Through Octavia’s training, Marston clarified some of the symbolism of Bullets and Bracelets. Like all sports, the sport was as much a mental exercise as it was a physical one.
Centuries after the Amazons landed on Paradise Island, Diana was born. On her fifteenth birthday, she pledged herself to Aphrodite’s service and received her Bracelets…
Fun Fact: The Magic Lasso was not part of Wonder Woman’s original design. Marston added it as a story element to solve a problem—excessive force.
n 1944, he hired 19-year-old Gibbs College graduate Joye Hummel as his assistant. She had been an excellent student, and Marston believed that she would understand his psychological theories while also helping him keep up with modern slang.
The Amazons were not the first women created by the gods. That distinction belongs to Pandora, the first woman, the “Eve” of Greek mythology.
Like all the Amazons, Queen Hippolyte enjoyed a bountiful life brimming with every happiness—save one. After centuries of personal development and self-actualization, and ruling over…
Bullets and Bracelets is, of course, one of Wonder Woman’s signature moves, combining her indestructible-yet-stylish jewelry and superhuman reflexes to defend against various phallic projectiles.
Margaret Sanger proposed that “woman free from sexual domination would produce a race spiritually free and strong enough to break the last of the bonds of intellectual darkness.” The Amazons of Paradise Island epitomize this idea.
Hercules’ violation of Hippolyte’s trust created in her a feeling of terrible foolishness and deep shame, which destroyed her faith in her own instincts. Only after she re-connected with Aphrodite, the embodiment of Divine Love, and thus her self-respect, could Hippolyte reclaim sovereignty over her life and her family, and rediscover the strength to break her chains and lead her sisters to freedom.
As it turns out, secret identities were more than merely comic book fictions in the Marston household. Olive Richard was a pseudonym taken by Olive Byrne, who was had not only been his research assistant, but was also the mother of two of his children.