Better Call Paul: The Mystery of the “Winged Beatle”

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“…the accepted myth involves the premature death of a youth who is transformed by death into a god. This is a prevalent theme from Osiris and Achilles to Jesus Christ.”
–R. Gary Patterson, “The Walrus Was Paul”

“I’m not the phony—THEY are!”
–Saul Cartwright, “Batman” #222

We’re going to discuss now one of the key pop-culture conspiracy theories of the 20th Century…the supposed death and replacement of Beatle Paul McCartney. It is the Rosetta Stone for so many other celebrity doppelgänger folktales (up to “Dave Chappelle’s Clone” in the present day).

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2.1.19: You Wouldn’t Put The Necronomicon On Your Resume

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“…you can’t think yourself out of the story you are caught in with the rules and elements of the very story in which you are caught. You can’t free yourself with the tools that the master provides you. You need a new story and new cognitive tools. You need an intervention from the outside (even if this outside turns out to be a deep inside).”
—Jeffrey J. Kripal, “Mutants And Mystics”

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Civil War: How “Batman v Superman: Dawn Of Justice” Predicted Our Current Era

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“Ah. ‘Cause that’s what God is. Horus. Apollo. Jehovah. Kal-El. Clark Joseph Kent. See, what we call God depends upon our tribe, Clark Jo, because God is tribal. God takes sides. No man in the sky intervened when I was a boy to deliver me from Daddy’s fist and abominations. Mm-mm. I’ve figured it out way back, if God is all powerful, He cannot be all good. And if He’s all good then He cannot be all powerful. And neither can you be. They need to see the fraud you are. With their eyes. The blood on your hands.”
–Lex Luthor, “Batman v Superman: Dawn Of Justice”

There are some movies that try to hide their metatheories deep within a standard sci-fi/superhero plot to the point where most people would never pick up on them.

And then there is the 2016 movie Batman v Superman: Dawn Of Justice.

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Robins, Jokers And Horus-Set: The Mythology Continues

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In my post “The Holy Trinity: Osiris, Isis, And Horus In Popular-Culture” I wrote of a persistent basic archetypal trio or “trinity” that has operated in pop-culture (especially comic books): Isis (the Mother), Osiris (the Father) and Horus (the Son). It didn’t matter if these characters were actually related to each other, or what their specific relationships with each other were. If there was a Woman (say, Supergirl) a Man (Superman) and a Child (Superboy): that was a Trinity!

For the very popular Batman franchise, this was a natural fit: Batgirl or Catwoman was the Isis-figure, Batman was Osiris, and Robin (dressed in his bird costume) made a fitting hawk-Horus.

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The Holy Trinity: Osiris, Isis, And Horus In Popular-Culture

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Do you ever notice how you see the same basic tropes over and over again in TV programs, movies, video games, comic books, and whatnot?

Do you ever notice that you see the same basic tropes over and over again in mythology, folktales, religion, and whatnot?

Now, why is that? Are these writers and mythmakers and so on just really lazy? Is this some sort of conspiracy to promulgate one type of view through the bowels of our pop-culture?

I would suggest that many of these most basic tropes are passed down through the centuries and millennia because they are deeply primal and embedded in the collective human psyche.

And to explore this concept, I’ve decided to take a spotlight that most ubiquitous of comic book tropes, the Man/Woman/Boy Superhero Triad.

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12.13.18: The Comic Book That Predicted The Future

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Doctor: “Damage has taken place to the normally dominant left hemisphere—and the right hemisphere is attempting to compensate.”

Robert Arctor: “You mean the two hemispheres of my brain…are competing?”
—”A Scanner Darkly”

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The notion that Donald Trump might have possibly believed Bruce Wayne is a real person is no surprise to me.

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