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LOOKING FOR WONDER WOMAN

I ALWAYS SKIPPED THE secret-identity parts of Wonder Woman comics, those segments in which she wore a blue military uniform and rimless spectacles instead of the star-spangled costume designed by the Amazon Queen, her mother. Although Wonder Woman’s boyfriend, a blond army intelligence pilot, also appeared in the action segments, to my mind he represented a menace in the scenes in which retiring “Diana Prince” was merely a WAC clerk with a terrible crush on him. With good reason, moreover, since he was responsible for Wonder Woman’s double identity in the first place. For after Steve Trevor crash-landed, a sort of preppy ex machina, on Paradise Island, he was nursed by the Amazon princess, who fell in love with him and insisted on following him back to the U.S. Wonder Woman’s embrace of Steve Trevor also meant an embrace of his cause and his country, so in both Amazon and WAC avatars, she

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