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 United States used to be the land of superheroes and technological know-how fiction. From Superman and Batman to the wonderful 4 and the X-Men, those pop-culture juggernauts, with their "powers and skills a ways past these of mortal men," overjoyed readers and audiences—and at the same time embodied a bunch of our desires and fears approximately smooth lifestyles and the onrushing future.

But that is simply scratching the outside, says Jeffrey Kripal. In Mutants and Mystics, Kripal deals a brilliantly insightful account of ways comedian publication heroes have helped their creators and enthusiasts alike discover and show a wealth of paranormal reports overlooked via 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 technology fiction to express the truth of the inexplicable and the mystical they skilled of their lives. multiplied recognition came upon its language within the metaphors of sci-fi—incredible powers, extraordinary mutations, time-loops and monstrous 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 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 yankee tradition, wealthy with legendary issues and shot via with an knowledge 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 great own tales, Mutants and Mystics is that rarest of items: a booklet that's absolute to broaden—and even perhaps blow—your mind.

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