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?
Tag: Jeffrey Kripal
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.”