Every week, I will spotlight strange but ultimately endearing comic stories (basically, we’re talking lots and lots of Silver Age comic books). Here is the archive of all the installments of this feature. Feel free to e-mail me at firstname.lastname@example.org if you have a suggestion for a future installment!
Today we look at the mid-1950s Wonder Woman story by Robert Kanigher and H.G. Peter that detailed, well, Wonder Woman’s secret identity nearly being exposed by a BIRD!
Here’s the intro page to the story (from Wonder Woman #76)…
A couple of things to keep in mind about this story from this scene…
1. This scene does not even come CLOSE to happening in the actual story and
2. If Wonder Woman is so serious about protecting her secret identity, she sure does a piss poor job of it in this story.
Our tale begins as most tales begin, with Wonder Woman just walking down the street of the city.
Okay, I already have to take a break…
A. What the heck is up with that lasso trick? So her lasso is metal now? That makes no sense. I mean, it is awesome. But it makes no sense. In addition…
B. So Wonder Woman guards her identity with her life, but her avenue of returning to her secret identity’s apartment is to just enter it dressed as Wonder Woman? For serious?
So here’s the kicker, Steve Trevor gets Diana Prince a mynah bird (which is a decent thing of him to do, since he wants to be with Wonder Woman not that ugly Diana Prince)…
Again, Wonder Woman, if you are so worried about your secret identity, once you saw the bird repeat what you said, don’t say even MORE incriminating information out loud!!!
So the rest of the issue is Wonder Woman trying to trick Steve Trevor into thinking Diana and Wonder WOman are in the same place at the same time, but wacky hijinx keep messing her plans up..
She finally succeeds in making him think Diana and Wonder Woman are in the same place at the same time, but he STILL doubts her and wants to hear more from the bird…
I love that the bird repeating what he has to say convinces him that the bird was just talking nonsense. “What? This isn’t a talking bird after all! It just mimics!” Gee, Steve, if it just repeated what you said, wouldn’t that suggest that it just mimiced what WONDER WOMAN said? Luckily, Steve got the looks from the good lord and not the brains, so he doesn’t figure it out and Wonder Woman’s “carefully” guarded secret is safe once more.
NOTE: If this happened to another superhero, I might feature it in a future installment! So if you’d like to e-mail me instances of this happening to other superheroes, e-mail me at email@example.com. So please hold off on discussing those other superheroes in the comments section until their installments in the future.
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