Wednesday, May 16, 2012

MOON GIRL "Introducing Moon Girl & the Prince"

Here's a slightly-different love story...
She was the princess of a far-off land, come to America after winning an athletic tournament!
She was super-strong, near-invulnerable, and could fly for short distances!
Equipped with exotic weaponry, she battled evil and constantly rescued her non-super powered boyfriend!
And, she wore a red-yellow-blue costume with a revealing top and VERY short blue shorts!
Sounds like Wonder Woman, doesn't it?
But, it's NOT!
"WTF!!!" you may exclaim! "Who's 'Moon Girl'?"
Read on...
Moon Girl appeared in her own title, originally called Moon Girl & the Prince (1947),
co-created by writer Bill Woolfolk and illustrator Sheldon Moldoff.
Note: Woolfolk's first wife, Dorothy Woolfolk, was also a comics writer/editor who worked on, among others, Wonder Woman, Lois Lane, Supergirl, and romance titles at DC Comics!

As of #2, it became just Moon Girl as Prince Mengu disappeared from all but the lead story in each issue.
When #7 came out, it became Moon Girl Fights Crime, the Prince was gone entirely, and the backups became true-crime tales narrated by Moon Girl. The lead stories were still Moon Girl adventures.
Two issues later (#9), the book became a romance title, A Moon, A Girl, Romance! (The final Moon Girl story appeared in the back.)
Finally, as of #13, the book shifted gears into science fiction and became Weird Fantasy!
Curiously, though almost all of EC Comics' output over the years has been reprinted in both comic and book form, AFAIK, Moon Girl has yet to appear, except as a footnote in Weird Fantasy reprints!

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