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Happy Birthday, Wonder Woman

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Happy Wonder Woman Day!Yes, October 21 is Wonder Woman Day, in honor of the superheroine created William Moulton Marston, writer, psychologist, and inventor of the prototype of the lie detector.Marston was hired in late 1940 to create his own new superhero by the folks at the company now known as DC Comics.

He’d already invented the polygraph and wanted this new hero to be one who would win not through violence but with love.“Fine,” his wife, Elizabeth, also a psychologist, agreed. “But make her a woman.”He did.Marston, inspired by his wife and their life partner, Olive Byrne, modeled and created Wonder Woman, civilian name Diana Prince, from them.

The superheroine debuted October 21, 1941, in All Star Comics and later became the star of her own title.“Not even girls want to be girls so long as our feminine archetype lacks force, strength, and power,” he once said. “Not wanting to be girls, they don't want to be tender, submissive, peace-loving as good women are.

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