Tuesday, August 08, 2006

A Bonus “Tuesday” Question of the Week from Bruce Reyes-Chow

Mark Millar is the author of a new Superman graphic novel called "Superman - Red Son" and during an interview he makes an interesting link between Superman and Jesus.

“Every culture creates its own Christ figure. The Egyptians had one, the Celts had one, the Christians obviously had a fairly successful one and the Americans created their own Christ in the middle of the century where most people stopped believed in the original. Nature abhors a vacuum and these archetypes just find themselves being recreated to suit the needs of a particular culture.”
Is Superman the new American messiah? Are there even any messianic lessons that can be learned from the Superman?

Here is what scholar, the media, and bloggers are saying:
Superman as Christ-Figure: The American Pop Culture Movie Messiah
The Kryptonian Gospel
Superman's Second Coming
Popular Comic Book Heroes Faith-by-Faith
Superman on Wikipedia.
The Religious Affiliation of Comic Book Character
A Few Thoughts on Superman Returns
Superman: Gay Icon? Christ Figure?
Superman, Jesus Christ and Jim Caviezel

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