Diana Prince (Earth-2)
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The real deal. The Army nurse whom Wonder Woman (I) "used' for credentials to back up her secret identity. Post-Crisis, the character still exists in much the same form, though the degree to which Diana of Themyscira actually "uses" her for a secret identity (while in the World War II era) is questionable. She is shown, post-Crisis, to be the Washington, DC, roommate of Hippolyta, the "new" Wonder Woman of the 1940s.
Why did Diana Prince give her identity to Wonder Woman? The usual reason women do dumb things: love and money. Wonder Woman discovered her in the hospital where she deposited Steve Trevor immediately following their return. Literally sobbing when Wonder Woman first encountered her, Prince was upset because her fiancée, Dan White, had been transferred to the West Coast. Having recently accrued a large sum of money doing the "bullets and bracelets" thing in front of a public audience, Wonder Woman offered Prince her earnings for the name. This allowed Prince to start a new, boyfriend-less life away from the Army that had ripped her world in half--and gave Wonder Woman the perfect cover to stay by Steve's side as he recovered.Putting it cynically, of course, Wonder Woman exploited the woman's sadness and paid her to go AWOL.
The first picture, right, is from Sensation Comics #9, one of Diana Prince's earliest appearances. We see here Prince deciding that she will, after all, use her husband's last name, White, offering her maiden name, "Prince", to "our" Diana. Indeed, the whole White family has a part to play in giving the Amazonian a complete identity. Dan White, Diana Prince's husband, gets a promotion in the same issue, allowing Wonder Woman's alter ego a job opening.
Her last name was changed to Diana White. Sensation Comics #9 "The Return of Diana Prince"
First Appearance: Sensation (Mystery) Comics (1942) #1
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Sensation (Mystery) Comics (1942)
#1 Wonder Woman: The Greatest Stories Ever Told (2007)
- 'Sensation Comics'#9
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