The Creator of Wonder Woman Has Ties to Bethel and a Shocking Past
The iconic Wonder Woman had a museum dedicated to her in Bethel Connecticut. The connection to the Superhero ran deep in the owners home. But his dad, Wonder Woman's creator had a shocking twist to his life.
Wonder Woman has been a staple in the comic book world since her story hit paper in 1941. The DC Comics superhero's original creator was William Moulton Marston. The connection to Connecticut is that Marston's son, Moulton Marston, lived in Bethel.
Moulton Marston, known as Pete, took his massive collection of Wonder Woman memorabilia, and turned his home into a museum.
The Danbury News Times reports that Pete Marston has passed away at the age of 87. The story is one of a son's devotion and a father's creation. People love the iconic and powerful figure that Wonder Woman grew to represent, and they came from all around the world to enjoy Marston's collection. One of his daughters, Carolyn Marston told the News Times:
He really enjoyed meeting people and talking to them, he enjoyed sharing the story of it with others...
My grandmother, his mother, was the model for the character. I really think that had a lot to do with his attraction [to Wonder Woman]—who it represented to him.
I found a very interesting and equally shocking story about Pete Marston's dad, Wonder Woman creator, William Moulton Marston, who was born in 1893 and died in 1947.
According to an article in npr.org the elder Marston spent most of his life in a polyamorous marriage, they all lived together in Rye, New York. He fathered children with both women. Seems he was also inspired by some erotica when unmasking his vision of how Wonder Woman should look. Add to all of that, he also invented the lie detector.
Fascinated and intrigued? I know I am. For more, check out a book delving into the life of William Moulton Marston titled The Secret History of Wonder Woman by Jill Lepore, and available through Amazon.
For a look into his kink side, a great read is Wonder Woman: Bondage and Feminism in the Marston/Peter Comics by Noah Berlatsky, also available at Amazon.com
Proof that there's often more to someone than meets the eye!