Five Interesting Pieces of Superhero Trivia: #4

4) Wonder Woman was created by the same man who created the lie-detector.

William Moulton Marston was a Harvard educated psychologist who played a large role in the development of the lie-detector.  He was also an early supporter of the comic book medium who carried a lot of clout thanks to his Ivy League background.  In an interview, he praised comicst at a time when every other intellectual spat at them.  Interestingly, it was DC who contacted him, and not the other way around.

There’s more to the story.  Marston had an unconventional relationship with his wife.  His mistress lived in their home and they all were on good speaking terms.  Steve Trevor landing on Themiscyra, an island of strong-willed women, might just have been a flashier version of home life for Marston.

Coincidentally, popular comic writer Gail Simone also got into comics after DC contacted her personally.  She had been writing about DC’s poor treatment of women, and her website got so much attention she was given the chance to fix some of the company’s errors.  One of the comics she’s written in Wonder Woman.

I think this proves comics are more intellectual than people give them credit for.

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