In the Issue #87 of “the Brave and the Bold” published in December1969-January1970 … Diana Prince meets Bruce Wayne for the first time at a Car Race, ignoring he is her old JLA teamate “Batman”. Bruce on the other hand knows she is “Wonder Woman” and wants to protect her from a bad Guy who tries to approach and seduce her.
(The pictures bellow are all edited from Issue #87, #105 and #158 of DC Comics – “the Brave and the Bold” serie starting in 1955)
The Princess of the Amazons doens’t shy away from the Billionaire Playboy’s reputation and lets him woo her. The smiles and looks quickly do their magic in this charming game.
And soon follows a invitation to a Date night …
The bad guy wanted to rig Bruce’s Car but the latter discovered it and was fighting some thugs as Diana arrived. Bruce had to refrain to keep Diana from discovering his secret Identity. Seeing him beat down the bad guys, Diana would have recognized immediately Batman’s fighting style.
This was the time where Diana Prince had exchanged her Powers and Immortality to live a life as a human. An impressive Diana, … when you have everything but still choose the humility of a mortal life … but even as only a normal woman she still acted as a Heroine with courage, determination and compassion …always a Wonder Woman. When I compare this one, or the one in DC Rebirth Trinity #17-#19 (Blind), to the miserable one who lost her powers in “Act of God”… I can only think that each time Wondy and Supes are together, good or evil, it is always the worst version of themselves that you get …
During the fight, Bruce gets knocked down and the Thugs escape. Having a concussion the Medic forbids him to race. Diana who knows who is behind all this, is already hooked enought to take his place knowing it is going to be a dangerous Car Race. To avoid that he wants to use his Batman personna to do the job. Surely a good point for him from Diana’s POV if Bruce Wayne has her teamate Batman as friendly acqaintance.
Batman rides the Car but Diana learns the bad guy set up traps along the road to kill Batman. She takes her car and saves Batman’s life several times.
Unfortunately, she got captured at the last Trap. Helpless she will have to look Batman falling into the deadly trap. The moment the last thug triggers the trap she actually cries believing Batman’s will get killed. But its the Thug’s boss that dies.
Diana mistakenly took the wrong car to protect Batman during the race and now she is dragged into Jail for that … unless Bruce goes for her Bail … I have no doubt that she did eat her meal in a fancy restaurant that night and not in a Jail cell.
”the Brave and the Bold” Issue #105 in 1973 : A few years later, It is Batman who asks Wonder Woman for help (and invites her to come to Gotham!) … she still doesn’t have any powers… but he trusts her anyway.
I don’t know what happened during that dinner night in 1970 or how many “Dinner nights” followed that first one … but now she obviously knows his secret Identity. And when the damsell in distress jumps on a surprised Batman to kiss him. Diana in the background doesn’t really seem happy about it.
In “the Brave and the Bold” Issue #158 (10 years after their “First Date”), this time Diana who recovered her Powers doesn’t take long to answer to his invitation even if it is going to be a “late” into the night Dinner … and she knows she will Date the real Him not just one personna or the other.
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