"A Spy on Paradise Island": Wonder Woman's nemesis Baroness Paula von Gunther escapes from jail. One of her girls, Keela, travels to Paradise Island during the Diana's Day Festival' by hiding in the Invisible Plane while Wonder Woman flies there with Etta Candy

Wonder Woman #3 is an issue of the series Wonder Woman (Volume 1) with a cover date of February, 1943.

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Synopsis for "A Spy on Paradise Island"

Wonder Woman's nemesis Baroness Paula von Gunther escapes from jail. One of her girls, Keela, travels to Paradise Island during the Diana's Day Festival' by hiding in the Invisible Plane while Wonder Woman flies there with Etta Candy. During the festival, one of the Amazons is chosen to wear the mask of the goddess and this time Wonder Woman is selected. Some Amazons dress as deer and are hunted by others (all play-acting, not a real hunt).

Keela captures Etta during the hunting festival. She also steals Hippolyta's girdle, enabling her to overpower Wonder Woman and tie her to a tree. But Etta is able to remove the girdle. The Baroness's Japanese allies then attempt a military invasion of the island but the Amazons defeat them. The Baroness is captured and sentenced to imprisonment on Transformation Island.

Appearing in "The Devilish Devices of Baroness Von Gunther"

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Synopsis for "The Devilish Devices of Baroness Von Gunther"

Baroness Paula Von Gunther has created a device that enables her to become invisible. She uses it to escape the Amazon's prison on Transformation Island. Earlier, she had rendered her boat invisible, so that the Amazons believed it had drifted away. She uses it to escape Paradise Island.

Soon afterwards, the Baroness uses trickery and other devices to hypnotize Steve into acting as her agent. Meanwhile, Wonder Woman questions some of Von Gunther's slave girls and learns that they have the Baroness's image printed on their brains. This is how she holds them in thrall. Wonder Woman allows herself to be captured by the Baroness. She has her eyes held open and the image of Von Gunther is projected onto her brain, weakening her will.

Etta rescues Steve from Paula's hypnosis, and together they rescue Wonder Woman from the Baroness's brainwashing. Once freed, Wonder Woman easily recaptures her arch-enemy.

Appearing in Wonder Women of History: "Nurse Edith Cavell"

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Appearing in "The Secret of Baroness Von Gunther"

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  • Kibby Maxwell
  • Ann Maxwell
  • Baron von Gunther (Flashback only) (Dies)
  • Gerta von Gunther (First appearance)

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Synopsis for "The Secret of Baroness Von Gunther"

Wonder Woman discovers that Baroness Von Gunther is working for the Nazis because they took her daughter Gerta hostage after killing her husband. Wonder Woman rescues little Gerta from a prison camp and returns her to Von Gunther, prompting the villain to reform her evil ways.

Appearing in "Ordeal of Fire"

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Synopsis for "Ordeal of Fire"

Nazis are plotting to blow up a building while a boy called Kibby goes to see his mother there. As his mother goes into the basement, she is knocked unconscious. The building is set on fire and a bomb placed in it. Kibby finds his mother gagged and chained in the cellar with her feet chained to a pillar.

Wonder Woman rescues them and Paula Von Gunther (the former Baroness) risks her life to find and put out the bomb. Wonder Woman finds Paula, whose face has suffered third-degree burns. She is put on trial but Wonder Woman defends her and she shows her scarred face, causing the jury to acquit her.

Paula returns to Paradise Island with her former slave girls and her daughter to live and undergo Amazon training. Queen Hippolyta molds fine features onto Paula's face using a special ointment, which the goddess Aphrodite blesses and magically converts into Paula's new face. Paula then agrees to serve Aphrodite and Wonder Woman is put in charge of her.

Notes

  • Diana's Day is the Amazon's winter solstice holiday, and mention is made of how it resembles Christmas in some ways. In fact, it is even held on December 25 (instead of December 21, the day of the solstice).
  • Published bimonthly by Wonder Woman Publishing Company, Inc., formerly quarterly.
  • This issue is reprinted in 'Wonder Woman Archives Vol. 2'.
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