Obtained law degree, 1918. Ph.D. in Psychology, Harvard, 1921. Taught at American University in Washington, DC. He went to Universal Studios in 1929, where he was briefly Director of Public Services.
Then he became a sort of free-lance essayist on popular psychology subjects. In the decade of the 1930's, he came up with two "great ideas", one theoretical and one practical. His best known theory of the period was that there is a male notion of freedom that is inherently anarchic and violent (men tend to achieve their influence through implied threats and violence), and an opposing female notion based on what he called "love allure" in which people will follow or submit to leaders based upon their ability to project a sense of "loving authority".
His practical achievement during this time was the invention of the systolic blood-pressure test, which later led to the development of the polygraph.
In 1940, Marston offered his services to Detective Comics, becoming their chief educational consultant. Max Gaines, then head of DC, encouraged Marston to create a female comic hero, which he did under the pseudonym, "Charles Moulton". After the introduction of Wonder Woman in 1941, who might be said to embody Marston's chief "real-life" philosophical and practical contributions to society, Marston threw his creative energies almost wholly into Wonder Woman. From the years of 1941 to 1947, Wonder Woman, despite appearing regularly in three separate titles, had no other writer but him.
Date of Birth:
9 May 1893
Cliftondale, MA USA
Date of death:
2 May 1947 (Rye, NY)Website: http://www.wonderwoman-online.com/marston.html Favorite Creators:
Dr. William Moulton Marston is a favorite creator of 4 usersAwards:
- 2005 Will Eisner Comic Industry Awards - Nominee - Hall of Fame
- 2006 Will Eisner Comic Industry Awards - Winner - Hall of Fame: (Judges' choice)
Creator of Wonder Woman. Also creator of the systolic blood-pressure test, which led to the creation of the polygraph, his very own real-life "Golden Lasso".
In the 1943 issue of The American Scholar
, Marston said, "Not even girls want to be girls so long as our feminine archetype lacks force, strength, and power, Not wanting to be girls, they don't want to be tender, submissive, peace-loving as good women are. Women's strong qualities have become despised because of their weakness. The obvious remedy is to create a feminine character with all the strength of Superman plus all the allure of a good and beautiful woman."