Thursday, July 5, 2007

Wonder Woman #172

Wonder Woman #172 (On Sale: July 5, 1967) has a fairly dull Irv Novick cover. Also, the word "New" is added to the logo this issue, but it disappears after this, then reappears on issue #175 as "The New," only to disappear on issue #177.

Inside we have "A Day in the Life of an Amazon" by Robert Kanigher, Irv Novick (who replaces Ross Andru begining this issue) and Mike Esposito. Wonder Woman answers a letter about how she spends her day. She explains that while shopping for a birthday present, she stops a hold-up by some bandits. Next she is asked to watch a baby by Professor Dinwoodie. The baby has been given an experimental growth formula that causes it to become a menace. Wonder Woman subdues the threat, then helps a restaurant owner whose waitresses failed to show up for work.

Wonder Woman then flies to Paradise Island to visit her mother. On the way she intercepts an alien scout ship.

The backup story "The Amazing Amazon Crime" is also by Robert Kanigher, Irv Novick and Mike Esposito. Wonder Woman visits a museum which features a lifelike statue of her. When she meets the sculptor, he seems familiar. The sculptor is the brother of a former crook, now serving a long prison term after being captured by Wonder Woman. The man has now vowed to get revenge for his incarcerated brother.

That night, the statue comes alive. It is really an android capable of movement. The Wonder Woman android knocks out a janitor and robs the museum before returning to its original position. The janitor then blames the real Wonder Woman for the crime.

Edited by Robert Kanigher.

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