the ambassador of peace scooped up the poor child and ran across town, leaping high over streets to get him to an Optometrist, paying for a pair of eyeglasses herself for the poor lad! Diana would then proceed to take the child on a flight via the invisible jet to give him something to smile about, and would check in in on him a week later to find his grades were improving, but that he was still troubled by his mothers imprisonment.

Deciding that something must be done, she arrives to the prison first as Wonder Woman, only to find the chief of police and Warden were actively barring anyone from seeing Esta Poore. Thus, even Wonder Woman was powerless without breaking the law.

HOWEVER! Using a trick she learned from Steve, she left and headed for the mayors office in her Diana Prince persona, demanding to see Esta, and the evidence against her. And when the mayor himself doggedly refused, she made a grab for his phone and called up Phillip Darnell, telling him that she needed this information as a matter of public security.

Darnell, throwing his weight into the matter, ordered the officials to cooperate, and they were forced to allow Diana access, whereupon she discovered that they didn't actually have any evidence, and that the mayor, the warden, the chief of police and the district prosecutor were all in on it!

As she discovered this, the villains locked away Diana Prince as well, intending to torture her to discover whom else knows about their corruption, and silence her permanently once they knew.

Diana, using her telepathic powers to contact Steve and order him to bring the governor, was able to escape an electrified prison with the help of Edgar, and changed into Wonder Woman so that she might lasso the mayor and make him confess to his wrong doing in the presence of the governor, putting an end to the cities bed of corruption and malpractice!

And thus, Edgar was reunited with his mother, the two finally able to put their lives together after a tragedy caused by greed and malice.
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Post by Nuuni Nuunani on Mon Jan 18, 2016 3:55 pm

Day 45: Roberta Strong

One of the many members of the Holliday Girls Beeta Lamda sorotity, Roberta stands out, boasting that she comes from a family of adventurers with a history of traveling the world dealing with dangerous beasts and monsters. And she herself has a love of big game hunting.

Boasting she is as good with a gun and a fist as any man, Roberta had sworn to aid Wonder Woman in her efforts to better the world!

Tragically not alot of details were given to the character beyond that description but what little that is there is fascinating. She seemingly comes from a family of 'Pulp heroes' and as badass as shes shown to be, knocking out three men with a single swing of a club. She could totally be a big hero and carry her own book!

This is what is really neat about the Holliday girls. Wonder Woman might not have a bunch of superheroes at her side like Batmans parade of compatriots, but all of the Holliday girls have their stories and the likes of Roberta could be traveling the world combatting monsters. Instead, she chooses to prioritize her education and works to aid Wonder Woman in bettering the world.

This is why the Holliday girls are awesome.
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Post by Nuuni Nuunani on Tue Jan 19, 2016 4:10 pm

Day 46: Leroy Fontaine
President of Supreme Pictures, one of the biggest movie studios in Hollywood, Leroy had an eye for quality which allowed him to see a guaranteed success.

Which is what led to him petitioning Wonder Woman for the chance to make a film based on her adventures!
Wonder Woman agreed, on the condition that Etta Candy and the Holliday girls all had roles in the film and its production, which the director immediately agreed to and within a year, it was in theaters, becoming the best selling film to date and spreading Wonder Womans message of love and peace to countless people!

This isn't just a prophetic piece of fiction, this was one of Marstons greatest desires. He spoke highly of wanting Wonder Woman in film, claiming that if people saw his Wonder Woman in the pictures, it would revolutionize the world, and convince people to adopt feminism, and seek peace with ones fellow man. Sadly his goal has taken far longer than he intended, but the dream of finally seeing Wonder Woman in theaters will be realized.
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Day 47: Betty Simile
A student at the Holliday college, Betty was a student who happened to have an uncanny resemblance to Wonder Woman which was so great, that she could be Dianas double. This served her well in times when they were dealing with dangerous criminals on their own, as it simply took Betty dressing up as the great heroine for anyone to be convinced.

The resemblance is so great, that even Steve cannot tell the two apart.

It also makes for an amusing turn around, as Diana taking advantage of the similarity, will time to time dress up as Betty, so she may pass unnoticed as another one of the college students.

Also, in order to master the role, Betty made an effort to learn how to use a lasso, and how to bind people effectively using nothing but a coil of rope.
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Day 48: Judith Allen

No relation to a more famous Allen, Judith is a widow with two children. Who struggles with two jobs just to feed and cloth her children. Living with her uncaring sister and violent husband, every penny she spends goes to her brother in law for lodging, save for what scraps she is able hide away for her childrens use.

Diana Prince finds the poor woman sobbing on the street, for it was Christmas eve and her sisters husband found the toys she was going to give to her children and destroyed them in rage that the money didn't go to him instead. The woman despaired for her children and Diana assured her that there was no reason to despair.

Thus it was that Diana putting on a red cap, set to work on crafting thousands of toys in a single day and putting them into a sack, she took to the roofs of the city, leaping down chimney and sneaking through windows, leaving behind presents for all the good boys and girls!

But when she got to Judiths, she found the fiendish brother in law Joe Bamko, had a gun, prepared to shoot the children dead because they would not stop crying! Wonder Woman leaping in, saved the day and apprehended the jerk, who it turned out was an enforcer for the mob. When asked who she was, Diana declared herself someone possessed by the spirit of love known as Santa Claus, and leaped back up the chimney, to deliver a criminal shaped present to local law enforcement. Leaving behind a sack full of food and toys for the relieved family.

One of the really fun things about the Golden Age Wonder Woman stories is how they would take the time to bring up the holidays and weave a story just perfect for the holidays.
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Day 49: Bedwin Footh

Self proclaimed greatest actor in the world. Bedwin Footh owned a theater and acting company, and reveled in his own deluded fame. However, when Wonder Woman became a household name, on the lips of everyone across the world, the bitter actor swore vengeance against Wonder Woman, proclaiming that he would see her dead and reclaim his rightful place as the most popular star in the world!

To initiate his plan, he raids the 'Life history files' A carefully maintained compendium of the histories of every celebrity in the world, including Wonder Woman!

Reading through it, he hatches a plot, involving his greatest weapon. The Celebrity Rolodex...

Soon, Wonder Woman would receive news that every villain she has ever battled has either escaped or relapsed into villainy, and that they are holding the Holliday girls hostage in a small town not on any map!

Rushing to their rescue, she finds herself beset by figures from her past in a town that seems to be constantly moving, seemingly deserted and whenever she gives chase to these villains, she finds nothing.

Eventually she discovers the Holliday girls bound hanging from the ceiling, voicing bafflement as they were offered tickets to a show, and were bound by one of the actors.

That is when Bedwin appears, alongside Wonder Womans entire rogues gallery, declaring she had no choice but to surrender!

Diana frees the Holliday girls and enlists them to aid her in wrangling the army of crooks!

However, not everything was as it seemed, for when she grabbed Giganta, she found the gorilla woman weighed hardly anything, and lacked even a margin of the strength her great foe truly possessed. Even more unusual, the Duke of Deception was using fisticuffs, instead of making use of his powers of illusion.

Finally, against all odds, Wonder Woman and the Holliday girls mannaged to capture Bedwin Footh and his gang of compatriots, at last discovering the truth. That lacking the resources to bring together Wonder Womans entire rogues gallery, Bedwin resorted to hiring a bevvy of actors to play the roles and aid him in his effort to defeat Wonder Woman! And that the mysterious town they were currently in was in fact, an elaborate prop with countless hidden trap doors and rotating sets.

With Bedwin and his accomplices done with, Diana celebrated by taking Etta and the Holliday girls off to a night at the theater!

I really like Bedwin. Hes like a precursor to Mysterio, with some Scooby Doo elements thrown in for awesome measure. And he had a really inventive way of opposing Wonder Woman using tricks and misdirection.

Wonder what a modern day version of him would be like......
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