Friday, March 24, 2006

Losing My Religion and Reviving it in Comics Form

Some Top Super-Heroes and their Religion

Superman Methodist
Spider-Man Protestant
Batman Episcopalian/Catholic (lapsed)
Wonder Woman Greco-Roman Classical Religion
Captain America Protestant
The Hulk Non-Religious
The Thing Jewish
Daredevil Catholic
Wolverine former atheist
Elektra Greek Orthodox

Are Nearly All Major Superheroes Episcopalian?

"The original creators of comics, 60 or 70 years ago, were almost all Jewish and Italian kids from various parts of New York," notes DC Comics Executive Vice President and Publisher Paul Levitz. "And the characters they created were pseudo-whitebread Episcopalian. It was almost de rigueur back then to paint people in this idealized American image." from "At DC Comics, Diversity Is No Laughing Matter"

Which major mainstream superheroes are most consistently portrayed as overtly religious? These are characters who go beyond simply exhibiting positive religious values, charity and heroism, but who openly exhibit religiosity tied to an organized religious affiliation, through prayer, verbally sharing their faith, worship service attendance, and other means.

- Nightcrawler
- Wonder Woman
- Martian Manhunter
- Firebird
- Doctor Mid-Nite
- Dust
- Black Lightning
- Green Arrow
- Captain Canuck
- Wolfsbane
- Mary Marvel
- Atom Smasher
- Triathlon

(Note that these characters represent many different religious faiths and denominations, including: Catholic, Greco-Roman classical religion, American Baptist Church, the Church of Jesus Christ of Latter-day Saints, Buddhist, Jewish and Islam.)

Spider as Protestant. I don't think so.


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