Spider-Man As An Alien Archetype

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Is there no more iconic pop-culture symbol than the head of Spider-Man? This theoretically arachnid visage, coupled with the Superman “S” logo, has practically defined the superhero genre.

But: what archetype is the Spider-Man head design supposed to evoke? Because surely, it looks nothing like that of an actual spider:

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Saving Pepe

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Two months ago, cartoonist Matt Furie killed his creation Pepe the Frog, citing the imaginary amphibian’s corruption by a nefarious cabal of alt-right Internet users.

But now, thanks to the crowdfunding site Kickstarter, Pepe might return—as, in Furie’s words, “a universal symbol for peace, love, and acceptance.”

And so the “symbol wars” continue, my friends, and let us not pretend that the fate of the universe (or, at least, that of the Republic) depends on merely a handful of comic book and cartoon characters.

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An Alternate History Of Jack Parsons, Part 2: The Beast And The Geek

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When I ordered the hit on you, I was worried that I was killing the golden goose. But, you see, it was just fate that you survived it, leaving one last golden egg to give. You really think that just because you have an idea, it belongs to you? Your father, he helped give us the atomic bomb. Now what kind of world would it be today if he was as selfish as you?
–Obadiah Stane, “Iron Man”

I. THE BEAST AND THE GEEK

The very best scenario—if you are so inclined—is that you are the “New Messiah.” The second best scenario is that you are the exclusive prophet of the New Messiah.

A far more troubling scenario is one in which you are the prophet of the New Messiah, but consider him to be somewhat “beneath” you—you consider him to be a punk, a nerd, a neurotic, a weakling, somebody unworthy of the title.

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Sometimes, The Batman Chooses You

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So it wasn’t all for nothing…
—The Gray Ghost, “Batman: The Animated Series”

There is a trope in some modern Batman comics (such as Darwyn Cooke’s Batman: Ego and the Legends Of The Dark Knight “Shaman” storyline) in which a type of eternal/universal “Batman” archetype/thoughtform exists outside of Batman himself. A “primal” Batman. An “idea” of a Batman. An “ur-Batman.”

It is my belief that these archetypal entities such as “ur-Batman” sort of…”choose” who will represent them. I don’t think they always get “rights of first refusal,” certainly (I mean…just the entire Batman and Robin movie fiasco)…but they do seem to have a “say” where it matters the most; where it is most crucial.

And I believe that this is what happened to actor Adam West, who passed away recently at the ripe old age of 88.

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My Life As A Hypersigil

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The “hypersigil” or “supersigil” develops the sigil concept beyond the static image and incorporates elements such as characterization, drama, and plot. The hypersigil is a sigil extended through the fourth dimension. My own comic book series The Invisibles was a six-year long sigil in the form of an occult adventure story which consumed and recreated my life during the period of its composition and execution. The hypersigil is an immensely powerful and sometimes dangerous method for actually altering reality in accordance with intent. Results can be remarkable and shocking.
–Grant Morrison, “POP MAGIC!”

I used to be a “character,” and I don’t think I’ve ever really explained that to you before.

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Wonder Woman Observations

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Outside of her connections to mythology and her utterly bizarre early comic book stories, I don’t really identify a lot with Wonder Woman. It’s a very alienating feeling, especially now with this movie coming out.

And so I read something like about those “No Guys Allowed” (literally, how they are described by the promoters) Wonder Woman movie screenings—and the consequent controversy—and I feel like I don’t even have the right to comment on it.

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