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Wonder Woman—beautiful as Aphrodite, wise as Athena, stronger than Hercules, and swifter than Mercury

Featuring the sensational new adventure strip character—Wonder Woman!
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Sensation Comics was an anthology series published by DC Comics from 1942 to 1953, with a name change to Sensation Mystery in 1952. It's claim to fame was as the first book to house Wonder Woman's stories, though she debuted in an All-Star Comics bonus first. The title was reused for a single issue in 1999 as part of the Justice Society Returns storyline. It was revived in 2014 as Sensation Comics Featuring Wonder Woman, a digital first title which was canceled in December of 2015.

Significant features in the original anthology:

  • Wonder Woman (1 - 106)
  • The Wildcat (1 - 90)
  • Little Boy Blue (1 - 80)
  • Mr. Terrific (1 - 63)
  • The Black Pirate (1 - 51)
  • The Gay Ghost (1 - 38)
  • Sargon the Sorcerer (34 - 83)
  • Lady Danger (84 - 93)
  • Dr. Pat (94 - 106)
  • Romance, Inc. (94 - 105)
  • Astra, Girl of the Future (99 - 106)
  • Johnny Peril (107 - 116)
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  • Anthology Comic: An anthology containing multiple stories per issue.
  • Intrepid Reporter: Oh so many, Astra is an intrepid reporter 200 years in the future, and Dr. Pat's love interest is a handsome man who just so happens to be a reporter that follows her and stories into trouble frequently. Reporter Valerie Vaughn has acquired the nickname "Lady Danger" due to her own exploits.

Tropes in the Wonder Woman feature:

  • Affectionate Nickname: Steve calls Wonder Woman "Angel".
  • Alpha Bitch: Zita Zanders, a high maintenance actress who bosses around her fiance, treats him horribly and leaves him any time he fails to land her a part she wants and manipulates him to try to kill whoever "stole" the part from her.
  • Art Evolution: Di's shorts go from flowing culottes to skintight bike-shorts, and then start getting shorter over the course of the series. Her boots also go through some changes, getting noticeably taller in front.
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  • Catchphrase: "Suffering Sappho!"
  • Chained to a Railway: In issue 26, Wonder Woman is tied to the railway tracks with what she thinks is her magic lasso. It isn't as her mother has stolen her lasso and replaced it with a copy. Once she realizes it is a fake, she is able to break loose and stop the train by lifting the locomotive off the tracks.
  • Cool Plane: Wonder Woman's invisible mental radio equipped "Robot Plane".
  • Ace Pilot: Steve Trevor and Di both pull off some truly impressive stunts in planes, and Steve is a skilled military pilot and intelligence officer.
  • Artistic License – Physics: It is a superhero tale, but this time travel bit stands out:
    The strangest criminal in the world begins his journey back to a new crime career—as he goes back one year in time and space, the Jasper Lang he was then will automatically disappear—so that two Jasper Langs will not occupy the same space at the same time, per the law of physics!
  • Combat Stilettos: While Di's boots are the least consistent part of her Wonder Woman costume they are generally high heeled with a thin stiletto heel, as seen in the page image.
  • Distressed Dude: Steve Trevor's natural state is being in need of rescue, though he is (usually) a competent military man he's not superhuman.
  • Guess Who I'm Marrying?: Etta Candy invites Diana and Steve to her wedding to a man neither has had the opportunity to meet beforehand. When they get there Diana learns right away her fiance is lying when she spots him with another girlfriend before Etta even introduces them, and she and Steve are certain due his his mustache twirling ways he's not who he says he is at all. He turns out to be a Nazi spy who got engaged to Etta to better facilitate his sabotage of the oil fields near the Candy Farm.
  • Heroic Seductress: Steve pretends to be enthralled by the beauty of a woman claiming to be the descendant of Helen of Troy who has taken multiple US military men prisoner to distract her while Wonder Woman rescues the prisoners. While his ploy works at first and "Helen" is taken in by his flirting he gives up the game when he thinks Wonder Woman has been injured, leaving him in need of rescue even though the other men are free.
  • Fiery Coverup: In issue 75 Wonder Woman learns of an unscrupulous crime boss known only as "Shark" forcing boys to steal for him and he tries to burn down his hideout with his unwilling accomplices tied up inside to hide any evidence that he was tied to the thefts.
  • Identical Stranger: A woman who fell in love with Steve after seeing his picture in the news ended up marrying Steve's identical double Col. Bravo.
  • Lady Land: Paradise Island is the home to a peaceful society of women who enjoy the sciences and frequent competitions in archery and self defense. All the women on the island are immortal so long as they remain on there.
  • Luck-Based Search Technique: In issue 38 Steve Trevor and the Holliday Girls arrive as backup for Wonder Woman only to discover she seems to have disappeared after entering a room with no other apparent exits and start searching for a hidden passageway. When Etta Candy gives up and sits down on a table it flips open the hidden door to some stairs which lead underground.
  • Not the Fall That Kills You: At one point Di is forced to leap from her jeep to catch an infant falling out of a 5th story window, the child is apparently unharmed and the only concern raised is that Di pulled off the save in her guise as WAC Lt. Diana Prince of military intelligence and may have threatened her secret identity.
  • Oh, Crap!: In issue one some robbers try shooting bullets at Wondy only to exclaim "She's playin' with 'em! She's playing catch with 'em!" and get a brief moment of horror when she calmly replies' "And now I'm going to play catch with you!" before pummeling them and handing them over to the confused police.
  • Oh My Gods!: Di says "Suffering Sappho!" a lot. She also exclaims "Merciful Minerva!", "Hammers of Hephaestus!", "By Mercury's sandals!" and "Shades of Pluto!" at different points.
  • Outside Ride: Di climbs outside her commercial flight to climb over to her "robot plane" while they're both in flight in order to arrive at a set as Wonder Woman in the invisible aircraft, then back again to arrive later as Diana.
  • Perfect Pacifist People: The Amazons of Paradise Island have a culture of peace and pacifism, essentially a culture wholly based on love for their fellows. They do enjoy archery, strength and fighting competitions but those are always friendly.
  • Reformed Criminal: Diana's one time enemy Paula von Gunther becomes her stalwart ally. It probably helps that Paula was only helping the Nazis due to their threatening her daughter.
  • Reinventing the Telephone: Amazons use "Mental Radio" instead of phones and Di has one in her plane, and has given Etta one to get in touch with her. She's not opposed to using an actual phone but she can't put one in her plane, they don't allow for images, cell phones weren't around yet, and she wouldn't be able to call home with one.
  • Saving Christmas: In "Racketeers Kidnap Miss Santa Claus" Di goes to a tenement to deliver presents to all the children living there after a boy tells her he and his sister didn't get any presents last year. While there she speaks with the boy's mother and learns his uncle is a criminal, who in a petty fit of rage broke the two toys she'd saved up for all year to give to her children and Wondy replaces the presents and takes down the uncle and everyone else involved in his racket. At the end she gives the message that:
    "Santa Claus is the spirit of love! Santa uses many forms—mothers, fathers, loving people everywhere so he can appear all over the world on Christmas eve!"
  • Secret Identity: Di's attempts to maintain her secret identity as Diana Prince are often a bigger hassle for her than defeating the villain of the story.
  • Skewed Priorities: One of the witnesses to Wonder Woman's first takedown of criminals is rather dumbfounded that everyone else is amazed she ran off without talking to the cops, or that she punched some guys, when she was just very publicly catching bullets.
  • Some Nutty Publicity Stunt: Wonder Woman walking down the street in issue one gets a lot of comments due to her odd clothes and a boy says he bets it's a publicity stunt for a new film.
  • Super Dickery: Diana pulls some unkind stunts on the covers, like surprising Steve with a bunch of identical duplicates and telling him to figure out which one she is on #96, or ruining a magic show on #69.
  • Super Speed: Wonder Woman proves she can casually take a run at 80 mph when Al Kale tries to catch up to her to propose he become her promoter, since that's the speed he's driving at alongside the indifferent "mile-a-minute-maiden". She's not winded or exerting herself at all. She's later able to run between two spots and to appear as Diana Prince and Wonder Woman at the same time.
  • Super Strength: Di is "stronger than Hercules" and pulls of many incredible feats of strength, like lifting a car.
  • Super Reflexes: The "mile-a-minute-maiden" is fully capable of reacting with more speed than Mercury.
  • Trojan Horse: Wonder Woman creates a wooden horse to trick Steve's current captors, who follow a woman claiming to be the descendant of Helen of Troy. They bring it in and set it alight thinking someone's hidden in it but Di was using it as a decoy while she broke the prisoners free.
  • Two-Person Love Triangle: Di's love interest Steve Trevor is in love with Wonder Woman, but much to her dismay, doesn't seem to feel anything remotely romantic for her civilian identity Diana Prince.
  • What Happened to the Mouse?: Steve Trevor's secretary Lila Brown makes a few appearances before disappearing without explanation. Later on in Wonder Woman #12 a villain named Nerva acts as his secretary for a single issue, still with no explanation for Lila's disappearance.

Tropes in the Dr. Pat feature:

  • Afraid of Doctors: Julie Huston's father is suspicious and wary of doctors and threatens to beat her when she gets the doctors to come when her baby sister appears to have drowned, especially since he's heartbroken but thinks his infant is dead. He changes his tune when Dr.s Pat and Michaels are able to revive the infant.
  • Broken Ace: Dr. Stuart Stanton is a near prodigious doctor but by the time Dr. Pat goes to visit her old classmate he's become angry, harsh and disillusioned, turning away most of his patients and avoiding his office. When he learns Pat is in town he sends all his patients to her and goes fishing instead.
  • The Case Of:
    • Dr. Pat: The Case of the Absent-Minded Doctor in issue 97
    • Dr. Pat: The Case of the Mechanical Brain in issue 101
  • Dr. Jerk: Pat tends to be fairly brusque and cuts people off if she feels they're wasting her time, but overall she's usually kind. Dr. Stanton on the other hand is an outright jerk, even when he's mellowed out a bit after getting back together with his eventual fiance Mona Blue.
  • Famed In-Story: Pat hates it but she's become well known due to an article about her rescuing a fellow doctor from a fire that was accompanied by a picture of her carrying him out. She gains further fame after inventing a new compound which wasn't at all what she was trying to make but which she gave to the military since she realized it had it's uses.
  • Frontier Doctor: The era is a bit off but this is what Dr. Michaels has been and what Pat joins him as the only doctor in a small isolated town where certain locals are trying to kick him out since he threatens their scams.
  • Hospital Hottie: Dr. Pat gets a lot of attention for her looks, some of it by those who think she shouldn't be a doctor because of them and her gender.
  • Instant Drama, Just Add Tracheotomy: Pat has to perform an emergency tracheotomy on a collapsed young mine worker, who also fell down a pit in the mine which is where she got stuck starting his treatment.
  • Intrepid Reporter: Hank Lee is a reporter who just can't keep out of trouble while following stories.
  • Kidnapped Doctor: Some smugglers kidnap Pat to get her to treat their leader's injury, which she does, anf try to force her to perform plastic surgery on him by threatening to shoot Hank. She pretends to be getting ready to comply and druggs them all and hands them over to the coast guard.
  • Perpetual Frowner: Dr. Stanton glowers at everyone constantly when separated from Mona Blue, and when he's together with her he still doesn't seem to know how to smile, though he doesn't glower at her and can sort of stop glowering at patients when she's around.
  • Magic Plastic Surgery: Some smugglers who kidnap Dr. Pat seem to think she should be able to conveniently reconfigure their boss' face so he can't be recognized. She can't but she plays along long enough to drug them since they're holding her friend at gunpoint.
  • Married to the Job: Dr. Pat very consciously placed her career above any romantic frivolities after her former fiance tried to get her to agree to become a housewife once they became married;
    But, Adam, I didn't swear an oath to help others just to forget it as soon as I was married. I intend to practice medicine just as you will!
    I am in love! In love with someone who is very jealous and demands my attention twenty hours a day! I'm in love with my work!
  • Meaningful Name: Mrs. Stout is a short, no nonsense muscle bound woman.
  • Medical Drama: Dr. Pat's feature follows her work as a gifted medical doctor, her love life and the bizarre dangers she encounters.
  • Once per Episode: Dr. Pat either reiterates to someone that she is not interested in romance and will not be participating in any having traded it in for her job or deflects someone's affections in almost every issue.
  • Science Marches On: Dr. Pat once brings up the (racist) Lombroso Atavism Theory, to renounce it and soundly disprove it.
  • Stay in the Kitchen: Dr. Pat left her fiance, decided work was better than boys anyway and swore off romance altogether when she realized he expected her to quit working and become his housewife once they were married so that she wouldn't overshadow his own work as a doctor.
  • Tomboyish Name: Dr. Pat's full name is Patricia Windsor but she goes by Pat.
  • Too Dumb to Live: Hank Lee, a friend of Dr. Pat's who is enamored with her, publishes a story about an experimental aircraft flight that he knows is supposed to be secret before he himself gets to go on the flight. The plane is then attacked by enemies who point out to the captured injured reporter,
    "You Americans are foolish! Publishing a story about your latest experimental weapon, informing us exactly where and when to take it away from you!"
  • Women Drivers: When Dr. Pat brushes against Dr. Stanton's car while turning out of an oil slick to avoid hitting some kids Stanton cuts off her explanation by exclaiming that it only happened because she's a woman and women shouldn't be allowed to drive, despite the fact that he had plenty of room to avoid the collision himself if he'd been paying any attention.

Tropes in other features:

  • 20 Minutes into the Future: Astra, Girl of the Future takes place in the far flung future year of 2150, where humans have colonized most of the solar system and posses personal voice activated jets capable of spaceflight instead of cars. Regular news seems to have been superseded by live vlogs, as the main character does her newscasts by just leaving her camera like device worn about her neck on and broadcasting while investigating things and going on adventures.
  • Animal-Themed Superbeing: Wildcat
  • Based on a True Story: The Headline Heroines and Wonder Women of History features.
  • Bindle Stick: When the Blue Boys run away out of boredom they pack their belongings in handkerchiefs tied to sticks.
  • Bittersweet Ending: A distressing number of the Headline Heroines stories, which are dramatizations of real events, end with girls and women rescuing others but dying themselves due to their selflessness. Often after days or weeks of painful suffering due to burns.
  • The Case Of: A bit muddled, but maintaining "The" and an adjective before "Case" is the title of Wildcat's "The Strange Gibson Case" in issue 83.
  • Power Trio: The Blue Boys. Tommy "Little Boy Blue" Rogers acted as The Leader to the jovial Richard "Tubby" Mehlville and the hotheaded but logical Herbert "Toughy" Simms.
  • Primary-Color Champion: Tommy Rogers wears a blue suit with yellow sleeves and a red hood as Little Boy Blue.
  • Have a Gay Old Time: The Gay Ghost is not homosexual nor is his name meant to conjure up an association with homosexuality.
  • Heroic Dog: Streak the Wonder dog had a feature for a handful of issues.
  • The Matchmaker: Romance, Inc. is a relationship therapy based company and the main character often helps her clients with their love lives. Amusingly Constance, one of her clients who dreams of being able to travel the world, ends up befriending a the lonely kind Mrs. Mayburn only to later discover that the elderly matron is exceedingly rich right before Mrs. Mayburn introduces Constance to her handsome nephew who is the same age and loves traveling. Then cheerfully manipulates things so the three of them end up on a trip to Europe together.
  • Stay in the Kitchen: Unlike Dr. Pat the therapist main character from Romance, Inc. encourages girls to drop their life plans and careers by the wayside if their fiance wants a housewife.
  • Voice Changeling: Richard "Tubby" Mehlville can perfectly mimic the sound of a police siren with his voice.
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