DIANA THE ARCHER
Secret Identity: War correspondent Diana Archer. (Yet even SHE thinks people are stupid for not figuring out that whole Superman/ Clark Kent thing.)
Origin: Unknown beyond the obvious fact that – in her costumed identity – she works for British Intelligence with her role as a newswoman serving as a cover for her superheroics.
First Appearance: Terrific Comics #3 (June 1944). Her final Golden Age appearance came later that same year.
Powers: Diana was in peak physical condition and possessed the maximum strength a human female could possess. In addition she was more agile than an Olympic gymnast and was a champion archer.
Most of Diana’s arrows had normal arrowheads but a few would sport the usual trick-items like grappling hooks, dull edges for concussive impact, miniature explosives, etc, just like those employed by Alias the Spider, the Red Archer and every other bow and arrow-oriented superhero over the decades. However, since it was wartime Diana used her arrows to much deadlier effect.
Comment: Diana’s most active period was spent as a partner with the American superhero/ intelligence operative Boomerang (qv) in the China-Burma-India theater of World War Two. The pair were romantically involved.
Given how neglected the China-Burma-India Theater is in WW2 I wish Diana’s adventures had gone on much longer. At any rate she should not be confused with Diana the Huntress, a different Golden Age superheroine.
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