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

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

In many ways, twentieth-century the USA was once the land of superheroes and technology fiction. From Superman and Batman to the glorious 4 and the X-Men, those pop-culture juggernauts, with their "powers and skills some distance past these of mortal men," extremely joyful readers and audiences—and at the same time embodied a number of our goals and fears approximately smooth lifestyles and the onrushing future.

But that is simply scratching the outside, says Jeffrey Kripal. In Mutants and Mystics, Kripal bargains a brilliantly insightful account of the way comedian e-book heroes have helped their creators and enthusiasts alike discover and show a wealth of paranormal stories missed 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 ok. Dick’s futuristic head-trips to Alan Moore’s intercourse magic and Whitley Strieber’s communion with visitors—Kripal indicates how creators grew to become to technological know-how fiction to exhibit the truth of the inexplicable and the mystical they skilled of their lives. increased cognizance came upon its language within the metaphors of sci-fi—incredible powers, remarkable mutations, time-loops and great intergalactic intelligences—and the deeper impacts of mythology and faith that those in flip drew from; the wildly artistic paintings that stuck the imaginations of thousands. relocating deftly from chilly conflict technological know-how and Fredric Wertham's anticomics campaign to gnostic revelation and alien abduction, Kripal spins out a hidden historical past of yank tradition, wealthy with legendary topics and shot via with an information that there are different realities a ways past our daily understanding.

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

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