This is the third in a series (of indefinite length and regularity) of pieces looking at instances in comic book history where somewhat strange occurrences took place. The slightly odd stuff like, say, Luke Cage telling Doctor Doom “Where’s my money, honey” after Doctor Doom stiffs him on a gig. Stuff that is not BAD, per se, but it’s still odd, hence “I love ya, but you’re strange.” Check out past strange yet loved installments here.
Today, we look at the second-ever “Impossible Tale” in the pages of 1962’s Wonder Woman #129, where Wonder Woman teams up with her toddler self, her teenaged self and her mother, Hippolyta!
An issue that contains this exact scene that was shown on the cover of the issue…
The first “Impossible Team-Up” with Wonder Woman, Wonder Girl, Wonder Tot and Hippolyta occurred in Wonder Woman #124, through one of the most mind-blowingly insane ideas for a concept ever. You see, Wonder WOman and Hippolyta are fretting that such a thing can’t be done, until they come up with the idea of pulling a Forrest Gump decades before Forrest Gump came out. Hippolyta takes footage from the past and splices them together with current footage of Wonder Woman and then uses a special machine to merge the film into a real life story!!
That came out in the middle of 1961, and in early 1962, it was popular enough that writer/editor Robert Kanigher and art team Ross Andru and Mike Esposito decided to try it again…
Yep, they did it again!
You have to love Wonder Girl’s random fat joke.
Anyhow, Multiple Man is a guy who, every time he is seemingly destroyed, takes on a new form!
It should, because just two years earlier, Multi-Man debuted in the pages of the Challengers of the Unknown…
and that’s basically his deal, too (and obviously the names are similar, too). France Herron invented Multi-Man. I find it hard to believe that Kanigher would swipe the idea from Herron, but it’s weird either way.
In any event, Wonder Tot has an inspired idea on how to stop the Multiple Man…
Someone should use that idea in X-Factor!
Later, the Wonder team teams up with the Mer-people (recurring characters in the book at the time), who happen to have a Mer-guy to correspond to each of the Wonder ladies!
Later, Wonder Tot and Mer-Mite discover Multiple Man’s whereabouts…
Things look safe except that the Multiple Man has taken on the form of a volcano!!!
We finally get to the scene on the cover…
You have to love that ending.
The BEST part about it was that almost two years later, in the pages of Wonder Woman #144, Kanigher and Andru/Esposito gave us a story starring Wonder Girl which ends with, well, see for yourself…
Wonder Woman readers have a short memory, I guess!
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