Sensation Comics
The first issue of Sensation Comics marked the first cover appearance of Wonder Woman.
Publication information
Publisher DC Comics
Schedule Monthly:
Format Ongoing series
Publication date January 1942 – May-June 1952
Number of issues 109
Main character(s) Wonder Woman

Sensation Comics is the title of an American comic book series published by DC Comics that ran for 109 issues between 1942 and 1952. For most of its run, the lead feature was Wonder Woman, a character which had been introduced in All Star Comics #8 (December 1941).[1] Other characters that appeared included the Black Pirate, the Gay Ghost, Mister Terrific, Wildcat, Sargon the Sorcerer, Hal Mason, the Whip, the Atom, Little Boy Blue, Hop Harrigan, Romance, Inc., Lady Danger, Doctor Pat, and Astra.

The series briefly became a romance title starting with issue #94 (November 1949).[2] Johnny Peril became the lead feature with issue #107, when the theme of the comic changed to a supernatural/mystery format. The title was changed to Sensation Mystery with #110 and ran for another seven issues.[3] The retitled series ended with issue #116 (July-August 1953).[4]

The Sensation Comics title was used again in 1999 as the title for one issue of the Justice Society Returns storyline.[5]

Collected editions

Millennium Edition

In 2000 and 2001, DC reprinted several of its most notable issues in the Millennium Edition series. The first issue of Sensation Comics was reprinted in this format.[6]


  1. Wallace, Daniel; Dolan, Hannah, ed. (2010). "1940s". DC Comics Year By Year A Visual Chronicle. Dorling Kindersley. p. 40. ISBN 978-0-7566-6742-9. "Wonder Woman...took the lead in Sensation Comics following a sneak preview in All Star Comics #8." 
  2. Wallace "1940s" in Dolan, p. 61: "Sensation Comics started to focus entirely on romance with issue #94 in November."
  3. Irvine, Alex "1950s" in Dolan, p. 68: "For most of Sensation Comics run the lead feature remained Wonder Woman, but from issue #107, the theme changed as the mysterious adventurer known as Johnny Peril took center stage…At issue #110, Sensation Comics changed its name to Sensation Mystery to better represent its new focus. Johnny Peril remained the lead feature of the comic until its demise six issues later in July 1953."
  4. Sensation Mystery at the Grand Comics Database
  5. Goyer, David S.; Robinson, James (w), Benefiel, Scott (p), Propst, Mark (i). "Womanly Deeds and Manly Words" Sensation Comics v2, 1 (May 1999)
  6. Millennium Edition: Sensation Comics at the Grand Comics Database

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