Mutants and Mystics: Science Fiction, Superhero Comics, and the Paranormal

Mutants and Mystics: Science Fiction, Superhero Comics, and the Paranormal

In some ways, twentieth-century the USA used to be the land of superheroes and technological know-how fiction. From Superman and Batman to the glorious 4 and the X-Men, those pop-culture juggernauts, with their "powers and talents a long way past these of mortal men," delighted readers and audiences—and at the same time embodied a bunch of our desires and fears approximately sleek lifestyles and the onrushing future.

But that is simply scratching the skin, says Jeffrey Kripal. In Mutants and Mystics, Kripal deals a brilliantly insightful account of the way comedian ebook heroes have helped their creators and lovers alike discover and show a wealth of paranormal stories overlooked by means of mainstream technological know-how. Delving deeply into the paintings of significant figures within the field—from Jack Kirby’s cosmic superhero sagas and Philip okay. Dick’s futuristic head-trips to Alan Moore’s intercourse magic and Whitley Strieber’s communion with visitors—Kripal indicates how creators became to technological know-how fiction to exhibit the truth of the inexplicable and the magical they skilled of their lives. improved recognition discovered its language within the metaphors of sci-fi—incredible powers, exceptional mutations, time-loops and great intergalactic intelligences—and the deeper affects of mythology and faith that those in flip drew from; the wildly inventive paintings that stuck the imaginations of hundreds of thousands. relocating deftly from chilly struggle technological know-how and Fredric Wertham's anticomics campaign to gnostic revelation and alien abduction, Kripal spins out a hidden background of yank tradition, wealthy with legendary subject matters and shot via with an information that there are different realities some distance past our daily understanding.

A bravura functionality, fantastically illustrated in complete colour all through and brimming over with significant own tales, Mutants and Mystics is that rarest of items: a publication that's bound to broaden—and even perhaps blow—your mind.

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