Costumed Identity: Wonder Girl (II)
Name: Cassandra "Cassie" Elizabeth Sandsmark
Group Affiliation: Teen Titans, Young Justice (defunct)
Weight: 90 lbs.
Hair: Blond (formerly black in costume)
Occupation: Adventurer, Student
Base of Operations: Gateway City
Marital Status: Single
Known Relatives: Helena Sandsmark (mother)
Created by: John Byrne
First Appearance: Wonder Woman Vol. 2 #105, January 1996 (as Cassie), Wonder Woman Vol. 2 #111, July 1996 (as the second Wonder Girl)
Cassandra Sandsmark was born out of wedlock and raised by her single mother, Helena. Because of the circumstances of Cassie's birth, and the fact that Helena's family disowned them both, her mother can prove a bit overprotective at times. After all, Cassie is all the family she has left.
Although Cassie is athletically inclined, her intelligence and glasses make her a bit self-conscious, giving her a bit of a "geek complex." And like many kids with such an outlook, Cassie lived a rich fantasy life, topped off by a strong adoration of super-heroes.
Meeting Wonder Woman was the crowning moment in her life, and one that would change her forever. While Diana of Themyscira was interviewing at Helena's museum for a job as a lecturer, Cassie accidentally activated an ancient Greek robot that began pursuing her. It was Wonder Woman who saved her.
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Later, Cassie experienced the power of flight when Diana briefly lent her the Sandals of Hermes. On two occasions, Cassie "borrowed" the sandals, as well as the Gauntlets of Atlas, and donned a makeshift costume to aid Wonder Woman in battle.
Then, when the ancient Greek gods were trying to decide whether to return to earth, Diana summoned Cassie to Olympus, and the gods probed her mind for information. While there, the girl requested an audience with Zeus, not knowing at the time that he was her long-absentee father, and got a chance to speak to the god.
Impressed by his daughter's courage at approaching him, Zeus granted her heart's desire, a set of powers similar to Diana's own. At Wonder Woman's behest, the Amazon Artemis and Donna Troy, the original Wonder Girl, began training Cassie in the proper use of her powers.
Cassie made herself a costume similar to that of Superboy, who she has a huge crush on, and joined the Young Justice team with Robin, Secret, Impulse, and Superboy himself. Other members of the team have included Arrowette, Empress, Slo-bo, the Ray, and, briefly, Lagoon Boy. With the disolution of Young Justice after the Graduation Day debacle, Cassie retired.
When Cyborg rebuilt the Teen Titans, Cassie reluctantly joined. She made herself a new costume in tribute to Donna Troy who was, at the time, believed dead. Since joining the Teen Titans, Cassie has been given her own lasso, one that deals pain equal to Cassie's ire, by her half-brother Ares. She has also discovered the identity of her father. She is also involved in a more serious relationship with Kon-El... Superboy.
Her first two times out, Cassie used the Sandals of Hermes and the Gauntlets of Atlas to gain powers similar to Wonder Woman. Zeus granted her the power of flight and superhuman strength. Although she is not invulnerable, she also possesses near-superhuman stamina which allows her to take a lot of punishment compared to a normal teenage girl.
Seeing the potential for abuse, however, and wanting Cassie to grow up with the proper respect for her mother, Zeus limited Cassie such that her mother can remove or restore her powers with a touch. Although her mother does not completely approve of Cassie's adventuring life, she has decided to allow her to make her own decisions and retain her abilities.
Most recently, Cassie has been voted the leader of the super-hero team Young Justice, though with the demise of that comic and its reinvetion as "Teen Titans" this coming Summer, whether or not she'll remain in the leadership position has yet to be seen. (Most likely, DC will cop out and make Robin the leader of the Teen Titans)
If you'd like to see Cassie get her own monthly title or limited series, though at this point in the comics world its a slim hope, please e-mail email@example.com or write to:
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When this page first began, it was the only site dedicated solely to Cassie's Wonder Girl that I could find on the Web... so in my mind, I guess that makes me the first. However, here are a few links to some really cool locations where you can learn more about the Girl Wonder. Wonder Woman Links Young Justice Links Other Related Links Great Hera.com
Probably the visually-coolest Wonder Woman site I've seen. Worth a look.
Young Justice: The Hangout
A nice site with some good information on all the team's members.
The official DC Comics website. Thanks in advance for not suing, guys.
Cassie's current team, the Teen Titans.
Young Justice: The Wild Ride
A fun site with some cool links, up to date info, and a nice layout.
Kon-El and Cassie
While I personally think Cassie is too good for him, this site is really cool.
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