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Look Back: The Wonder Woman Issue That Indirectly Inspired Devo

This is "Look Back," a brand-new feature that I plan to do for at least all of 2019 and possibly beyond that (and possibly forget about in a week, who knows?). The concept is that every week (I'll probably be skipping the four fifth weeks in the year, but maybe not) of a month, I will spotlight a single issue of a comic book that came out in the past and talk about that issue in terms of a larger scale (like the series overall, etc.). Each week will be a look at a comic book from a different year that came out the same month X amount of years ago. The first week of the month looks at a book that came out this month ten years ago. The second week looks at a book that came out this month 25 years ago. The third week looks at a book that came out this month 50 years ago. The fourth week looks at a book that came out this month 75 years ago.

Today, we look at the introduction of Giganta and how it eventually inspired the name of the classic band, Devo!

The issue, by William Marston and H.G. Peter, opens with Steve Trevor taking his niece, Dotsie, to the zoo where she breaks free from her uncle's hands to go run into the gorilla exhibit. She is taken hostage by the female gorilla, who has recently lost her own daughter and has thus effectively adopted Dotsie as her own child...

The gorilla heads for Holliday College, where a professor is giving a lecture about evolution and his theories about how he could DEVOLVE people. The gorilla bursts into the classroom (where Etta Candy and her fellow Holliday Girls are in class) and then Wonder Woman follows and eventually all of them succeed in taking the gorilla down...

So they decide to experiment on the gorilla (I love Steve's take on how "Hey, the experiment might kill the gorilla, right? That'd be good!") and it transforms her into a human being known as....Giganta!

But whoops, the machine is then trashed and it accidentally becomes a DE-evolution device!! Everyone is turned into caveman versions of themselves (even though, you know, Wonder Woman clearly doesn't look de-evolved, which is super weird)....

The machine is knocked outside and it then de-evolves the surrounding area of the college...

Somehow, this is actually the most NORMAL part of this whole story. Things get SERIOUSLY crazy, with time travel, Achilles, Hippolyta, all sorts of nonsense until they discover that Wonder Woman's lasso can actually bring them back in time and fix the evolution machine and so everyone is brought back to normal...

Crazy stuff, right? However, that doesn't explain the Devo connection. Let's get into it!

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