From occult underground to superhero!
Was Superman's arch nemesis Lex Luthor based on Aleister Crowley? Can Captain
Marvel be linked to the Sun gods on antiquity? In Our Gods Wear Spandex,
Christopher Knowles answers these questions and brings to light many other
intriguing links between superheroes and the enchanted world of estoerica.
Occult students and comic-book fans alike will discover countless fascinating
connections, from little known facts such as that DC Comics editor Julius
Schwartz started his career as H.P. Lovecraft's agent, to the tantalizingly
extensive influence of Madame Blavatsky's Theosophy on the birth of comics, to
the mystic roots of Superman. The book also traces the rise of the comic
superheroes and how they relate to several cultural trends in the late 19th
century, specifically the occult explosion in Western Europe and America.
Knowles reveals the four basic superhero archetypes--the Messiah, the Golem, the
Amazon, and the Brotherhood--and shows how the occult Bohemian underground of
the early 20th century provided the inspiration for the modern comic book hero.
With the popularity of occult comics writers like Invisibles creator
Grant Morrison and V for Vendetta creator Alan Moore, the vast ComiCon
audience is poised for someone to seriously introduce them to the esoteric
mysteries. Chris Knowles is doing just that in this epic book. Chapters include:
Ancient of Days, Ascended Masters, God and Gangsters, Mad Scientists and Modern
Sorcerers, and many more. From the ghettos of Prague to the halls of Valhalla to
the Fortress of Solitude and the aisles of BEA and ComiCon, this is the first
book to show the inextricable link between superheroes and the enchanted world
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