Hollywood By Choice
Wonder Woman’s Black sister Nubia
Gail Choice | 6/8/2017, midnight
In 1973, in DC Comics issues #204-206, a masked, armored Amazon encounters Diana Prince, proclaims she is “Wonder Woman,” and challenges her to a battle to death for the title. While Diana and this mysterious woman are in a sword duel, the armored woman wins, but hesitates to kill her. A beautiful dark-skinned warrior then removes her helmet and declares “I am Nubia. Wonder Woman of the Floating Island.”
Queen Mother Hippolyta suspects Nubia may be her long-lost daughter who was snatched from her cradle by Mars, the God of war. Molded from black clay, at the same time Princess Diana was created from white clay, both were given gifts of life and beauty by Aphrodite, yet Wonder Woman was raised by the Amazons. The two women have the same powers, except Nubia possesses a magic sword which is the only weapon that can counteract Diana’s magic lasso. Back on Paradise Island, Queen Hippolyta reveals to Diana that Nubia is not a stranger, but indeed her sister. Nubia and Diana later defeat Mars and decide to band together in a sisterhood to lead men “into ways of peace.”
To ABC network’s credit, they did begin taking steps in 1975 to add a character who would play Diana’s black twin sister. Mego Corporation even created a Nubia doll as part of their tie-in toy line for the show, but the series switched networks and alas, Nubia was not to be. In the comic book series, we unfortunately do not see Nubia again until the late 1990s and 2000s—where her mission is to guard Doom’s Doorway.
To date, only one Black woman is cinematically recognized as a Super Hero—Ororo Munroe or “Storm” originally played by Oscar winner Halle Berry in the X-Men film series. Consequently, there is plenty of room for “Nubia,” Wonder Woman.