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Monday, August 1, 2016

Key Comics of Cast of Wonder Woman Movie


As requested by Ace, this here is the known cast of the Wonder Woman movie so far that have actual comic book appearances. Since we're dealing with DC, there will be more than one 1st appearance.

Some I am not 100% sure about either, and many actual comic investments will probably be from the Golden Age. Speculation books will most likely be in the Copper and later era.

So far Warner Bros. has kept a pretty tight lid on who the baddies are and the movie is in the World War I era in which the actual Golden Age comics dealt with WW II.

Anyway, here we go, and if you know something I don't that's been confirmed, be sure to shout it out in the comment section. This will be a long one and plenty of reading.


All Star Comics #8 pic
ALL -STAR COMICS #8


Okay, this is a no-brainer. This issue holds the 1st appearances of Wonder Woman or Princess Diana, her mother and queen Hippolyta, and love interest Steve Trevor. These three characters have been confirmed for the Wonder Woman movie.

This Wonder Woman live action flick is starring Gal Gadot in case you don't know yet. As usual, when she was first cast, there was a lot of fan backlash.

Steve Trevor is played by Chris Pine and Hippolyta is played by Connie Nielson.

A princess of the female warrior society called the Amazons, whom were based off of Greek mythology, Wonder Woman was created by the controversial William Moulton Marston. His wife Elizabeth was the first one to give him the idea of making a comic book superhero character a woman.

Unlike many comic creators at the time, Marston wanted to create a comic character that embodied the liberated woman, a concept not very popular in 1940s American society. He hoped that Wonder Woman would help to achieve this.

The Golden Age Wonder Woman in comics met and returned Steve Trevor back to "Man's World" to fight the Nazis after his plane had crashed on the Amazon's home world of Paradise Island also known as Themyscira.  Golden Age Wonder Woman was a member of the Justice Society of America.

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Sensation Comics #1 comic cover
SENSATION COMICS #1


Her Golden Age Earth-2 counterpart actually took the alias of Diana Prince from an actual person or character in the comics. In the Golden Age comics, Diana Prince was an Army nurse during World War II.

This Diana Prince looks just like Princess Diana, so Earth-2 Wonder Woman pays the nurse in order to use her identity. So the real Diana Prince and the origin of how Earth-2 Wonder Woman gains her secret identity is in Sensation Comics #1. It's also the first appearance of the actual character of Diana Prince.

Whether the movie has a different origin for how she obtains her secret identity is unknown. However, it is a period piece and will take place during World War I instead of WW II, so who knows?

Still, this is an important Wonder Woman key and 1st appearance of the real Diana Prince regardless of the movie or not. It's also the 2nd appearance of Wonder Woman, and the character's 1st cover appearance. Just thought I'd throw it in for the hell of it.

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Sensation Comics #2 cover picSENSATION COMICS #2


The trailer for the Wonder Woman movie revealed that Etta Candy will be a character in the movie. This character is a long-time supporting character for Wonder Woman, and she does have Earth-1, New-Earth and Prime-Earth versions.

This, of course, is her Earth-2 version, and the character first appears ever in the world of comics in Sensation Comics #2. It also looks like the movie version is based on this version other than the following versions of the character.

Despite that fact, I will list the other versions of this character in this post for the hell of it. Etta Candy is played by Lucy Davis.

Now, this is a rumor and not confirmed, but some speculation has it that the woman in the mask might be the villainous Doctor Poison, an old time adversary of Wonder Woman. During the Golden Age, she was a Nazi spy who disguised herself as a male often.

She is often known to have have bio-terrorist activities during the Golden Age and in later comics as well. In the New 52, she is also a bio-terrorist. The first appearance of the character ever in comics is in this very issue.

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WONDER WOMAN #98 & #99


As most of us comic fans know by now, superhero comics fell out of favor shortly after World War II. Titles like Superman, Batman, and Wonder Woman survived and were still being published although most publishers completely abandoned the genre and were sporadically publishing other comic genres.

When the Silver Age superhero revival led by DC Comics happened in October of 1956 with the creation of Barry Allen as the new Flash, this would ultimately led to some continuity problems. Green Lantern and the Flash were completely revamped characters while Superman, Batman, and Wonder Woman were characters that had continuous publication.

While Marvel explained what happened to their Golden Age superheroes and why they went missing in the past, DC did not have this luxury. The multiverse of Earth 1 and Earth 2 were created to explain why the Flash and Green Lantern existed in the same universe as Superman, Batman and Wonder Woman.

So there are actually different versions of Superman, Batman, and Wonder Woman. They had an Earth-2 version of Wonder Woman, and the Earth-1 version of Wonder Woman.

As we all know, Earth-2 in DC lore was the home world of the Golden Age heroes, and Earth-1 the Silver Age home world. So, it's being noted that the 1st appearance of the Earth-1 or Silver Age Wonder Woman is in the issue of Wonder Woman #98.

How true is that, not sure. Wonder Woman #98 came out in 1958 and this issue was when Robert Kanigher revamped her origin, which continued in issue #99.

Wonder Woman #99 also has the origin of Earth-1 Wonder Woman's alias of Diana Prince in the story "Top Secret". I think she makes up the alias unlike her Golden Age counterpart.

Some sources say that issue #98 sees the 1st appearance or a prototype of Orana, and she is a character in the Wonder Woman movie played by Mayling Ng. In the comics, Orana is a red-haired Amazon who challenges Diana for the title of Wonder Woman.

In this comic, Orana is named and questions Hippolyta about judging the tournament to win the title of Wonder Woman fairly since Diana is her daughter. She doesn't show up that often, maybe one or three panels.

Seeing the sense in her question, Diana proposes to disguise all the Amazons competing in the tournament to wear disguises that make them look like her. In doing so, this supposedly eliminates any favoritism.

Once each of the Amazons is disqualified, they remove their masks until it is down to two competitors. Of course, in this comic, Diana wins the title.

So, I am expecting a dual in the movie between actors Mayling Ng and Gal Gadot for the title of Wonder Woman. Yes, I will get to the later or other appearance of Orana as well. 

Wonder Woman #98 & #99 are both fast becoming important Wonder Woman keys. They are also quickly being recognized as scarce comics in the market currently. 






WONDER WOMAN #117


Back to the character of Etta Candy. When Robert Kanigher revamped Wonder Woman during the Silver Age, he also made some changes to the character of Etta Candy.

The Golden Age Etta Candy was high-spirited, voluptuous lady, but this Silver Age or Earth-1 version of the character was weight-conscious and insecure. Kanigher also made little use of the character of Etta Candy during the Silver Age.

For a time, the character disappeared in limbo. She was brought back in 1980 as a self-conscious lady insecure about her weight.

Wonder Woman #117 could be the 1st Earth-1 appearance of the character of Etta Candy, a long time friend and sometimes roommate of Diana Prince in the comics.






WONDER WOMAN #250


Some sources consider this issue as the 1st appearance of Orana, or the actual Orana. To be honest, I'm not sure just how clear that is or whether this version is the same or based on the version that showed up in issue #98.

In this version of the character, she challenges Diana for the title of Wonder Woman and a tournament is held again.

Other Amazons compete but are eliminated until Orana and Diana face the last challenge to determine the victor. The last challenge is a race in space on meteors that are falling towards Earth.

While Orana runs across the falling meteors, Diana notices that Orana is kicking hard off them to propel her faster, and this causes the meteors to pass Earth's atmosphere before being burned up.

Seeing the damage this is causing, Diana abandons the race and decides to stop the meteors propelled by Orana. 

Actually, she kind of cheats to win. Although Queen Hippolyta claims Diana as the winner for her heroic effort, Zeus denounces the Queen Amazon's decision.

So Orana becomes Wonder Woman for a tick, and whether this is the character's 1st appearance or not, who really cares? She dies in the next issue anyway. Not sure if the character ever appears in New-Earth or Prime-Earth.






WONDER WOMAN #312 


Played by Robin Wright, General Antiope first appeared in Wonder Woman #312. Actually it is a brief appearance on the very last page where she is seen and introduced in but 3 panels. The character is named in this issue as well.

This could be the 1st brief appearance of Antiope Pre-Crisis. She does have other 1st appearances in different continuities or rebooted continuities.

The character of Antiope is a hard one to pin down her 1st full appearance Pre-Crisis. She pops up briefly here and there, but has little panel or page appearances after this issue as well.

She also shows up briefly in issue #317, #325, #326, and #327. Antiope shows up in 9 panels on 3 pages in issue #328, but she also dies in that issue.

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WONDER WOMAN #1 VOLUME 2


During the 1980s series Crisis on Infinite Earths, Earth-1 Wonder Woman died in the last issue of the 12 issue limited comic series. The Earth-2 Wonder Woman survived the event, but the reboot did create a Post-Crisis version of Wonder Woman.

This Post-Crisis version of the character became known as the New-Earth Wonder Woman, and that Earth became DC's mainstream continuity after the events of Crisis of Infinite Earths. So, her New Earth 1st appearance is being noted as Wonder Woman #1 volume 2, which also has her revamped origin.

Her origin in this reboot returned to the being born out of clay concept that the Golden Age Wonder Woman had but George Perez expanded on it. This origin story also involved Hercules, who hears of these warrior women and battles them with his army.

Hercules ends up enslaving them, but the Amazons revolt and reclaim their freedom. The Amazonian oracle Menalippe later advises Hippolyte to construct a child molded from clay, so the Gods can release the final lost soul from the Cavern of Souls into the clay.

Diana is born that way in this origin, and this origin involves the Greek Gods a lot more than the Golden Age one. In this New-Earth origin, the Amazons are created by the Goddess Artemis and some that believe in her cause like Hermes, Demeter, Aphrodite, Hestia and Athena help her to do this.

Artemis petitioned Zeus to create a warrior race of women who will lead mankind back to faith in the Gods. Ares, the God of War, opposes this and thinks it will do the opposite.

Zeus has no interest, though, and dismisses the idea. So the Gods who believe in the cause travel down the River Styx to the Cavern of Souls, and then they use the souls to create the Amazons but leave one special one behind.

That special one, of course, is the soul of Diana who later becomes Wonder Woman. She gets resurrected later in this origin story.

This comic does hold Wonder Woman's 1st New-Earth appearance as well as the 1st New-Earth appearances of Hippolyte and Antiope. The 1st appearance of the character of Menalippe in comics is contained in this issue as well. She does have a single Prime-Earth or New 52 appearance.

Menalippe is played by actress Lisa Loven Kongsli in the 2017 Wonder Woman movie. Zeus, who is mentioned and rumored to be in the movie, makes his 1st appearance in this issue as well.

Although there might be different versions of Zeus in DC Comics prior, it is this version that is mostly connected to the Wonder Woman mythos. Not sure if he had earlier appearances in DC Comics during the Golden Age or Silver Age.






WONDER WOMAN #2 VOLUME 2


The Post-Crisis version of Steve Trevor was revamped as well. He is old enough to be Diana's father and is in the Army still.

This version of Steve Trevor was not a direct love interest for Diana or Wonder Woman. He would eventually marry Etta Candy instead. This is the 1st appearance of the revamped Steve Trevor in this DC continuity reboot that followed Crisis on Infinite Earths.

Unlike the Golden Age version, this Steve Trevor did not fight in World War II in the comics. This issue could also have the 1st appearance of New-Earth Etta Candy as well.

Another character from the comics that will show up in the movie is Epione. I think she may show up in this comic briefly but is not named. 

Actually, she is referred too as the Amazon's chief physician in this issue, and in the comics that is her role. I am thinking the character is her in this comic but not entirely sure. This could be her first brief appearance in comics.

I do not think the character shows up in any prior continuity, and it is being noted that she was created by George Perez and Len Wein.


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WONDER WOMAN #7 VOLUME 2


Epione is a character that might make her 1st unnamed appearance in issue #2. She may make appearances briefly after issue #2, but she is still is unnamed, and after reading them, her appearances may be super brief like 1 to 3 panels before issue #7.

The character is finally named in this issue, and she looks different than she appears in issue #2. That's why I am not quite so sure concerning this.

Epione may be named in this issue, but she does not show up much. I think it's 2 panels on 2 pages. Below is her appearance in this issue.

Panels from Wonder Woman #7 1987 series
Now, the panel image below is from Wonder Woman #2. Unnamed but referred to as "best physician".
Panel from Wonder Woman #2 1987 series
As you can see the character is blonde, so not sure if that is her or not in issue #2.

So, it's pretty clear that if the two characters are the same, they changed hair color and style by issue #7. In issue #37, Epione is shown as having red hair as well
Panels from Wonder Woman #37 1987 series
So, have no idea about this one or what is considered Epione's 1st appearance. Could be issue #2 or this issue here. She's a pretty minor character, anyway, and doesn't really appear all that much.
 
Epione is played by Eleanor Matsuura in the movie.

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WONDER WOMAN #10 VOLUME 2


In the movie, Samantha Jo is playing the character of Euboea. In the comics, she is a high-ranking General in the Amazonian army.

I think she was a character created during this era and did not have another 1st continuity appearance prior. Not 100% sure, though, but the character was created by Len Wein and Goerge Perez.

This is probably the character's 1st appearance in comics. I don't think this character carries over into the New 52, or I couldn't find any concrete information about that.

Acantha is another character that makes her 1st appearance ever in this comic. She is a senator of the Amazons in the movie, and a member of the high council in the comics. Acantha is played by Florence Kasumba for the movie.

Acantha is a very minor character in the comics and does not have many appearances at all. I don't think her character is carried over into the New 52.







WONDER WOMAN ANNUAL #1 VOLUME 2


The character of Egeria is played by Madeleine Vall in the movie. Madeleine Vall is Swedish MMA fighter and stunt woman. In the comics, the character of Egeria only has a single appearance and appears in flashback in this 1st annual for the 2nd series Wonder Woman comic series.

She's a legendary character and the very first Captain of the Guard of the Amazon army. Her story in this issue is told by Phillipus, and she sacrifices her life to seal the Doom's Doorway in which demons were escaping from.

So Egeria's 1st and death is told in flashback. In this continuity, she is already dead. I don't think there's a Prime-Earth version of this character.






FLASHPOINT #5 VOLUME 2


Well, well, well, looks like this comic series appears once again. With the Flash TV series doing their version of Flashpoint, it seems like this comic is directly related to The New 52.

Wonder Woman in the movie is obviously a mish-mash, and the New 52 or Prime-Earth Wonder Woman is part of the movie. I don't know if this version ever fought during World War II or I, but she is in the Justice League with Cyborg.

In actuality, she meets Steve Trevor in this rebooted continuity quite different. They do not meet because of his plane crashing on Paradise Island or Themyscira. 

Flashpoint #5 volume 2 has a cameo appearance of Prime-Earth Wonder Woman. I wouldn't call it a 1st full appearance, and some are noting it as the 1st appearance of Prime-Earth Wonder Woman. Here's where Wonder Woman Prime-Earth shows up in the comic.
Basically a cameo, and this is not a low print comic. It's estimated at 94,547 for the regular 1st print cover.

There is a 1:25 variant cover by Andy Kubert and Sandra Hope. The estimated print run for the variant B&W sketch by Kubert and Hope should or could be around 3,781.

Flashpoint #5 is the last issue to this comic series, and after this one, the DC continuity is rebooted and the New 52 series begins for DC Comics. 

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WONDER WOMAN #1 NEW 52


Prime-Earth Wonder Woman is seen in Flashpoint #5 volume 2 in a cameo as mentioned above. After Flashpoint, DC launched the New 52 and rebooted the continuity.

This continuity merged Wildstorm and Vertigo characters as well. This comic here just might have the 1st appearance of the New 52 Wonder Woman.

This is not a low print book. Estimated print run is around 76,214 for the 1st printing.

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WONDER WOMAN #2 NEW 52


This comic holds the 1st appearance of the New 52 Hippolyte according to a few sources. Her character still remains Queen of the Amazons and the mother of Wonder Woman.

She lied and said that Diana was molded from clay, but it appears that she and Zeus got jiggy with it and Diana is a demi-goddess that was born naturally. Well, in the New 52 continuity that is.

Estimated print run for this comic is not low either, and it is around 79,060.

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DIVERGENCE #1


This comic again. In the New 52, the oracle of the Amazons, Menalippe, had a very small role. She was present at the birth of Darkseid's daughter Grail. Menalippe appears and dies in this Free Comic Book Day promotional comic.

This issue also sees the first appearance of Grail as a baby. I believe this is Menalippe's 1st and only New 52 appearance, but not 100% sure.

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SENSATION COMICS #4


Once again, Paula von Gunther has not been confirmed for the movie, but she is the first recurring enemy of Wonder Woman in the comics. The character is a Nazi spy, and it would be strange if they didn't have her in the Wonder Woman movie.

The movie does take place in World War I instead of World War II, but it's easy to switch the Baroness in the time era. Well, unless, they plan to have the sequel of the movie in World War II.

Dunno, however, the Golden Age version of Paula von Gunther was scarred in issue #3 of the 1st Wonder Woman series when she ran into a burning munitions plant to stop a bomb from blowing up. The issue also sees her reform and escape persecution from her crimes as a Nazi.

She was not scarred when she was a baddie, and this issue reveals that she was forced to do the Nazi's bidding since they held her daughter captive. Well, the first Wonder Woman trailer has a woman in facial prosthetic or mask and many are speculating that it's Paula von Gunther.

Maybe, maybe not. If she is in the flick, she's probably a one-off villain.

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WONDER WOMAN #1 VOLUME 1


Mars or Ares has been a long-time and frequent adversary of Wonder Woman. He 1st appeared in this Golden Age issue here and was named Ares.

During most of the characters appearances before Crisis on Infinite Earths, he was named Mars. However, when George Perez took on the New-Earth Wonder Woman series, the name of Ares was used to call the character.

Rumors have it that Ares is the big bad of Wonder Woman and might be Danny Huston's character in disguise. Maybe, who knows?

Some say he might be Zeus in disguise? So far, there's been a pretty tight lid on who is who so far concerning baddies or big bads. 

Well, we all know that the version of Wonder Woman on the big screen is the daughter of Zeus. That version of Wonder Woman in the comics is definitely in the New 52, which abandoned the clay concept and introduced her as a natural-born daughter of Zeus and Hippolyta.

CGC and Overstreet both note Wonder Woman #2 as the 1st appearance and origin of Mars, but Ares actually 1st shows up in issue #1. The panels and page from Wonder Woman #1 are below.

So, definitely a 1st brief appearance, and Ares or Mars would show up fully in Wonder Woman #2. Not sure why CGC nor Overstreet doesn't note this issue as a 1st brief. 

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WONDER WOMAN #163


When it comes to Paula von Gunther and her 1st Silver Age or Earth-1 appearance, it's kind of tricky. You see, while Wonder Woman's origin was revamped in these two issues, Paula's character still followed the same Golden Age history up to a point.

Let me explain. Paula von Gunther in the Golden Age was first a Nazi operative and foe of Wonder Woman. She later reformed and was adopted by the Amazons. Paula became their chief scientist.

In issue #163, Paula von Gunta all the sudden appears with a different name and a baddie, but I believe it is suppose to be a different take on the Earth-2 version. The cover does exclaim that it's "Wonder Woman's Arch Enemy".

Whether a revamp or whatever, this Paula von Gunta remains a mystery to me.

So it's confusing what the hell they did to the character and where and why this sudden change happened. The splash page to the story in issue #163 refers to Paula von Gunta as the "Golden Age Mistress of Villainy", so is it really the 1st Earth-1 appearance of the character or the Earth-2 version?

How can that really be 1st Earth-1 character appearance if the 1st Earth-1 Wonder Woman appearance is considered issue #98 and Paula does appear in issue #99? So, yeah, a bit funky but that ain't the worst of it.

In issue #168, Paula von Gunta appears again as a villain and ends up being arrested at the end, but in issue #174, Paula is seen as chief Amazon scientist and ally and friend of Wonder Woman once again. No explanation considering that either.

Not sure who or what Paula von Gunta was suppose to be, or even if it's Paula von Gunta or Gunther in issue #174.

Hell if I know and don't really care either. I'll let you make that call on this one.






WONDER WOMAN #4 VOLUME 4


The New 52 version of Ares is mostly called War. He is seen as a tired, old man, but the character is still a foe of Wonder Woman and the ladies of Amazon. A few sources say he makes his 1st New 52 appearance in this issue.

Rumors have it that Ares may be in disguised as a high-ranking German military official in the Wonder Woman movie. As mentioned before, nothing's been confirmed as of yet.

Estimated print run for this bad boy is 57,675. 

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So the 1st full appearance of Ares is most likely in Wonder Woman #2. Right now, it's just being noted as the 1st appearance of Ares or Mars, but as you can see, he does appear in Wonder Woman #1.

The character is also called by both names as well in issue #1. May be some key notation changes for those two comics in the near future, but Ares or Mars is still rumored as a big bad for the movie. Nothing's been confirmed at the time of this writing.

When it comes to the character of Antiope in the New 52, she is greatly revamped and only seen in flashback in Wonder Woman #47. She is definitely not the same version that's depicted in the movie or the New-Earth version.

In the New 52, Antiope is the first Amazon Queen ever and the grandmother of Wonder Woman who was poisoned by the Spartan king Kleomenes. The Spartan king was tricked by the sorceress Hecate to do so. 

This origin story contained in Wonder Woman #47 also reveals why Antiope's daughter, Hippolyte, closed Paradise Island to the ravages of man. Hippolyte is still Princess Diana's mother.

The movie version of Antiope may be a mish-mash of Earth-1 and New-Earth. The Earth-1 version of the character is a high-ranking Amazon that plots to overthrow Hippolyte.

She bore no relation to the Queen, but the Post-Crisis version was the sister of Hippolyte and ruled the Amazons beside her. In the movie, the character of Antiope is confirmed as a general, and it's already been established that Antiope and her lieutenant, Menalippe, help to train Diana.

In the comics, Menalippe is an oracle, so it should be no surprise that the movie will deviate from the comics. However, it's pretty clear that the movie Antiope won't be based off the New 52 version.

The character of Paula von Gunther in the New-Earth or Post-Crisis continuity was pretty minor with only a few appearances. She returned back to her World War II roots as a Nazi trouble maker, and her 1st New-Earth appearance might be in Wonder Woman #131 of the 2nd series.

I believe she is only shown in flashback and in the parts of the story that take place during World War II. However, who knows who the character that is shown in the Wonder Woman trailer with the prosthetic mask on.

If you missed the trailer, I'll post it on here once again.


Also, if you're interested in displaying your CGC comics, Ed whipped up a video on how to make some pretty inexpensive DIY shelves to do this. Enjoy!





7 comments:

  1. Thanx Buddy!!! Really confusing, that Paula von Gunther thing. Will wait till she' s confirmed, before I snag anything up.

    Ace

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  2. Hi M,

    I also read that Cheetah could be a possible villain. Would love to see a naked tiger woman on screen! Makes absolutely sense to me. However, as I wanted to pick up a first appearance, I got so confused. There are like 100 different Cheetahs - golden, silver, bronze age cheetahs - could you make a Cheetah key issue list just in case? Would be awesome.

    Max Rebo

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    1. As far as I know your best bet on comics to get when talking about Cheetah.
      Wonder Woman #6 1st Cheetah
      Wonder Woman #160 1st Silver Age Cheetah
      Wonder Woman Vol 2 #9 1st Modern/Post Crisis Cheetah

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    2. Thanx a lot man. Appreciate it.

      Max Rebo

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    3. Agreed with statement above rebo's comment.

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  3. Hey yo,

    wanted to report my recent snag: Amazing Piderman 37 for 20 in VG shape. First Norman Osborn. Nice!!!

    Ace

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