14. Wonder Woman had a sidekick named Etta Candy
It’s rare for a superhero to fight alone. Captain America has Bucky. Batman has Robin. Superman has a veritable warehouse of sidekicks and derivative characters, some more important than others: Supergirl, Power Girl, Krypto the Superdog, and Comet the Super-Horse. Yeah, if you ever think the 1990s were a strange time for comics, then take a peek into the weird, weird world of Silver Age comics.
Wonder Woman herself has had plenty of sidekicks and supporting characters. There’s Artemis, of course, along with Donna Troy, Steve Trevor, and plenty more. But perhaps the best one of all was the earliest – Etta Candy.
Etta, who debuted only one issue after Wonder Woman herself, initially looked like she was going to be an unfortunate comic relief character. Etta, you see, was a wacky, oversized lady who carried candy everywhere and uttered catch phrases like “Woo! Woo!” while beating up villains.
But don’t underestimate Etta. She soon became a true rarity in Golden Age comics – a loud, plus-sized woman who was unapologetically proud of herself and good at her job. Seriously, you wouldn’t want to go up in a fight against Etta. The un-superpowered Etta fought Nazis, constantly saved Wonder Woman, and was even made an honorary Amazon. And, as long as William Moulton Marston was in charge of the comics series, Etta was unashamed and unapologetic of herself and her abilities.