Superman and the Bible
How the Idea of Superheroes Affects the Reading of Scripture
About the Book
In 1938, Superman debuted, jumping off the pages of Action Comics #1. In the cultural context of the Great Depression and World War II, the U.S. would see the rise of the superhero not only in comic books but in radio programs, animated cartoons and television shows. Superman forever changed one’s concept of the hero and became permanently engrained in both American and worldwide culture.
This study explores the Man of Steel’s narrative as a fresh perspective on readings of the Bible—his character is reflected in such figures as Moses, Samson and Jesus. The author argues that if we read the Bible it can be said we are reading about Superman.
About the Author(s)
Nicholaus Pumphrey is an assistant professor of religious studies and curator of the Quayle Bible Collection at Baker University in Baldwin City, Kansas. He has published articles on comic books and religion, and Muslim comic book characters.
Format: softcover (6 x 9)
Bibliographic Info: notes, bibliography, index
Copyright Date: 2019
Table of Contents
1. Reading Is Fundamental: Intertextuality and the Comic Canon 21
2. Creation of Superman 51
3. What Is a Hero? 70
4. The Deconstruction of Superman: Redefining a Genre 90
5. The Book of Judges and Superman 119
6. Superman as Messiah: Moses and Jesus 140
Chapter Notes 175