Jack Kirby was an American comic book artist who is widely regarded as one of the most influential creators in the medium. He created (or co-created) many of the super-heroes who are experiencing success on the big screen today such as Captain America, The Incredible Hulk, Thor, The Fantastic Four, The X-Men and so many more. In his biography of Jack Kirby in his book Kirby: King of Comics, Mark Evanier writes, “Jack Kirby didn’t invent the comic book. It just seems that way…He was, in fact, a storyteller and innovator, first and foremost. A modern-day Aesop, creating myths and fables for the generations to come. After over fifty years in the field, he never ceased creating, nor did he show any signs of running out of ideas.”
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In the early 1970s, Allan and Roberta Ehrlich co-founded The Third Eye and produced an assortment of blacklight products. Among them were blacklight posters featuring Marvel super-heroes. Today we are taking a look at three of them specifically featuring the art of Jack Kirby
Created in 1962 by the artist Steve Ditko, Spider-Man made his first appearance in Amazing Fantasy #15. Since then, this superhero has gone on to great popularity spawning cartoons, movies (how many reboots are we at now?) and countless comics and toys. Does Spider-Man’s longevity stem from the fact that his iconic wraparound eyes on his mask are based on a prevalent image of an alien?
Last night I had a dream about a walking giant made entirely of mud. It was crudely formed, kind of a cross between Clayface from Batman and the Thing from The Fantastic Four. It shambled around here and there, with blank eye sockets and a cavernous mouth. Strangely enough no sound came from it. Then the dream shifted to a flat plateau in which I was looking up at the Tree of Life (from the Kabbalah) rising up from the earth into the cosmos. Each sephiroth shone brightly in between the branches. Then I saw an image of Jack Kirby as if he were travelling around like Doctor Strange in astral form. He said the word “golem” and then vanished.
I woke up with that word emblazoned on my mind. A golem, according to Jewish folklore, is an animated anthropomorphic being created by magic. The word “golem” in Hebrew means “shapeless mass.” Some legends say that a golem is made out of clay, formed into a shape of a human, and then brought to life by a magic alphabet and the secret name of God. Adam from the Bible stories is called a golem for the first twelve hours of his existence because golem can also translate to “body without a soul.”
My favorite comic book series of all time is Promethea (sorry, X-Men). I know that is quite a bold statement to make. However, this delightful story written by Alan Moore and drawn by JH Williams III is not only an engaging story about a college student who discovers she can transform into a goddess from her imagination, it is also a magickal treatise which can teach one about the Kabbalah
In his amazing book Mutants & Mystics: Science Fiction, Superhero Comics, and the Paranormal, Jeffrey J. Kripal summarizes Promethea thusly:
…the series advances through the adventures of college student Sophie Bangs, a young feminist who discovers through a college writing assignment that she has slipped through into the Immateria (a kind of astral plane of the Imagination that is self-existent and accesible to every individual) and become the subject of her term paper, the ancient warrior-wisdom goddess Promethea. The message is clear enough: be careful what you write about. Or as Barbara, the previous human vessel of Promethea, tells Sophie in the first issue: “Listen kid, you take my advice. You don’t wanna go looking for folklore. And you especially don’t want folklore to come looking for you.”
“I don’t have a diary, I don’t write things into a diary. I imprint myself into the sky and when the sunlight shines brightly, I can stand under the sun’s rays and everything I have imprinted of myself into the sky, I will begin to see again, feel again, remember. And when the wind begins to blow, it blows the details over my face, and I remember everything I left in the sky and see new things being born. I am unwritten.”
~C. JoyBell C.
In Tarot readings the presence of The Four of Wands (seen above depicting Rogue on the Four of Clubs from my X-Men Tarot series) symbolizes the feeling one gets after a great challenge. It’s having the optimism to see yourself through the hardship and focusing on gratitude for what you already have. It’s also the exhilarating feeling that freedom brings. Are you tied down to something that no longer brings you excitement? What could you bring to completion? Are you in a rite of passage? Let Heroic Tarot help you bring more stability into your work and creativity!
“Alchemy is the art of manipulating life, and consciousness in matter, to help it evolve, or to solve problems of inner disharmonies.” ~Jean Dubuis
I have been fascinated by both super-heroes and the Tarot since I was thirteen years old. I loved to immerse myself in Spider-Man’s ongoing dilemmas and the soap opera sagas of the X-Men. I also felt a strong connection to the richly detailed figures in the Tarot. Now that I am older, I have more clarity in how these two subjects relate to one another. Let us explore these worlds of wonder together!
“Do not go where the path may lead, go instead where there is no path and leave a trail.” ~Ralph Waldo Emerson
It is my practice to have a sketch book on my person to record my thoughts or draw ideas. I am one of those creatures who believes that when the Muse strikes, you must write it down or you deserve the forgetfulness that follows. This rather peculiar perspective has amounted to a small library of my own journals, bursting with half-formed dreams, unfinished watercolors, notes from books I have read and theories on the Tarot, numerology and astrology. There are also sketches of wildflowers, superheroes and gods. Sometimes I tape in an inspirational postcard or magazine page. A few movie theater stubs are scattered here and there with names scrawled beside them, fellow attendees of that moment in time. From time to time, I do open one of these books and find renewal. Mostly, I use my journals to keep me firmly grounded in the present lest my head explode with all of the incoming information. I like to consecrate each new book with a collage of images that will serve me with fuel until I fill up its contents. A plain unadorned book simply will not do. I have to cultivate the personality of the tome before I can interact with it. So many blank pages can be daunting otherwise.
Recently, I made four sketch books, imbuing them with specific stories and spells, and realized that none of them were for me. I had made them for someone else! I now present them to you and if you feel so inclined as to desire one for your self or a loved one, you may do so in the stormantic Magick Shop! You can also click on the titles of the books to get to their individual sale pages. Otherwise, please enjoy my humble presentation.
This month in Wolverine and the X-Men #24, Storm and Wolverine celebrated their close friendship with a kiss (the cover above was drawn by Ramon Perez and colored by Laura Martin)! What this will lead to is anyone’s guess, but this isn’t the first time these heroes have locked lips. I would not be surprised if these two strong willed individuals kept things to a “friends with benefits” situation. They certainly have a strong chemistry together. This issue also debuted the return of Storm’s mohawk as a symbol of her independence from her recently annulled marriage to Black Panther (see the image below from the same issue as drawn by David Lopez and Alvard Lopez).
Greetings, dear reader! Welcome to my Heroic Tarot process featuring my award-winning X-Men cards!
The X-Men playing card deck is adorned with images of Marvel’s Merry Mutants. I have created a system combining traditional Minor Arcana meaning with my vast knowledge of X-Men comic book stories. The archetypal roles the X-Men represent bring the energy of the missing Major Arcana to the overall calculation. I reveal the superheroic tales relevant to your path. This dual reading is amplified by the elemental nature of whatever suit is pulled in addition to the numerological/feudal court energy contained therein.
I invite you to take a look at all of the cards featured and compare my comic-based interpretations with how they relate to traditional tarot definitions. Here they are in order: