Wonder Comics #13 (August 1947)

The Standard/Better/Nedor version of Wonderman should not be confused with the Wonderman entangled in legal troubles with D.C., leading to its demise in 1940 under Fox’s publication. Post-lawsuit, Fox rebranded the Wonder Comics series as Wonderworld Comics, promptly discontinuing Wonderman after just one issue.

A fresh iteration of Wonderman emerged a mere four years later in the 132-page, 25-cent Complete Book of Comics and Funnies #1 (Aug 1944). Crafted by Bob Oksner, this Wonderman was the alter ego of Brad Spencer. Carol Paige took on the role of Brad Spencer/Wonderman’s significant other and love interest.

Brad Spencer’s extraordinary abilities, including “hard as steel” bulletproof strength, were acquired through contact with a “sizzling voltage of a secret current.” While it might be assumed there were no legal repercussions from D.C. this time, given the character’s science fiction outer space elements, it’s equally astonishing that there were no lawsuits from concerned parents worried their children might experiment with home electric outlets in pursuit of their own superpowers.

The character maintained a presence in Mystery Comics #1-4, and as Wonder Comics underwent a shift to a science fiction theme from issue #9 (December 1946) to #20, the transition aligned with the adoption of Alex Schomburg‘s airbrushed science fiction covers. The synergy between Schomburg’s distinctive artistic style and the deliberate use of red dresses not only made characters stand out but also conveyed a compelling sense of drama and allure. This combination likely played a pivotal role in the enduring appeal of comic book covers during that era and continues to captivate comic collectors even today.

Regrettably, I’ve parted ways with issues #10* and #20*, but I still possess the “Wonder”ful #13 and #19.

Wonder Comics #19

*Sold copy

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Wonder Comics #20* (October 1948)

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Wonder Comics #10* (February 1947)