The Secret History of Wonder Woman by Jill LeporeA cultural history of Wonder Woman traces the characters creation and enduring popularity, drawing on interviews and archival research to reveal the pivotal role of feminism in shaping her seven-decade story.
Examines the life of Wonder Woman creator William Moulton Marston and his polyamorous relationship with wife Elizabeth Holloway and mistress Olive Byrne, both of whom inspired and influenced the comic book characters creation and development.
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The Surprising Origin Story of Wonder Woman
Suffering Sappho! Wonder Woman was the invention of a polyamorous, BDSM-practicing Harvard-educated psychologist who wanted women to rule the world and saw comics as propaganda to raise girls into strong empowered women? And nobody told me? As a work of scholarship, it does a superb job of putting a literary never mind comic superhero character in her broader historical and social context. In this, Lepore may have been the odd one out. And her interest lay in the many interesting strands of American history which can be traced through the development of Wonder Woman. From the history of opinion polling Maxwell Charles Gaines, founder of DC Comics , was heavily influenced by the rise of opinion polling and conducted regular polls in his comics, while George Gallup of Gallup poll fame in fact served on the editorial board of the True Comics company to shifting notions of justice, Wonder Woman offers a unique vantage point from which to consider some of the competing and evolving ideas that shaped the American political landscape in the early 20th century.
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In the summer of , a press release from the New York offices of All-American Comics turned up at newspapers, magazines and radio stations all over the United States. William Moulton Marston, internationally famous psychologist. Or so, at least, it was made to appear. Wonder Woman is the most popular female comic-book superhero of all time. Aside from Superman and Batman, no other comic-book character has lasted as long. Generations of girls have carried their sandwiches to school in Wonder Woman lunchboxes. Like every other superhero, Wonder Woman has a secret identity.
He was a Harvard graduate, a feminist and a psychologist who invented the lie detector test. He was also a huckster, a polyamorist one and sometimes two other women lived with him and his wife , a serial liar and a bondage super-enthusiast. How into fettering was Marston? Allow Ms. Lepore to count the ways, in a long but fascinating passage that shows off her neatnik prose style. In episode after episode, Wonder Woman is chained, bound, gagged, lassoed, tied, fettered and manacled. Her eyes and mouth are taped shut.