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The cover to Wonder Comics #1, featuring Wonderson (as Wonder Man)

Wonderson
is a member of Wonder Team. He was originally created by Will Eisner, but characterization for Crossover Melee is by Ave Messer.

Character historyEdit

Wonder Comics #1Edit

Wonderson began as Wonder Man, the alter ego of Fred Carson, radio personality and inventor. During a trip to Tibet, an old monk gives him a ring which bestows upon Fred superhuman powers. Fred returns to the US and takes up an assignment to cover a civil war in a lesser-developed country, where he debuts his identity as Wonder Man, helping to get food to the peasants and to end the war. During this, he develops some romantic tension with his boss's daughter: she dislikes Fred and loves Wonder Man, while he develops a bit of an attraction for her.

Crossover MeleeEdit

Story yet to be revealed

Publication historyEdit

Wonder Man was created by Will Eisner in the Eisner-Iger Shop for Victor Fox, who was publishing astrology magazines when he ran across his distributor's reports on the incredible sales for National Periodicals' Action Comics in February 1939. He immediately decided to get into the comic book business, setting up offices in the same building DC had theirs, then contacted Eisner. Using the pen name Willis, Eisner wrote and drew the first issue of Wonder Comics which appeared on the news stands less than six weeks later.

LawsuitEdit

On March 15, 1939 DC Comics brought a copyright infringement lawsuit against Fox, due to the character's similarities to Superman, as well as story and illustration elements that were similar to previous Superman adventures. The case was brought to court in Detective Comics, Inc. v. Bruns Publications, Inc., 111 F.2d 432 (2d Cir. 1940), in which Eisner defended the originality of his creation. Despite this testimony, the subsequent decision forced Fox to drop the character after just one issue.

Wonder Comics however, continued as a title, featuring Yarko the Great in #2, then changed its name to Wonderworld Comics featuring The Flame in #3 and continued for another 30 issues.

This was the first copyright lawsuit in comic book history and set a precedent for DC Comics' vigorous protection of its characters.

The dispute is depicted in disguised fashion in Eisner's semi-autobiographical graphic novel, The Dreamer. However, this depiction is at odds with Eisner's own testimony at the trial, transcripts of which were unearthed in 2010.

Wonder Team/Crossover MeleeEdit

Wonder Comics #1 lapsed into the public domain, along with many other comics, over time (in part not being renewed due to the lawsuit). As such, he was able to become a member of (and also inspire the name for) Wonder Team, brought together by Ave Messer, who has no ties with Victor Fox, Will Eisner or their estates.

However, a necessitated change, for better promotion of the team, was in the character's name, since Marvel Comics currently has a trademark on the name Wonder Man (a character who has been on-and-off a member of the Avengers--or dead). The name "Wonderson" os a portmanteu of "Wonder" and "Person", and seemed adequate enough.

Wonderson's debut will really be in Crossover Melee and Wonder Team at the same time, since that is the debut of this version of the character. It is yet to be seen what this characterization will be like.

Powers and abilitiesEdit

Wonderson has a special ring that grants him super strength, speed and durability (and possibly also flight). He is also an accomplished radio personality/reporter, as well as a skilled inventor, creating what is essentially a cell phone in 1938.

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