“Daddy and the Pie,” an alien encounter story from 1975 written by the late Bill DuBay (himself a student of the Kabbalah) and drawn by the late Alex Toth (himself an art god) […] is sublime in so many ways but is remarkable in that it serves as a classic initiation narrative and leaves off at a point before the narrator reaches his ascension to occult mastery, which is obliquely- and ominously- referred to in the final paragraph.
The story in question deals with an alien encounter, which has been given a distinctly occult edge to it. It is to be found, reprinted in full, at The Secret Sun.
Alan Moore (Watchmen, Promethea and V for Vendetta), Pat Mills (Judge Dredd, Slaine, ABC Warriors) and Grant Morrison (The Invisibles, Superman, Batman) are three of the main notable comic book writers who have revealed in interviews that they use magick as part of their lives. There has long been an interesting association between the two disciplines. I’ve often wondered why it is that ‘sequential art’ and magick make for such good bedfellows and would welcome your thoughts in the comments section.
Meanwhile fans of Alan Moore await his next release, The Moon and Serpent Bumper Book of Magic, which Top Shelf productions describes as:
a clear and practical grimoire of the occult sciences that offers endless necromantic fun for all the family.
The book is likely to be a breath of fresh air to the UK’s occult scene. It is co-authored by another influencial comic book writer, Steve Moore. Despite sharing the same last name the two are not related. Steve cut his teeth at the influencial British comic 2000AD while pioneering their short story format with Tharg’s Future Shocks. Alan’s interest in the occult is often attributed in interviews to the influence of his friend Steve.
*Magick with a “k” to distinguish it from the more popular stage magic practised by the likes of David Blaine, David Copperfield and Uri Geller.
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