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The History of Wonder Woman: When Major Marston first pitched his idea for a superheroine who was both beautiful and strong, he was met with some skepticism. With the opportunity to create their own character, most writers and artists weren't interested in taking on such a project. Luckily, Mr. Dyke proved more receptive.

After many revisions, they ultimately settled on Wonder Woman as the name for their heroine—a title that had previously belonged to a popular strip featuring an orphan girl who traveled the world with her chimpanzee companion, Cheeta.

Marston loved the fact that his heroine would be an Amazon, and he was equally excited by her bracelets, which were based on the shackles worn by women who had been chained in Greek slave markets.

Marston also drew inspiration from the world around him. One of his early sketches of Wonder Woman appears to show her with a set of breasts, even though Mr. Marston's original intention had been for her to have no visible breasts at all. Later, Mr. Marston claimed that in order to complete the costume, he consulted a book on body language and hand gestures during pregnancy—a circumstance that has led some comic historians to believe he molded his creation after his own wife, Elizabeth Holloway Marston.

Elizabeth Holloway was a disciple of Sigmund Freud, and like so many women of this time, she hadn't realized how much power she held over men. She also had no idea that the men in her life were slaves to their own unspoken desires. When she first met William Moulton Marston, it was love at first sight—or lust at first sight, as the case may be. As soon as he explained his ideas for Wonder Woman, she took to them right away. She loved that he intended to turn the tables on traditional gender roles by creating a heroine who was both beautiful and kind—but who could still kick butt in a fight. Most of all, Elizabeth Holloway appreciated the fact that Marston had portrayed his heroine as a feminist who could fight for justice without relying on a man to look out for her.

When she first read the story about how William Moulton Marston had developed Wonder Woman, Elizabeth Holloway was so excited that she insisted they begin work on the project right away. She was finally able to join forces with her husband on something that she truly believed in. For a while, Marston tried his best to keep his superheroine from being tied down to any one political agenda—but over time, as his wife continued to offer him advice and guidance, their own views began to shine through.

As both a woman and an ardent feminist, Elizabeth Holloway believed in the idea of equality between men and women. She also believed that women had just as much power over men as men did over women. But even more than that, she thought that these were not only interesting ideas—but ideas that would sell. It was she who encouraged her husband to include an origin story for Wonder Woman in every issue. She also suggested that he include a lesson in each adventure, so the reader could walk away feeling a little better about themselves than they had before they opened up that page.

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