Four Star Spectacular – 6


Four Star Spectacular – 6

General Info

Issue No:
6
On Sale Date:
October 1976
Cover Date:
January - February 1977
Era:
Bronze Age
Story Title:
The Wonder Woman Album!
The Toothache

Creative Team

Cover Artist:
Ernie Chan, Vince Colletta
Writer:
Robert Kanigher
Penciller:
Ross Andru
Inker:
Mike Esposito
Letterer:
N/A
Colourist:
N/A
Editor:
E. Nelson Bridwell

Characters

Main:
Wonder Woman (Diana Prince/Princess Diana)
Heroes:
N/A
Villains:
Gyp, Mola Chissler, Mugger
Olympians:
N/A
Amazons:
Tara
Other:
Steve Trevor, Etta Candy, Holliday Girls, Colonel Darnell, Paula von Gunther, Bill Bollens, Detective Casey
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Four-Star Spectacular was a “Giant-sized” series that had a higher page count than standard titles. It reprinted stories from Golden Age and Silver Age DC Comics titles. Each issue featured four different heroes, either in four separate stories or in three stories, one of which was a team-up story. However each issue always featured Wonder Woman and Superboy as two of the four heroes.

Wonder Woman appears in the first story which is a reprint from Wonder Woman #103 and  the third story which is a reprint from Wonder Woman #5.

First Story Synopsis

At the Amazonian Institute of Paradize Island, Tara — Wonder Woman’s official chronologist — shows a group of Amazonian women through the archives. When she pulls out the Wonder Woman album, the women take a look at the photos and find that they are all blank.

Looking at one marked “Wonder Woman vs the Tidal Wave”, Tara relates to a story not so long ago when Wonder Woman took her to Pearl Island to participate in a local ceremony when the island is threatened by a giant tidal wave. In this instance, Wonder Woman would quickly construct cover for the people of Pearl Island before the water hit. Initially trying to use trees, a coming wind would make this insufficient. She would dive into the water and pull out a chunk of coral reef to act as a break wall, fighting off a massive whale to get at it, saving the people of the island.

With her recollection of the tale done, Tara explains that her camera got drenched, ruining the film inside. Accepting one error, they find the next photograph title “Wonder Woman vs the Giant Glacier” is also blank.

Tara explains in this adventure, she accompanied Wonder Woman to the arctic to capture a picture of an amazing feat. After Wonder Woman’s battle with the polar bear that just wasn’t spectacular enough Tara would grow bored as nothing interesting would happen. When a tribe of locals are sent fleeing from the collapse of a glacier, this would give Wonder Woman the opportunity to perform an extraordinary feat. While Wonder Woman would succeed in stopping the glacier, the extreme cold would cause the shutter on Tara’s camera to frozen shut, making it impossible to take pictures.

With this story done, the girls are surprised to find that Wonder Woman has put in a personal appearance. When the girls attempt to take her picture, Wonder Woman is suddenly called off to help a ship in distress. As she zooms off, the girls realise that getting a photograph of Wonder Woman is easier said than done as she moves too fast.

Second Story Synopsis

Etta Candy’s friends give her a sixteen-course birthday celebration. Etta however, is suffering from a toothache, and Wonder Woman warns her against eating any sweets until she can get it filled. She gives her the room number of a dentist who happens to be staying at the same hotel where the party is being held. Etta gets nervous though, and forgets the room number. She knocks on the wrong door, and instead of finding a dentist, she instead finds three criminals. The criminals try pushing her around, but Etta fights back and knocks them all down. In the fight, her sore tooth gets knocked out. Detective Casey arrives to arrest the crooks, and Etta returns to her party, where she is applauded for her acts of heroism.