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Question Female villain Baroness Paula von Gunther is a one of a kind character even by the benchmarks of the DC Comics Golden Age.  She’s typically characterised as Marvel Woman’s 1st recurring villain, which is correct enough, but she invested extra time as an ally of the Amazons and a semi-frequent recurring Surprise Girl forged member.  The character she ultimately became is typified extremely perfectly by her visual appeal and function in Comedian Cavalcade #16. You can find a Comedian Cavalcade #16 (DC, 1946) CGC VF+ 8.5 Off-white to white pages available in this week’s 2021 June 13-14 Sunday & Monday Comics, Animation & Art Pick Auction at Heritage Auctions.

Comic Cavalcade #16 (DC, 1946) Paula von Gunther scene.
Comedian Cavalcade #16 (DC, 1946) Paula von Gunther scene.

The arc of Paula von Gunther’s character improvement has some standard parallels to sure historical areas of World War II. The character debuted as a spy and tremendous-scientist in Feeling Comics #4 (cover-dated April 1942) the company of the Nazis. Through her seize and “rehabilitation” in Wonder Girl #3 (Feb-March 1943) she revealed that she served the Nazis out of dread for the security of family members. After some rocky moments all through which her allegiance to Marvel Lady and The us ended up place to the check, she was eventually established up in a top secret lab in America to keep on her scientific investigate as the war drew to a shut.

It is really in this lab wherever we obtain her by the time of Comic Cavalcade #16 in 1946.  Paula von Gunther is made use of as an clear extension of Wonder Lady co-creator’s William Moulton Marston’s suggestions about the psychology of human character in this sequence. She employs an “introspection machine” to exhibit a juvenile delinquent the struggle of needs concerning dominance and appreciate enjoying out inside his own mind.

Marston died a lot less than a 12 months immediately after this Comic Cavalcade #16 hit the newsstand. An fascinating look at Marston’s views on psychology from late in his occupation by way of the lens of the character Paula von Gunther, there is certainly a Comedian Cavalcade #16 (DC, 1946) CGC VF+ 8.5 Off-white to white internet pages available in this week’s 2021 June 13-14 Sunday & Monday Comics, Animation & Art Decide on Auction at Heritage Auctions.

Comic Cavalcade #16 (DC, 1946) with Paula von Gunther appearance.
Comedian Cavalcade #16 (DC, 1946) with Paula von Gunther overall look.

Comic Cavalcade #16 (DC, 1946) CGC VF+ 8.5 Off-white to white webpages. Square-sure difficulty. E. E. Hibbard cover. H. G. Peter and Paul Reinman art. Overstreet 2020 VF 8. benefit = $659 VF/NM 9. worth = $1,130. CGC census 6/21: 3 in 8.5, 5 higher.

See the certification for CGC Certification ID 3727616007 and order grader’s notes if available.

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