One thing about Wonder Woman creator and writer William Moulton Marston; the man was a freak. A well-educated Ph.D., Marston was the inventor of an early version of the lie detector and pushed many crackpot theories over the course of his life. This book is the story of his education, non-traditional family life and the creation of Wonder Woman.
Writer Jill Lepore is a History professor at Harvard and a staff writer for the New York Times. Despite that, her research seems true and well reasoned. Kidding! Lepore was given unprecedented access to Marston’s files and letters, and what emerges is a rounded portrait of the man, his life and his greatest creation.
|William Moulton Marston|
|Wonder Woman in Chains|
Marston died in 1947, not dreaming of the longevity of his creation. Since that time, Wonder Woman has indeed been the most successful and licensed super heroine in history; taking her place in the DC Comics “trinity” of Superman, Batman and Wonder Woman. The Secret History of Wonder Woman is extremely well researched and written, and brings out many more details of Marston, his wives and children, and the early adventures of Wonder Woman. Their story is full of history, especially of the early feminist movement, and is interesting to all audiences, not just comic book fans.
Rating: ***** out of 5 stars