Wonder Woman #130 - 1962
Steve’s an idiot who only cares about looks.
Still, Diana want’s to make him jealous, to let him see what he’s missing.
Who does she choose for the task? Yes, “this is a job for…” you know the rest.
I adore the Kanigher run dearie, but he had a tendancy to undermine his own lessons in these things. Allow me to explain what’s going on, my dear, because I’ve written on Wonder Woman #130 before. You just need to consider two things:
1) Wonder Woman and Diana Prince are identical, with the exception of glasses. In other issues in the Silver Age, Steve has actually seen Diana in a bathing suit or the WONDER WOMAN OUTFIT but the presence of the glasses marks her as Diana. And yes, you are an idiot if you think the beauty of Aphrodite is hidden by a fucking pair of glasses. Check the Andru art, baby. Prince is nerd-hot in a form-flattering uniform and Steve has no interest. What’s the considerably more substantial difference? Behavior. WW displays strength and heroism while Diana disappears when there’s trouble. Steve’s attracted to a hero.
2) This man is on a date with a woman who three times changes the shape of her body. (You merely showed the last one.) He attempts to continue the date in private the first two times. (He stuck it out in the issue where she grew into a 50-foot Wonder Woman, after all) but on the third he’s weirded out. He sees something’s wrong, but she doesn’t seem to notice. WW’s got a weird life and knows how to care for herself so maybe he wanted to take a little break, like the time she was hallucinating lions and threw him against the wall accidentally.
Diana’s not thinking clearly in the issue, talking to herself in the mirror, trying to make him break his dates, or else she’d stop focusing on this tricking him silliness and start ACTING heroic as Diana. (And behaving heroic as Diana is what always gets him to notice Diana.) Instead, she picks someone who is just as inept at courtship as she is to continue her cruel prank.
Now, either you are interpreting this story like a logic-impaired Silver Age comic character or you enjoy displaying Diana’s silliest, most illogical behavior for all the world to see. I think you’re just applying the same imagination deficiency many apply to Superman comics. There’s an inability to view the stories through the eyes of anyone other than the POV character that makes people think poorly of supporting players like Steve and Lois, when if you consider how the story appears through their eyes and how the heroes appear through their eyes their behavior makes more sense and the heroes seem unconscionably dickish at times.
Either way, I’d leave this one alone and go back to trolling the Superfans, man. You will never know more about Wonder Woman comics than I do.
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