Our Gods Wear Spandex


©2012 Joseph Michael Linsner
 

Our Gods Wear Spandex:
The Cult of the Superhero
Excerpted from the book by Christopher Knowles
Illustrations by Joseph Michael Linsner


Dawn of the Gods

Every culture has had its superheroes. In early times, when strength and courage meant the difference between life and death, the strongest and bravest were held in the highest esteem. It’s only natural, therefore, that they would encourage the telling of stories to extol their prowess and record their exploits. The most exciting and creative of these stories were passed down from generation to generation, and carried to other cultures through migration. With each retelling, these stories became more fantastical. From these original tales of superheroes came the first stories of the gods.

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William Moulton Marston

William Moulton Marston
Kinky Daddy of Wonder Woman
by Kohinoor Setora

The next one hundred years will see the beginning of an American matriarchy — a nation of Amazons in the psychological rather than physical sense. Women have twice the emotional development, the ability for love than man has… as they develop as much ability for worldly success as they already have for love, they will clearly come to rule business and the nation. — William Moulton Marston1

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