Why The Original Justice League Made Wonder Woman Their Secretary

Wonder Woman's history with the original Justice League began with being named the team's secretary, a role she would hold for years.

Why The Original Justice League Made Wonder Woman Their Secretary

Wonder Woman's introduction to the original Justice League wasn't as an integral member. Instead, the Justice Society of America originally named Princess Diana of Themyscira as the group's secretary - an honor she held for years before getting a more serious role in future battles.

Wonder Woman first appeared in All Star Comics #8 (1941) joining the Justice Society of America (predating the Justice League) as an honorary member. The Golden Age, team featured Doctor Fate, Hour-Man, the Atom, Spectre, Sandman, Hawkman, Starman, and Doctor Mid-Nite. When the JSA introduced Wonder Woman as their first female member, it wasn't without caveats: Diana was originally an 'honorary member' and was made secretary of the team - despite her immense power.

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In All Star Comics #12, the Justice Batallion (the team's name when working for the U.S Army in World War II) is called into action against a secret group of Japanese spies. While the team draws up a plan, Wonder Woman is tasked with taking notes and is largely sidelined throughout the issue. However, in the comics' final pages, the team subdues a group of spies. The JSA celebrates the moment by making her the honorary secretary. The group sings "for she's a jolly good fellow" as Wonder Woman says "I don't think I was so thrilled in my life."

While the moment is played off as being a tremendous honor for Wonder Woman, it's clear that she's much more than a secretary. She could defeat pretty much every member of the JSA in a one-on-one fight, yet the team sidelines her as a secretary instead of taking advantage of her strength. Making her an honorary member and naming her secretary was a slap to the face of her power - even if she was written to be honored by the role. The scene is certainly sexist and of its times. It's highly doubtful if she was Wonder Man, that the group would make the hero their secretary.

Future issues of All Star Comics would start with a roll call that emphasized the fact Wonder Woman was just the secretary to the Justice Society of America. She was forced to be held back on multiple missions and wasn't given a serious role on the team for years. While pretty much every member of the original JSA has long been forgotten by the average comic book reader, Wonder Woman became one of DC Comics' most popular and inspiring characters. It's a shame the original Justice League didn't view her more of an equal, because she would have been incredibly helpful to the team. She was effectively named secretary because of her gender. Thankfully, time has corrected the oversight.

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Thanos, the Mad Titan once slapped the Hulk and Drax so hard that he took out both Marvel heroes with a single slap to the face.

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Drax the Destroyer has a justifiable beef with in the comics. His wife was killed by the Mad Titan and his daughter was believed to be dead (but later revealed to be kidnapped). When Drax got a chance to exact some revenge on Thanos, both he and the Hulk got a powerful slap to the face.

Drax and the Hulk share many similarities. They're both hulking brutes who possess superhuman abilities that make them incredibly powerful. In the Infinity Gauntlet saga, Drax had a strikingly similar physique to Hulk, so when the two hulking figures got a chance to take down an Infinity Gauntlet-less Thanos, they jump at the chance. However, Thanos was prepared for them.

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In Infinity Gauntlet #6 by Jim Starlin, Ron Lim, and Josef Rubinstein, Thanos' reign is coming to an end, as his daughter Nebula takes the Infinity Gauntlet. She heroically brings back half of existence with a single snap and is attacked by some of the most powerful cosmic beings in the galaxy. Eventually, the gauntlet falls into the hands of Adam Warlock. As the conflict ends, Hulk and Drax decide to try to take on Thanos. However, their attempt is immediately foiled by the supervillain as he slaps both of them to the ground.

Even without the Infinity Gauntlet, Thanos is one of the most powerful villains in the Marvel Universe. Hulk and Drax must have thought they had the upper hand, but quickly learned Thanos isn't a weakling. Slapping both the brutes to the ground is extremely impressive considering both Hulk and Drax's strength. While the slap occurs, Thanos activates a nuclear bomb in an effort to kill himself and the heroes fighting against him. However, Thor manages to throw him into space with Mjolnir as he explodes in the stars. The bomb ended Thanos' rule as he would be trapped in the Soul Stone after the explosion.

Decades later, Drax would eventually kill Thanos himself, but in this battle, his attempt to attack a weakened Thanos failed. He can sleep easily knowing that Hulk, one of the strongest heroes on Earth also took a walloping from the slap. The scene showed the Mad Titan's power isn't to be underestimated, even when Thanos doesn't have all the Infinity Stones. One wrong move and he'll slap a powerful hero like Drax or Hulk to the ground.

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