posted on Dec, 19 2012 @ 10:49 PM
The comic book / sci-fi genre is a very valuable and informative thing. It's a mythos. It has a place in people's lives. It inspires. It draws on the
science-of-the-day, it evolves as culture evolves, and it is divinely inspired. Yes, you heard right. INSPIRED. BY. DIVINITY. Through the paranormal
experiences of many key artists and writers.
Just as, in the past, religion was inpsired by the paranormal experiences of key prophets and mystics.
The superpowers portrayed in comic books are often somewhat accurate exaggerations. Take Charles Xavier for example. His character is an exaggeration
of psi. Psi is real. But it's not quite like X-Men.
The skeletal structure and patterns of the comic book / superhero mythos matches the skeletal structure of religion from a comparative perspective.
The structure is that of the monomyth. It's the same structure that can be found in movies such as Star Wars. The monomyth is the brilliant formulaic
structure that the late great Joseph Campbell gave to Hollywood in
The Hero with A Thousand Faces.
It was George Lucas who
turned Hollywood onto Campbell big time, and ever since people have been noting the esoteric themes and symbolism in Hollywood and chalking it up to
conspiracy. No it's mostly just the monomyth formula.
Lucas had already written two drafts of Star Wars when he rediscovered Joseph Campbell's The Hero With a Thousand Faces in 1975 (having read it
years before in college). This blueprint for "The Hero's Journey" gave Lucas the focus he needed to draw his sprawling imaginary universe into a
There is a kernel of truth behind the comic book and sci-fi genre, and it lies in the paranormal experiences of many of the artists who were at the
right place right time. The superheroes of comic books are the exaggerated mystics of ages past.
Mutants and Mystics: Science Fiction, Superhero Comics, and the
This is a great book and I highly recommend it. Anyone read it?
Does anyone have any comments about any of this?
edit on 19-12-2012 by BlueMule because: (no reason given)