Islam and Comic Books

I am passing on the following press release: Islam and Comic Books Column “Comics & Dialogue” Launches in February January 28, 2014. BOSTON, MA. Beginning in February, ISLAMiCommentary will feature twice-monthly columns from Boston scholar Dr. A. David Lewis on Islam and the comic book medium. The column series Comics & Dialogue: Islam in Graphic [Read More...]

Comics and Religion at AAR?

A. David Lewis has put out a call for more attention to be paid, perhaps in the form of an exploratory session next year, to religion in comic books. David has also set up a discussion forum for this and other topics. Those interested in this intersection (you know who you are) should click through [Read More...]

The Legion of Baptist Superheroes

I’ve long known about (and have mentioned before) the Adherents web site’s catalog of superheroes’ religious affiliation. Today I learned via IO9 that on that web site there are now also graphics depicting the superheroes of a given tradition. Here are the Baptists: I am guessing that some are American Baptist, some are Southern Baptist, [Read More...]

Superhero Saints

I’ve been meaning to blog about this since it first turned up on Matthew Paul Turner’s blog (subsequently getting mentioned at IO9 and Greenflame). Superheroes are regularly situated at the intersection of religion and science fiction – see Steve Wiggins’ recent post on Alien Deities as one example – but not always quite as blatantly [Read More...]

Religion in Captain America: The First Avenger

I just watched Captain America: The First Avenger and found it interesting to see how they connected it with the themes of aliens visiting ancient Norway in Thor and the idea that super-advanced science/technology is indistinguishable not only from magic and superstition but religion. Red Skull is played effectively by Hugo Weaving (made famous by The [Read More...]

X-Men First Class: Never Again, Ever Again

I finally got around to watching X-Men First Class, and found it not only an enjoyable superhero action movie and a satisfying prequel exploring the earlier lives of the X-Men, but also a challenging parable about the danger of history repeating itself when we most want to avoid it doing so In the first X-Men [Read More...]

Thor: A World Where Magic and Science are the Same

I finally got around to watching the movie Thor last night and early this morning, and I’m glad I did. Thor has always been an interesting character in the realm of comic book superheroes. Others were godlike or messianic in character, and the lines between sci-fi and the supernatural, always blurry even at the best [Read More...]

Keep Thor in Thursday

Another enjoyable piece of art combining religion and comic books by Jeff Carter. [Read more...]

Review of Mutants and Mystics by Jeffrey Kripal

I was invited at the last minute to participate in the Patheos Book Club discussion of Jeffrey J. Kripal’s book Mutants and Mystics: Science Fiction, Superhero Comics, and the Paranormal. Since I leave today for a conference (at which I will be speaking, appropriately enough, about religion and science fiction), I have had to rush [Read More...]

Epic Storytelling from the Bible to Star Wars

While searching for a recording of “O Fortuna” from Carl Orff’s Carmina Burana I came across this video which brings together scenes from across the various six Star Wars films to that musical accompaniment, connecting the early and later in a pretty effective way. The look on Obi Wan Kenobi’s face in the first Star [Read More...]

A Bizarre Story Involving Superman, a Christian Comic Book Store Owner, Internet Abbreviations, and Yiddish Swear Words

This story is weird, but in interesting ways (and if you are trying to avoid ever setting eyes on profanity, then I must ask you to avert them now). First, Superman was depicted as grunting in a recent comic book. Here’s the relevant panel: A Christian comic book store owner decided to boycott the comic, [Read More...]


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