Our Gods Wear Spandex: The Secret History of Comic Book by Chris Knowles, Joseph Michael Linsner

By Chris Knowles, Joseph Michael Linsner

Was once Superman's arch nemesis Lex Luthor in line with Aleister Crowley? Can Captain surprise be associated with the solar gods on antiquity? In Our Gods put on Spandex, Christopher Knowles solutions those questions and brings to mild many different exciting hyperlinks among superheroes and the enchanted global of estoerica.

Occult scholars and comic-book lovers alike will detect numerous attention-grabbing connections, from little recognized proof comparable to that DC Comics editor Julius Schwartz began his profession as H.P. Lovecraft's agent, to the tantalizingly broad effect of Madame Blavatsky's Theosophy at the start of comics, to the mystic roots of Superman. The publication additionally strains the increase of the comedian superheroes and the way they relate to a number of cultural traits within the overdue nineteenth century, in particular the occult explosion in Western Europe and the US.

Knowles finds the 4 uncomplicated superhero archetypes—the Messiah, the Golem, the Amazon, and the Brotherhood—and indicates how the occult Bohemian underground of the early twentieth century supplied the muse for the fashionable comedian e-book hero. With the recognition of occult comics writers like Invisibles writer supply Morrison and V for Vendetta author Alan Moore, the titanic ComiCon viewers is poised for somebody to significantly introduce them to the esoteric mysteries.

Chris Knowles is doing simply that during this epic ebook. Chapters comprise: old of Days, Ascended Masters, God and Gangsters, Mad Scientists and sleek Sorcerers, and lots of extra. From the ghettos of Prague to the halls of Valhalla to the fort of Solitude and the aisles of BEA and ComiCon, this is often the 1st booklet to teach the inextricable hyperlink among superheroes and the enchanted global of esoterica.

• Chris Knowles is affiliate editor and columnist for the five-time Eisner Award-winning comedian e-book Artist journal, in addition to a popular culture author for united kingdom journal vintage Rock.
• Knowles labored with Robert Smigel at the X Presidents photograph novel, according to the preferred Saturday evening stay caricature, and has created designs and art for plenty of of the world's most sensible superheroes and fable characters.
• gains the artwork of Joe Linsner, writer of the mythical sunrise sequence, and extra lately a collaborator with comics maestro Stan Lee.

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