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A history of the Cheetah in ‘Wonder Woman’

posted Jan 2, 2021, 9:08 PM by Vu Sleeper

WONDER WOMAN #9 (Oct 1987)
DC Comics


The New Cheetah

Writers George Pérez and Len Wein introduced a different version of the Cheetah in 1987 with “Wonder Woman” No. 7 (the series restarted from No. 1 earlier that year). Here, Barbara Minerva is a greedy and selfish archaeologist who forces an African tribe to perform a ritual on her, hoping it will give her immortality. Instead, she receives the ability to transform into the catlike Cheetah, gaining superhuman strength and speed; the ritual partially backfires, and her human form becomes frail and weak. As a result, she can only live up to her true potential as the Cheetah.