Friday, September 7, 2007

Wonder Woman #173

Wonder Woman #173 (On Sale:September 7, 1967) has cover by the unusual art team of Carmine Infantino and Irv Novick.

Inside we have "Wonder Woman's Daring Deception" by Robert Kanigher, Irv Novick and Mike Esposito. An Amazon named Tonia wins an Amazon competition and earns a wish from Queen Hippolyta. She wants to visit the Man's World and fight crime like Wonder Woman. Both Hippolyta and Wonder Woman think it is a bad idea since Tonia will lose her immortality. Tonia refuses to change her wish, so Wonder Woman agrees to take her to the Man's World.

Before they leave, Wonder Woman convinces Tonia to accept a challenge. If Tonia can complete any one of three tasks in place of Wonder Woman she may stay in the Man's World. Tonia then tries to catch criminals three times. The first two times she fails, forcing Wonder Woman to rescue her. The third time she is apparently killed in action.

Wonder Woman returns to Paradise Island where Hippolyta is angry about Tonia's death.

The backup story "Earth's Last Human" is also by Robert Kanigher, Irv Novick and Mike Esposito. Wonder Woman awakens inside a test tube aboard a Jovian spacecraft. She has no memory of how she got there. The Jovian pilot is a scientist and is surprised that Wonder Woman is alive. He explains that Martian conquered Earth after setting foot on Paradise Island. Wonder Woman sees images of her home being destroyed, and learns that a box was responsible for letting the Martian invasion succeed.

Edited by Robert Kanigher.

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