Sunday, January 22, 2012
H.G. Peter's last Wonder Woman
Harry G. Peter was born in 1880. At age 61 he began drawing Wonder Woman, from her first appearance in Sensation Comics, continuing with the feature far into the 1950s. Wonder Woman #97, cover dated April, 1958, was Peter's last issue. He retired at the end of 1957, and died in 1958.
His last issue is just as screwball as most of the issues he drew. Wonder Woman was much cleaned up from the era before her creator, William Moulton Marston (writing as Charles Moulton) was writing the strip. No kinky and bizarre bondage themes, for example. Well, they dropped kinky and kept bizarre. In this issue Wonder Woman goes hopping through time, encountering a dinosaur mingling with cavemen, a society where numbers stand for thoughts, and a crazy Olympic-style games.
That type of story, which came from editor Robert Kanigher, would be the norm even during the era of artists Ross Andru and Mike Esposito, who took over the book and would draw Wonder Woman for the next several years, based on the familiar depiction created by H. G. Peter
The cover is credited by the Grand Comics Database to Irwin Hasen and Bernard Sachs.