During what many call the Golden Age of superhero comics, newspaper comic strips were still a force to be reckoned with. After all, before superhero and other genres of comics were even thought of, or implemented, it was from these strips from which the medium actually came.
Chris Sims in his Comics Alliance article IDW To Publish First Ever Collection Of Golden Age Wonder Woman Newspaper Comic Strips acknowledges this history and the fact that while we have seen the original Superman and Batman Weekday and Sunday reprinted many a time, we had yet to see the Amazon Princess’ newspaper adventures printed until now.
Compared to Superman’s 1939-1966 span and Batman’s on again, off again paper incarnations from 1943-1946, 1953, 1966-1974, 1978-1985 and even something as recently as 1989-1991, Wonder Woman’s 1943-1944 stint is a brief run indeed. In fact, when you really look at it, the newspaper adventures of Superman made it through the Gold and Silver Ages of comics while Batman continued from Gold, to Silver, Bronze and the modern period.
Wonder Woman’s time in the newspapers, her stories written by her creator Dr. William Moulton Marston and illustrated by Harry G. Peters resides solely in the Golden Age. But whereas we know that there are different stories of Batman and Superman in their strips compared to their comics, it is uncertain just what kinds of stories Wonder Woman’s run still holds. But it is an exciting prospect.
Here we have some long-unseen Wonder Woman adventures made by her original creators to be collected into a nice hard-cover edition titled Wonder Woman: The Complete Newspaper Strip: 1943-1944 for all fans to enjoy. I myself look forward to them with the hopes that they might inspire some new adventures of their own.