Friday, May 2, 2008

Wonder Woman #177

Wonder Woman #177 (On Sale: May 2, 1968) has a cover by Carmine Infantino and Irv Novick.

"The Planetary Conqueror" is by Bill Finger, Winslow Mortimer and Jack Abel and represents the last super-hero story by the great Bill Finger. Wonder Woman and Supergirl are kidnapped and taken to an alien planet to compete for the honor of becoming the wife of Klamos the Mighty. Several powerful women from other worlds are also in the competition. Neither Wonder Woman nor Supergirl wants to become Klamos's queen, so when combat begins they avoid it. However, when they are the last one's standing, Klamos orders them to fight one another.

The Amazon and the Girl of Steel refuse to obey Klamos, so he threatens to destroy Earth. Finally, the two female heroes battle each other. Wonder Woman is thrown near Klamos's assistant Grok. She quickly grabs him and exposes a set of controls on his wrist. Supergirl destroys the controls which power Klamos who is really a robot. Grok, the real Klamos, is then deposed as leader of the planet. He escapes custody threatening to have his revenge.

This was the last gasp for the costumed Wonder Woman for a few years as next issue the New Wonder Woman debuts.

Edited by Jack Miller.

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