San Francisco: Weiser Books, 2007. Paperback, xv+233 pages. New.
Subtitled The Secret History of Comic Book Heroes, Christopher Knowles’ Our Gods wear Spandex is nothing less than a secret history of the occult influences on superheroes and comic books. Bringing together key figures and movements in occult history with milestone developments in the history of comic books and early superheroes, Knowles shows how occult themes and ideas have been drawn upon in the creation of some of the most well-known comic heroes, from Superman to the X-Men; Wonder Woman and Electra. Amusingly illustrated by Joseph Michael Linsner, Our Gods wear Spandex is a must for anyone who enjoys comics and graphic novels, or anyone with an interest in contemporary occulture in all its forms.