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Warner Bros continues developing DC's "WONDER WOMAN" for the big screen, with the possibility of George "Mad Max" Miller directing.

Wonder Woman was created by Harvard-trained psychologist Dr. William Moulton Marston, who wrote the stories under the pseudonym Charles Moulton. In his first of several popular psychology books "Emotions of Normal People" (1928), Marston discussed emotional states in terms of "elementary behaviour units", regarding activities of dominance, compliance, submission and inducement.

Among Marston's theories was that civilization would become a 'matriarchy', and in many writings espoused the view that women could and would use sexual enslavement to achieve dominance over men. His ideas landed him the post of consulting psychologist for the women's magazine Family Circle. In an interview published in the October 25, 1940 issue, Marston discussed the burgeoning comic book industry. His positive comments were well received by publisher M. C. Gaines of "All American Comics", sister company of DC Comics. This led to Marston's appointment to the Editorial Advisory Board of both lines.

Marston submitted his first script "Suprema, the Wonder Woman" to editor Sheldon Mayer in February 1941 under the pseudonym 'Charles Moulton'. The Suprema name was quickly dropped, and Marston selected artist Harry Peter (!) to draw the strip. "Wonder Woman" made her first appearance in "All Star Comics 8" (December 1941-January 1942), an origin story with a combination of illustrations/text. She immediately took the lead story and cover spot in "Sensation Comics 1" (January 1942), with "Wonder Woman 1" also appearing that year. The character continued to appear in all three comic books, as well as appearing with "Green Lantern" and "The Flash" as a regular in "Comic Cavalcade (Winter 1942-43.)

Marston frequently returned to 'dominance' themes in Wonder Woman, many stories featuring the Amazon Princess in bondage. It was also during this time, that Marston's research assistant, Olive "Dotsie" Richard moved in with Marston and his wife Elizabeth Holloway Marston. Marston fathered two children by each woman, with Olive bearing a physical resemblance to 'Diana Prince', right down to the heavy silver Indian bracelets worn on each of her wrists.

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