Saturday, May 28, 2011

Comic Book Musings: The Serpent Crown

The Serpent Crown is a recurring object of mystical power that pops up every now and then in the Marvel Universe.

Not that this has a whole lot to do with the Church, but it did trigger some thoughts after re-reading Steve Englehart's classic Avengers storyline that had the Crown as its main subject. It was written back in the 70s, which proves one of a few things. Either conspiracy theory never changes, the world has always been this screwed up, or Englehart is a prophet.

The crux of the story is that the Serpent Crown, in a sort of One Ring-ish fashion, takes over people's minds and turns them bad. This inevitably seems to always happen powerful corporate executives that then go about forming a network of other corporations for the purpose of taking over the world. In Englehart's particular arc, it's an alternate universe's Nelson Rockefeller who becomes President of the United States.

Anyways, if you substitute the Federal Reserve for Roxxon Oil, you've pretty much got the whole basis for modern conspiracy theory. I'm not looking to get on any one side of this fence. Just rambling a bit and reflecting on one of our prior posts concerning the possible existence of such conspiracies.

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