Drusilla (DC Comics)
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Wonder Woman Vol 1,|
#182 (June 1969)
|Created by||Mike Sekowsky|
|Place of origin||Themyscira|
|Notable aliases||Wonder Girl|
Drusilla is an Amazon who appeared in Wonder Woman Vol 1, #182 to #184, of DC Comics in 1969. Created by Mike Sekowsky, she was modified as Wonder Woman's younger sister when she was featured on the Wonder Woman television series played by Debra Winger.
Fictional character biographies
Drusilla was an Amazon messenger, then came to the former Wonder Woman with terrible news. In the dimension now hosting Paradise Island, Ares was attempting to force Hippolyta to give him the secret of transdimensional travel.
Hippolyta kept refusing him, and Ares sent his troops against the Island, killing many Amazons. Ares’s daughter Eris then put Hippolyta into an enchanted sleep.
A Time to Love a Time to Die!
During Diana's adventures with I Ching: In another dimension, Queen Hippolyta tells an Amazon named Drusilla that she must bring Princess Diana back to her using a magic cross-dimensional amulet. Drusilla locates Diana and I Ching, who then follow her, and brings them both across dimensional barriers to the land where Paradise Island now exists.
Return to Paradise Island
The land is ravaged by war, and Queen Hippolyta lies comatose and tormented. An Amazon reveals that Ares, his sister Eris, and his sons Diemos and Phobus came to Hippolyta and demanded the secret of dimensional travel so that they could travel to Earth and plunge it into bloody war. Hippolyta refused, and battle ensued, in which the Amazons were defeated. But Hippolyta still withheld the secret, whereupon Eris cursed her with a nightmare sleep that would only end when her secret was wrested from her.
Now Ares appears to Diana and tells her that she can end her mother’s suffering by asking her to reveal the secret. But Hippolyte, even in sleep, grasps Diana’s hand, signifying her answer is still “No”. When Ares and his family attempt to kidnap Hippolyta, the Amazons surround their queen and prevent it. Ares withdraws, promising to return with troops. Diana rallies the Amazons to fight at her side against their foe, which outnumbers them five to one. Diana later dons battle armor and leads the Amazon army against Deimos’s and Phobus’s Beast Men, during which battle the enemy snatches Hippolyta. The Amazons recover their queen in a raid led by Diana, and they withdraw to a mountain pass where they intend to make their last stand against Mars’s troops.
The Last Battle
Diana hits on the idea of going to another dimension where King Arthur and heroes of legend still exist and asking for their help in repelling Mars’s troops. Drusilla, the Amazons’ messenger, takes her to that realm, in which Arthur is holding a tournament of heroes. But none of them wish to go to war again, even after Diana tells them Ares is on the march again. A fight begins between Diana and Siegfried, but the Valkyrie Brunhilde stops it and tells Diana she and her Valkyries would be proud to aid the Amazons. Thus, Diana returns with the Nordic war-women and begin their final engagement with Ares’s forces. Before long, they are joined by Roland and the other heroes from Arthur’s realm, and Ares’s army is defeated. Hippolyta awakens from her sleep, and Ares brings an unconscious Diana back to her, honoring his opponent, but telling her that he will eventually return. Roland, Brunnhilde, and all the other heroes and Valkyries depart. Paradise Island is rebuilt, and I Ching opts to stay there awhile and study its ancient mysteries. With the crisis over, Drusilla takes Diana back to her apartment on Earth where they part ways and say their goodbyes.
- A figure resembling Winger's Drusilla made a cameo appearance in Infinite Crisis #6, as the Wonder Girl of Earth-462.
In other media
Although the pilot episode revealed that Princess Diana was Queen Hippolyta's only child, 2 later episodes featured Diana's younger sister, Drusilla.
This version of Drusilla was different than the one-time character in the comics. She was heavily modified for the TV Series.
Drusilla first appeared in the two-part episode "The Feminum Mystique." In that episode, Queen Hippolyta (Carolyn Jones) sends Drusilla to America in order to bring her sister home to Paradise Island to continue her duties as Princess.
Drusilla gets tangled up in a Nazi plot to discover the secret of Wonder Woman's magical bracelets, and in the process masters the transformational spin used by Diana. Although Drusilla creates the persona of Wonder Girl, the distinction is lost on the Nazis, who believe her to be Wonder Woman and abduct her.
Drusilla appeared again in the final episode of the first season "Wonder Woman in Hollywood." A Wonder Girl series was in development when actress Debra Winger broke her contract and left the series.