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    Lightbulb Is Superman a Metaphor of Jesus Christ?

    Fans of Superman, especially those of us who are Comics artists, will find this article very interesting.

    This article talks about how comparisons between the Superman of comics/the upcoming "Superman Returns" motion picture and Jesus Christ were not only evident but intentional.

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    Well, put it this way; I'm pretty sure the bible would be awesome if Jesus had laser eyes.

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    The idea is intriguing....I understand why they might think what they think. Personally, I think that some people read too much into this.....although, that may be my atheism talking.
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    Doesn't really come as a huge shocker, the man is patrionism defined, and he's a real dick too.

    I've seen this comic posted on imageboards about this sinner pope who was 'left behind' after the judment day thing, then he gained some strange powers. Pretty funny stuff.
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    Soooo, let me get this straight.....Is evil to make a movie of the Da Vinci code becuase it has non-christian messages....BUT

    Is ok to turn known iconical figures to make christian propaganda and reach the non-christians ( love the one sided aspect of that word...probably as much as anti-christian.)

    My questions are this, Aren´t you concerned about making movies as propaganda for the christain religion to get more people to "turn"?

    Are you ok with the fact that the use of this stange new way will work for the same reasons "the Da Vinci Code" did?

    Don´t you worry about the quality of believers you will get with this form of advertising?

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    Prometheus: Those are hilarious.....

    Quote from a cover:"Who wants a wife so stupid that she doesn't realize I'm Superman when I take off my Clark Kent glasses?"

    Shamagim: Totally agree with you on the propaganda angle
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    I think superman is more of a condensation of humanity's struggle against the chaotic forces of both the world (and humanity itself) into a personality. As in, all that crap falling onto people that he stops. Unless something has desperately shifted in the focus of this new movie, like terrorists or satan are toppling falling signs onto people.

    IIRC superman was largely intended to tap into Neitzche's posthuman ubermensch ideal. It's just a matter that Jesus also falls into much the same pattern.

    In fact (and now I'm just reading off wiki ) Nietzche listed Jesus as near-ubermensch...

    So yeah... Superman possibly more idea than person. Just so happens that other people have encapsulated the idea and one is very well known...

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    It seems to a be a recurring theme in literature/fantasy/scifi as well. Gandalf, Aslan, Sheridan from B5, hundreds of others I could name. I don't think it's propaganda so much as just cultural iconography.

    I don't really see it as that big of a deal.

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    I´m talking about this comment and Skelton purpose :

    "These story similarities, along with others, are important because Skelton said present-day Christians can use the analogies to reach out to those who are non-believers."

    Is this right?

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    I thought Superman was a personification of closet homosexuality and unrestrained violence? Wasn't that why the public was really ticked by comic books in the 70's or something?

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    I'd find it rather funny that Superman is a metaphor for Jesus considering that his first writers were Jewish.

    But wait! Superman's parents were Jewish, and so were Jesus's! The coincidences! They abound!

    Actually I think Robocop would be a better metaphor for Jesus. Except with more guns, killings and robotic mayham. But he did come back to life to fight for justice!

    It seems like the resurrection theme is common in literature. Keep looking and you'll find it everywhere.

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    The creators of Superman were Jewish immigrants, and Superman himself was supposed to symbolize the American dream: coming from a different country (planet), starting a new life in America (Metropolis) and achieving your dreams (flying, laser vision, super speed, red tights and a cape). This information was presented in an extra on the "Unbreakable" 2 discs DVD. The Jesus persona is present in many icons, from Superman to Neo in the Matrix, like Oregano pointed out. This could very well be whether some like it or not, not Jesus could be one of the earliest examples of a true Hero. An Anglo-Saxon Peom "Dream of the Rood" depicted Christ as a hero battling his way towards the cross. Many people closer to that time period considered Jesus Christ their hero, a figure full of sacrifice and herioc charisma. Again, this isn't propaganda, this is just our history and culture, and to some our faith.

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