Wonder Woman Out-Runs The Flash?!
COMIC CAVALCADE Vol.1, No.1, December 1942; Cover Art: Frank Harry; Writer: William Moulton Marston; Penciler: Harry G. Peter; Inker: Harry G. Peter
In this debut issue of the anthology series, Wonder Woman takes center stage in an adventure that finds the Amazon Princess visiting the legendary House of the Seven Gables in Salem, Massachusetts. The hunt is on for espionage agents that might be out to confound and sabotage the Allies’ war effort, but when a young lad named Tommy Royden vanishes, Diana decides to track him down, leading to the discovery of a 5th Columnist invasion and a Nazi threat to bomb an aircraft carrier.
This story features one of the most infamous Golden Age Wonder Woman panels, in which our Amazonian hero fools her foes by creating a dummy of herself (“a perfect woman’sgure!”) out of sugar-cured hams speared by a broom handle. Additional stories featuring Red White and Blue, Ghost Patrol, Minute Movies, Black Pirate, Green Lantern, Wildcat, and Flash round out the issue; whew!
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