The series that ended in the 1970s because no one wanted Wanted (a line attributed to publisher Carmine Infantino at the time) The last issue of #9, and the tenth issue....
Well, read on!
Crime's Comedy King
...who had debuted all of 6 issues ago!
The Prankster returns by punking crime boss King Ruggles on his birthday, tormenting him with bad puns and even worse gimmick gags, but getting the King to give him $100,000 for the promise of over a million in a month. The Prankster goes to withdraw $50,000 and promptly goes to the police station, and gives himself and the money up! This gets a call in to Clark Kent and Lois Lane, with Clark changing to Superman to confront King Ruggles, then returning to police HQ to see Prankster leaving....where he stops the villain.
Prankster reported back to King Ruggles with his million (his scheme fulfilled, as he got to be around the rich, he found ways to rob them). Of course, Prankster only showed Ruggles the money, as he planned on taking it from him as well. Superman shows up to stop all of them, but, a quick maneuver takes out Superman (!!!). The King then plans to dispose of Superman and the Prankster, but Superman wakes up, saves himself, and captures Ruggles (but, the Prankster gets away....).
Prankster would return, with many more gimmicks to make fun of the Man of Steel!
The Adventure Of The Magic Forest
A married couple called the Tuckers and an unlucky explorer have problems in a forest, all observed by a lonely mobster. This mobster goes back to the home of the Nightshade, who, now that someone knows his value, readies his plan to make criminals wealthy. Meanwhile, back at young Toby Tucker's birthday party, the lad misses his parents who were suppose to be coming home, and tells his friend, Sandy Hawkins (ward to Wes Dodds, the Sandman). Sandman and Sandy go off in search of the Tuckers, finding Nightshade's deadly forest, and are attacked by the plants there. They also find some natural illusions, that lead people (like the Tuckers) to drive off the road. Thankfully, the Tuckers survived, and the heroes have the police take them home.
Dr. Fate and Hourman and more! Even worked with a fellow Wanted alumni in Mr. Who!).
Thus ended the original run of Wanted, the World's Most Dangerous Villains....but previous issues had promised stories with Catwoman and Wonder Woman....so, as DC collected the original issues, they included a few "newer" reprints as well, including a mock-up cover as well (sadly, Nick Cardy is no longer with us, as he drew Black Canary, Wonder Woman and Catwoman all too rarely....).
The Sleeping Beauties Of Gotham City
...as Selina Kyle returns to face the dynamic duo of Gotham City.
In Gotham, it just rains cats....as Catwoman lets Batman and Robin know she has a new crime scheme. Batman reviews Catwoman's career with the police (thinking that she has abandoned her good life as Selina Kyle). But, Bruce and Dick find Selina entered into a five woman beauty pageant sponsored by the W. Ross Cosmetic Company. Finding Selina's address their, Batman and Robin go to confront her, to find Selina ready for them (planning to sue for false arrest, as the duo have no proof she is Catwoman).
As Batman smells the perfume she is to get as a prize, he realizes her plan....that she had European agents place valuables in the exotic perfume (which got past customs) so she could get her prize (and her ill-gotten booty). She created a film duplicate of herself to fool the guards watching her sleeping body (having only dosed herself with a bit of the sleeping sickness)
Catwoman would return to face Batman again and again (and she even faced the next villain a few times as well....)
The Black Canary
Black Canary would return, team up with Johnny, eventually replacing his thunderbolt, then Johnny himself in these comic pages, as well as taking his membership in the JSA!
The Girl Who Saved Paradise Island
Wonder Woman starts this tale with her mother and tales from ancient Sparta, where soldiers would leave baby girls to be eaten by wolves...yet Diana's mother, Hippolyte, and her amazons were there to rescue the girls, including Astra (who, even as a baby could defend herself). The Queen took the babies to Infanta, the child planet, where the girls could grow up (a little, retaining eternal youth, yet also having powers as well, with Astra becoming Infanta's child Queen).
Astra, Conquest and Mars would return (in fact, all of them did in Sensation Comics #92!).
two DC Specials which led to the Wanted series, DC's Wanted the World's Most Dangerous Super-Villains recent collection did include the nine issues of that series (including the Trickster, Solomon Grundy, Dr. Light and Captain Cold (and more).
A wonderful tribute to lasting villainy.....and the love of comics had by E. Nelson Bridwell.