Steve Trevor first crash-landed on the scene in ALL STAR COMICS #8 in 1941. The Amazon princess, Diana, discovered him floating amid his plane’s wreckage, saved his life and nursed him back to health. Since Aphrodite’s Law stated that man was forbidden to set foot on Paradise Island, Hippolyta, queen of the Amazons, decreed a competition to determine who would return Steve to Man’s World and become the Amazon emissary for justice and equality. Princess Diana won each challenge. Upon winning the entire contest, she was bestowed the responsibility of accompanying Steve Trevor back to America.
Since Wonder Woman’s arrival in Man’s World, Steve Trevor has been one of her closest friends, most trusted allies and eventually her true love. Together, they went up against the Axis spies of World War II, saved the world from alien invaders, and even went head-to-head against the Olympic Gods. Steve asked Diana to marry him several times. She finally said yes, and they married and settled in Georgetown. They had one child, a daughter named Hippolyta, after Wonder Woman’s mother, the Amazon queen.
Many of Steve Trevor’s storylines in the ’50s and ’60s were fueled by romance and jealousy. In 1960’s WONDER WOMAN vol. 1 #118, for example, Steve suspected Wonder Woman had a secret suitor, Manno the Mer-Man. Although she assured Steve that they were just friends, Steve was consumed by jealousy, which gave way to a dangerous situation involving an octopus. In 1966’s WONDER WOMAN vol. 1 #160, Steve and Wonder Woman prevented the Cheetah from stealing a priceless exhibit at the zoo, but the villain seduced Steve into kissing her.
In WONDER WOMAN vol. 1 #179-180 (1968-1969), Steve Trevor was secretly ordered to infiltrate a criminal organization led by the mysterious Dr. Cyber and get inside information.
Upon discovering his ruse, Cyber’s agents brutally beat and shot Steve. Using him as bait, they lured Wonder Woman to their hideout and, in plain sight, machine-gunned Steve right in front of her. Tragically, he died in her arms.
But Steve’s story did not end there. In WONDER WOMAN vol. 1 #223 (1976), Queen Hippolyta had Aphrodite resurrect Steve as part of a test for Wonder Woman. After successfully triumphing in the resulting trials, Wonder Woman pleaded with Aphrodite to allow Steve to remain with her. Aphrodite granted her wish; and Diana and Steve returned to America, where he lived under the pseudonym Steve Howard.
Following the continuity-altering events of 1985’s CRISIS ON INFINITE EARTHS, Steve Trevor was reintroduced as a middle-aged former colonel of the U.S. Air Force. This version of Steve was in the midst of a bombing raid when his plane crashed on the island of Themyscira. Princess Diana rescued him and returned him to Patriarch World. Back home, he joined Wonder Woman in preventing Ares from igniting World War III. Married to Etta Candy, he eventually became the Deputy Secretary of Defense for the U.S. government.
The New 52
Although still a colonel and military man, Steve Trevor stepped into a new role as leader of the Justice League during his reappearance in the New 52 universe, a relationship established in 2012’s JUSTICE LEAGUE vol. 2 #3. Despite his love for Wonder Woman, she never reciprocated, though Amanda Waller used his feelings for Wonder Woman as leverage when she convinced him to assemble a team to keep metahumans in check. He recruited for A.R.G.U.S. (Advanced Research Group Uniting Superhumans) and became acting director of the group.
In a familiar retelling of his initial origin tale, Rebirth’s 2016 Wonder Woman story “Year One” saw Steve, along with his fellow Navy SEALs, crash onto the shores of Themyscira. Steve, the lone survivor, was placed in Diana’s care. Queen Hippolyta then declared there would be a contest to determine who would bring Steve back to America and that the champion would be an ambassador. Diana won, and returned with Steve and the bodies of his fallen comrades. Allied again, they battled to keep the world safe from many threats, including Ares and a deadly global virus.