Peter G (sinetimore) wrote,
Peter G

Jesus Is Everywhere! Even In Asgard!

I know this is going to get some, "Aw, come on!" from the troops, but the fact is, comic book superheroes are extensions of Jewish culture.  Books like Up, Up, And Oy Vey!, the introduction in the Funnyman collection, and the 2001 Pulitzer Prize winning book The Amazing Adventures of Kavalier & Clay firmly establish this.  Jewish immigrants to America at the turn of the century were outsiders.  Unable to get in anywhere that was concerned about backgrounds, they turned to accessible entertainment, where anyone could get in, hone their talent, and make a living.  That meant disposable, unimportant venues like vaudeville and comic books.  Siegel and Schuster, Bob Kane, Stan Lee, Jack Kirby, and the immortal Max Gaines (creator of the first comic book) were not only Jews, but a lot of the superhero titles reflected their Jewish roots and values.  Not just the concept of the superman protecting the innocent (Samson, for example), but also the whole secret identity.  Each character had to pretend to be part of the white-bred WASP Establishment and could only be who they were by keeping their true identity separate and only finding comradery among other social outcasts (this is why Chris Claremont was able to take X-Men and move it into the realm of racial discrimination allegory -- he had a head start).

I bring this up because Christians have a nasty tendency to stick their noses where it doesn't belong.  If you thought the pagans were upset about Thor before, they're about to really hit the roof.  A writer is describing superheroes, including Thor, as being Christian allegories.  A sample of his thoughts:

Thor was Odin's son, a thunder-god of great promise, who was exiled for disobedience. We know the story too well, having been thrust into a world very much the antithesis of the idyllic ambience of Eden. Yet Thor was restored to Odin's favor, and so were we!

The Bible revels in its narration of our redemption, as in this scriptural snippet: "He has rescued us from the dominion of darkness and brought us into the kingdom of the Son He loves, in whom we have redemption, the forgiveness of sins" (Colossians 1:13, 14).

Tony Stark, a/k/a Iron Man, suffered from alcoholism. Captain America grew disheartened by our government. Daredevil rejected an offer of restored sight in the recognition that his blindness helped to accentuate other senses that he applied to the good of humanity.

The Fantastic Four's Reed Richards saved the universe by sacrificing his baby. His wife divorced him. Sound familiar? "For God so loved the world that He gave His one and only Son, that whoever believes in Him shall not perish but have eternal life" (John 3:16)

There is a magnificent rainbow-like bridge that connects Asgard with Earth in "Thor." The film brings forth its celestial beauty, but my friend didn't live to see it; then again, he has already crossed another kind of bridge, one that was established by the Son of God at Calvary:

"I tell you the truth, whoever heard my word and believes Him who sent me has eternal life and will not be condemned; he has crossed over from death to life" (John 5:24). Where John now resides makes Asgard look like a shantytown. Praise God for such a privilege!

I would like to quote Alice In Wonderland:  "Anything has meaning if you look hard enough."

Now, don't get me wrong, I have no problem with people expressing their religious thoughts in their writing (hell, I do it, as anyone who has read my Hannah Singer stories will attest).  A lot of great fantasy has its roots in religion and how the writers react to it (His Dark Materials, Narnia, Harry Potter, etc.).  And some are more explicit in their religious connection than others.  I just don't like the idea of simple superhero stories being hijacked for religous reasons, especially when looking a little deeper reveals they aren't affiliated with the religion they are espousing (we are conveniently ignoring Thor being Norse and just focusing on the Jewish origins).  It makes it seem like they are so desperate to validate their faith, they'll twist anything to make it seem like they know what's going on.

Please, keep these guys away from my Sandman comics....
Tags: art, comic books, comics, did not do the research, hannah singer, haven't we suffered enough, history, hypocrisy, important life lessons, infernal gall, lord hear our prayer, religion, stupidity
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