"Disco Inferno": Various Soviet defectors in the United States - especially experts in the field of nuclear weaponry - are being targeted by kidnappers, necessitating the intervention of the I.A.D.C. and Wonder Woman. After thwarting one such gang of kidnappers as Wonder Woman, Diana Prince lear
- I am not an American, comrade! I am a citizen of the world!
Synopsis for "Disco Inferno"
Various Soviet defectors in the United States - especially experts in the field of nuclear weaponry - are being targeted by kidnappers, necessitating the intervention of the I.A.D.C. and Wonder Woman. After thwarting one such gang of kidnappers as Wonder Woman, Diana Prince learns that there remains one last expert under no American protection whatsoever: Dr. Sergei Topovia, located at the Manhattan nightclub known as Studio 52.
Diana and her fellow agent Steve Trevor infiltrate the nightclub to put Dr. Topovia under surveillance, but are confronted by the Kremlin's latest agent: a woman known as the Silver Swan. Masquerading as the club's newest performer, the Silver Swan uses her hypnotic voice to place all the patrons of Studio 52 (save for Diana, who covers her ears in time) in a trance, allowing other agents to abduct Dr. Topovia without any trouble. Diana transforms into Wonder Woman and attempts to stop the kidnapping, but the Swan orders the hypnotized patrons - including Steve - to attack her.
At the last moment, Wonder Woman uses the Lasso of Truth to break the Swan's control over Steve. Then, while Steve stays behind to fight the other Soviet agents and free the rest of the mob from the hypnosis, Wonder Woman sweeps Dr. Topovia to safety and confronts the Swan. The Swan's voice proves difficult for the Amazon at first, but Wonder Woman eventually deduces that it is powered by the gem around the Swan's throat; once she smashes the gem with a well-thrown vinyl record, the Swan is rendered completely harmless.
The Swan and her cohorts are quickly taken into custody, while Wonder Woman surreptitiously changes back into Diana Prince and reunites with Steve. Though the battle with Silver Swan had damaged much of Studio 52, the owner is far more eager about the publicity that Wonder Woman's appearance will bring, and allow Diana and Steve to stay for a night of dancing, to which they readily agree.
Appearing in "Disco Inferno"
- Doctor Pochoikov
- New York City Police Department
Synopsis for "Who Is Wonder Woman?"
One morning, Diana wakes up to find an unfamiliar blonde woman has taken her place as both Wonder Woman and Diana Prince. As the day goes on, Diana encounters an equally unfamiliar Steve Trevor, in addition to two strangers masquerading as her mother and younger sister.
Eventually, Diana is confronted by the ersatz Wonder Woman, who claims Diana to be a mental patient off her medication. Diana, unwilling to doubt her own sanity, attacks her counterpart and eventually uncovers the truth: she has been placed in a hypnotic illusion by her old enemy Doctor Psycho. With her magical lasso, she breaks the illusion and overloads Psycho's equipment.
A desperate Psycho tries to overwhelm Wonder Woman with visions of her past opponents, but Wonder Woman again uses her lasso to dispel these illusions and capture the mad scientist. Psycho is quickly returned to incarceration, while Wonder Woman goes home and takes a night off along with a much-needed bath as Diana Prince.
Appearing in "Who Is Wonder Woman?"
- Doctor Psycho (First appearance)
- Cheetah (As an illusion only)
- Fausta Grables (As an illusion only)
- Giganta (As an illusion only)
- A Skrill (As an illusion only)
- Sardor (As an illusion only)
- Silver Swan (As an illusion only)
- Studio 52 is a pastiche of Studio 54, a Manhattan discotheque (in)famous for its many celebrity guests and open drug-use policies during the 1970s. Further allusions include a recreation of 54's "moon and spoon" decoration, as well as a patron snorting "cola" through the nose.
- Doctor Psycho's illusions seem to draw inspiration from several different continuities:
- The ersatz Wonder Woman and Steve Trevor resemble the Cathy Lee Crosby and Kaz Garas portrayals from Wonder Woman's 1974 TV movie.
- In appearance, Wonder Woman's ersatz mother and sister take after their portrayals in the 1975 TV series. However, they identify themselves as Julia and Vanessa Kapatelis, two characters who (as of this writing) exist only in the Post-Crisis continuity.
- Among the illusory villains are Fausta Grables, a Skrill, Sardor, and Silver Swan, all of whom belong to the TV series' continuity. However, this group also contains a Cheetah and a Giganta, both of whom draw from their Earth-Two designs.
Links and References
- Wonder Woman seems to recognize the Cheetah, identifying her as "Priscilla". The next issue indicates she indeed faced this Cheetah several decades ago.