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I Love Ya But You’re Strange – That Time the Husband of Wonder Woman’s Exact Double Chained Her to a Table

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I Love Ya But You’re Strange – That Time the Husband of Wonder Woman’s Exact Double Chained Her to a Table

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 bcronin@comicbookresources.com if you have a suggestion for a future installment!

Today we look at a bizarre little tale from the Golden Age where Wonder Woman’s secret identity comes back to haunt her in a really, really odd fashion.

Okay, so as you would know if you read my When We First Met spotlight on Wonder Woman firsts, you would have seen the scene from Sensation Comics #1 when Wonder Woman happened to run into a nurse named Diana Prince who looked just like Wonder Woman who wanted to give up her job as a nurse to go to South America to be with her fiance. So that is how Wonder Woman became Diana Prince. Now, pretty much every other Golden Age comic at the time would have left it at that. However, in the case of William Marston, he actually decided to do a follow-up on the story just eight months later in Sensation Comics #9 (drawn by H.G. Peter).

In it, Wonder Woman is having lunch with her boss (and the man she’s totally in love with ) Steve Trevor while in her secret identity as Diana Prince. During their lunch, a man shows up and berates the couple, claiming that Diana is his wife. Steve Trevor settles the matter the only way Steve knows how (again, Steve Trevor was never the world’s greatest thinker)…


Steve, naturally, reacts to the situation by being a jerk to Diana…


This, of course, reminds Diana of the original Diana Prince. After a flashback, we see what is going on in the life of Diana, her jerk husband Dan and their baby…


Now do note that Diana is NO LONGER A NURSE AT THIS POINT. She has moved on to become Steve Trevor’s secretary. Again, SHE IS NO LONGER A NURSE. And yet, according to the logic of the original Diana Prince…


Wonder Woman tries to explain this, but to no avail…


So Wonder Woman goes to visit Diana Prince’s home. We get a fascinating look into Wonder Woman’s psyche when she approaches the home…


So honesty equals poverty in Wonder Woman’s brain? Fascinating.

Dan continues to be a jerk…


But then he takes it to a WHOLE other level of crazy…


I love that while Marston certainly does allow that this is unusual and not right of Dan to do, it is also not seen as COMPLETELY INSANE.

Dan can’t seem to sell his disintegration gas.


But, of course, the bad guys want it and they kidnapped Diana Prince #1 to get it!


Their representative is a Doctor named Dr. Cue. But a mysterious woman is the only person Wonder Woman gets to see in the doctor’s office before Wonder Woman is gassed by the bad guys (Wonder Woman pretends to be knocked out so that the henchmen will take her to Dr. Cue). Of course, if you’re going to fake being out cold, well, let’s just say that you shouldn’t talk…


The henchmen were planning on just killing her, so Wonder Woman knocks them out. She has to think of another way of getting to Dr. Cue. So she calls her pal, Etta Candy, who is in the midst of some bizarre-ass sorority stuff…


She agrees to help out, and she and her sorority pals head off, continuing in their theme of doing weird-ass sorority stuff…


Through Etta’s help, Wonder Woman finds out that Diana is being held by the mystery woman from before in a plane near where Dan’s disintegration gas is being tested. The villain has a particularly bad plan…


Yeah, let’s test it out by having our own plane be destroyed so we parachute down TO THE WAITING U.S. MILITARY below!

Anyhow, the bad guy is stopped by Wonder Woman (it turns out that the mysterious woman is actually Dr. Cue in disguise and Dr. Cue, in turn, is some Japanese bad guy in disguise. Yes, a disguise within a disguise) and Wonder Woman naturally thinks about how empty her life is without a husband and a baby…


Eff superheroing, being chained to a table raising babies with a psycho is where it is at!

Commander Benson, in the comments to the aforementioned When We First Met, discussed this story. I had this piece planned at the time, though, so I kept his comment invisible until now. Thanks for understanding, Commander Benson!

Remember, Feel free to e-mail me at bcronin@comicbookresources.com if you have a suggestion for a future installment of I Love Ya But You’re Strange!