©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.