Saturday, October 08, 2011

Talkin' Heroes and Horus on Aeon Byte Gnostic Radio

It's been a while since I talked Spandex, but Miguel Conner invited me onto Aeon Byte Gnostic Radio for a talk on superheroes and the esoteric realms. This one's a stormer and I think you'll enjoy it even if you're not a comic or superhero fan. Here's the pitch:
Comic books have fascinated and inspired people of all ages for generations. Yet few know that, like Pulp Fiction, its heroes and themes were heavily influenced by the Occult revival of the 19th century; and that its esoteric undertones continue to this day, especially with the runic touch of such openly magician-artists as Alan Moore, Grant Morrison, Jack Kirby, Neil Gaiman and many more.

To wit, instead of looking at the past to old gods, mythological heroes, and arcane saviors, comic books secretly bring these luminaries and place them in modern times to deal with modern problems. And often timeless problems. We take a journey from the genesis of comic books, its evolution and that of its mystic protagonists, to our age where their heretical message is more influential than ever because of movies and video games.

Could the solution to so many of our spiritual and material problems be right in front of us, dressed in spandex? And we inspect for Gnostic themes in comic books.
Astral Guest-- Chris Knowles, author of Our Gods Wear Spandex: The Secret History of Comic Book Heroes and The Secret History of Rock 'n' Roll.