Monday, October 20, 2008

Best use of a God in a Comic Book

Instead of breaking it up into different mythologies, this time I included them all to see where the cards fell. How I do these is kind of hard to explain, but the covers chosen are random, and from the randomness we get a pattern.

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Here we have longtime Conan foe Thoth-Amon. The name is taken form Egyptian deities Thoth and Amon. Thoth was the voice of the main god Ra, and is credited with giving Isis the spell needed to resurrect Osiris. Amon, or Amun, was the god of fertility, often depicted as having ram horns, as shown in this guise. It is interesting that Conan started as a pulp story, long before comics were popular. Thoth Amon first appeared in the short story, "the Phoenix and the Sword", published in 1932. The title of this issue is "King Conan", so I guess this means Schwarzenegger will be president someday.

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Here, Hercules backs up the Hulk in a world war, the Angel, and ... hell I don't know, Ninja Chick and Wing Footed Girl are also in tow. Hercules is the most used god in comics, and he has also been portrayed by the current Governor of California i the film "Hercules in New York."

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Atlas is here hanging out with Hercules. Actually, he is helping Hercules with the eleventh of the twelve labors. Hercules was supposed to take some golden apples that was protected by a 100 headed dragon. Hercules tricked the dimwitted Atlas into getting the apples for him, in return Herc held up the world while Atlas performed this task. Atlas was going to leave Hercules holding the bag, but Herc was able to trick him again. Currently, you can see Atlas holding up the world in front of Rockefeller Center in New York.

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Here, Cupid's arrow is aiming at the center of a well, signaling the coming of the Age of Aquarius, which will be ruled by love and harmony or something like that. I'm not good at astrology.

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Zeus is the king of the god's. Here he is hurling thunderbolts at Diana because he is pissed off. I'm not sure, but I think she refused to go out with him or something.

1 comment:

wise woman said...

& that was random - amazing pattern formation