Author(s): Chris Knowles
Was Superman's arch nemesis Lex Luthor based on Aleister Crowley? Can Captain Marvel be linked to the Norse god Thor? 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 the fact that like DC Comics editor Julius Schwartz started his career as H.P. Lovecraft's agent, to the tantalizing influence of Madame Blavatsky's Theosophy on the birth of comics, and the Gnosticism of Superman.The book also traces the rise of the comic superhero 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 distinct superhero archetypes - for example, the Messiah, the Golem and the Amazon -and shows how the occult Bohemian underground of the early 20th century was the breeding ground for the modern comic book.