Sunday, July 28, 2013

Marvelmania: Black Light Blockbusters

Black light poster

A black light poster is a poster printed with inks which fluoresce under black light. The inks used contain phosphors which cause them to glow when exposed to the ultraviolet light emitted from black lights.

In the United States, blacklight posters emerged as part of the psychedelic fashion scene between 1967 and 1969. Since then, the art form has gone out of fashion and is generally viewed as a relic of the 1970s.

The Third Eye, Inc.

The third eye (also known as the inner eye) is a mystical and esoteric concept referring in part to the ajna (brow) chakra in certain Eastern and Western spiritual traditions. It is also spoken of as the gate that leads within to inner realms and spaces of higher consciousness. 

In New Age spirituality, the third eye may alternately symbolize a state of enlightenment or the evocation of mental images having deeply personal spiritual or psychological significance. The third eye is often associated with visions, clairvoyance (which includes the ability to observe chakras and auras), precognition, and out-of-body experiences. People who have allegedly developed the capacity to utilize their third eyes are sometimes known as seers

This New York City-based publisher put out scores of intriguing black light posters. (No affiliation with the Redondo Beach surf music club of the same name.) 

They were primarily of the psychedelic, head shop genre of the late 1960s. Poster themes varied from the mystical to political to religion to colorful geometric designs and op-art. Included are works by noted black light artists Orlando Macbeth and Roberta Bell. 

In the early 1970s, Third Eye produced black light Marvel comic book hero merchandise -- posters, jig-saw puzzles, greeting cards, etc. 


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