Monday, September 21, 2015

Hey Kids! Weaponized Black Magic! All in Color!

Give Webster Tarpley the credit for calling out the agenda long before anyone else. He saw that the the Obama Administration-- the Phoenix-like resurrection of the old Rockefeller Republicans trading under the Democrat label-- had set their sights on war with Russia and China while everyone else was still speculating about Iran. 

Tarpley knew that the Obamafellers would cut a deal with Iran and go after Russia, which they are certainly doing now, using their Saudi friends to crash the oil market (which has the added benefit of crashing the economies of the Rockefellers' old enemies in the American West).

The Great Game is played no matter who is in power.  Presidents don't matter, parties don't matter, Congresses don't matter. I'm not even sure if Obama even sits in on these strategy meetings anymore. As with Reagan and W and maybe even Bubba, he seems surplus to requirements. American cities burn and Obama plays golf on Martha's Vineyard.

So welcome to Cold War II. 

I was thinking about the Cold War and the Rockefellers when I was reading a great old comic- a very strange and powerful artifact of a time when DC Comics was willing to try anything to regain the ground it lost after giving the reins to artist/editor Carmine Infantino in the late 60s. 

Simultaneously imperious and incompetent, Infantino rewarded his old friends with plumb gigs but crushed anyone who questioned his authority. Even the creators of Superman were not immune from Infantino's thirst for vengeance. 

When a group of veteran creators tried to organize to get benefits such as health insurance in the late 60s, Infantino had them all blacklisted. Some would find work at Marvel but many found themselves out of work.

After Infantino embarrassed the company with his handling of the Superman creator controversy, he was replaced by magazine industry vet Jeanette Kahn. Infantino's nemesis Dick Giordano later came in as editor in chief and the Kahn-Giordano regime set about rebuilding the shattered DC brand by repairing relations with talent. This strategy would lead to some of the best known properties in comics history such as Frank Miller's Batman: Year One and Dark Knight series and Alan Moore's Swamp Thing and Watchmen series.

As is so often the case, timing was everything. With the controversial Jim Shooter taking control at Marvel at the very same time Kahn and Giordano were looking to bolster their tired staff of aging journeymen, the new DC team found themselves with a mass exodus of top tier creators looking for new deals. One of these was Marv Wolfman.

Wolfman wrote pretty much everything for Marvel but is perhaps best remembered as the writer of Tomb of Dracula, a long-running series that took its cues from the Hammer films and expanded greatly on the themes of evil and Satanism, thanks to a loosening of the Comics Code. Wolfman and artist Gene Colan created the vampire killer Blade in Tomb, a character who spawn a series of films and a short-lived TV series.

When Wolfman moved to DC he revived the old Teen Titans concept with artist George Perez, giving the new DC its first bonafide hit. With that clout he then created a comic meant to appeal to an older readership called Night Force, which previewed in New Teen Titans #21.

Oddly enough the original inspiration for Night Force came from an unsold idea for a newspaper strip called The Unexplained, which was one of the endless parade of X-Files predecessors that drift like tulpas out there in the ether. 

The Unexplained was created with top artists Ross Andru and Mike Esposito, but fell victim to a newspaper strike before it could launch. Apparently, there was a great deal of interest in the property. How strange the flow of events can be.

Wolfman was tapping into strange currents with Night Force. Tomb of Dracula was famously praised by a member of the Church of Satan for presenting the satanic point of view so fairly (there was a character clearly modeled on Anton LaVey, and Dracula became head of a satanic cult in Tomb) and that seemed to make an impression on Wolfman. The only recurring character in Night Force was Baron Winter, who also seemed to be based on Anton LaVey, but seemed to portray a more ambiguous morality in place of satanic evil.

But the interesting thing is- and here's where we get back to the Rockefellers-- is that the first story arc in Night Force dealt with a Cold War battle between the US and the Soviets over one Vanessa Van Helsing (of that famous family, yes), who was herself an unwilling conduit for satanic evil. In Night Force, both the US and Russian militaries saw evil as a kind of electromagnetic force that could be harnessed and then weaponized. 

Wolfman seemed to be reading a lot of the more outre conspiracy material of the time, which was full of this stuff. But as regular readers are well aware, there was some basis in truth to all of this- Satanists on government payrolls, psychical research as a potential weapons technology. Anton LaVey was a paid informant for the SFPD, his old lieutenant Michael Aquino was running mind control experiments for the US Army and God (or Satan) knows what else.

And most tantalizingly of all, there's that story that keeps popping up again and again and again; of a time when government psychics were being used to contact "demonic forces" and experienced some terrible kind of blowback that left a lot of people dead. It's a story that keeps popping up in the most unlikely places. 

Night Force was roughly contemporaneous with Wavelength, the earliest example I can find of the theme. Which makes me think such an event may well have happened not long before.

UPDATE: Oh my my, isn't this a timely conversation? You'll find out why in the first 5 minutes...



  1. Incredible and fascinating. Knowles is a warrior.

  2. All I can say to that is that it takes one to know one. Check out Raj's new video for proof of this.

  3. Outstanding. I never read Night Force, but I will correct this very soon.
    That I know of, there is an earlier example of the weaponization of black magic in comics - the 1974 story "Demon in the Cockpit" by Margopoulos and Corben, which can be read here.

  4. It was a shortlived series but all killer, no filler. DC did a reprint of it but the colors were eye-stabbing so go track down the originals. What an amazing time for comics that was- I was just thinking of how that came out at the same time as Nexus, American Flagg, Love and Rockets, Swamp Thing, Byrne's FF, Miller's Daredevil, Destroyer Duck and on and on and on. Night Force was by far the heaviest of them, kind of like Black Metal comix. Not like thrash, but just super heavy and dark.

    1. And Heavy Metal Magazine was publishing the Incal stories by Jodorowski and Moebius, among other things. Great times indeed.

    2. There were a few years that The Incal was my favorite comic ever....

    3. Incal and the Aedena series are amazing. Aedena in particular forsees transhumanism, a blog on those would be cool

  5. One thing I'm considering doing is having the series bound. Check this site out.

  6. Comics needs to be re-named. Not much hilarity with such heavy tomes. 87( Raj your site is downe with noir of a dark nature)

  7. Some really interesting discoveries thanks.

    1. Definitely recommend the first NF arc if you can find it. It's floating around there online. It's like a really really good 70s horror movie, like The Fury or Scanners.

  8. This is boss stuff. I don't remember seeing Night Force on the shelf, but I'll definitely check it out.

    As for weaponizing black magic, I recommend one and all to peruse the old Weird War Tales. I seem to recall a few gems in there that might fit the bill, though mostly of the individual deal kind, not these organized efforts. Of course, we were _fighting_ Nazis then, not letting them run our Intelligence and Space programs - themselves rife with occult connections, weren't we?

    > "And most tantalizingly of all, there's that story that keeps popping up again and again and again; of a time when government psychics were being used to contact "demonic forces" and experienced some terrible kind of blowback that left a lot of people dead. It's a story that keeps popping up in the most unlikely places."

    I'd totally spaced on this topic. Is there a link to a page with something more on this? Love to read it. Well, maybe "love" is the wrong word.

    1. Is this story a variant on the 80s rumours of dozens of soldiers being killed in an incident of some sort, usually at Dulce base? While those stories are easy to write off as disinformation (See: Project Beta etc.) there did seem to be a religious undercurrent in most of them - tales of humans as soul containers, ET's creating religious figures and similar. I have no idea whether the spooky details were thrown in merely to make the actual UFO cases sound idiotic or if they were a result of the groups studying UFOs being obsessed with occult topics. Chris, Nick Redfern and to a degree Jacques Vallee make a good case for the latter and its implications are extremely disturbing.

    2. This was something else, not related to Dulce as far as I know. And it pops up in very strange places under wildly different guises which leads me to think there's something more to the story.

  9. Well, all I can say is it's been a thruline around these parts, M. Check out the link there and that will get you started nice and proper like. The story hit the conspirasphere openly back in the 90s but seems to have been ciriculating a lot longer. Nick Redfern talks a lot about it in his material on the Collins Elite.