< Return to Religious Affiliation of Comics Book Characters
The Religious Affiliation of Comic Book Character
Below: Adam Strange swears by the "spirits of Samakand," invoking the religion of Rann. This word is sometimes misspelled "Samarkand." [Source: The Brave and the Bold #5, published by DC Comics (September 2007), page 12; written by Mark Waid, pencilled by George Perez, inked by Bob Wiacek.]
The "Eternal City of Samakand" is a part of Rannian myth and legend. It is a concept that dates back to the very first "Adam Strange" story every published. From: (http://www.wtv-zone.com/silverager/sasar/archive17.shtml; viewed 23 July 2007):
The first story is entitled "Secret of the Eternal City!" and it's brought to us by Gardner Fox (script), Mike Sekowsky (pencils), Bernard Sachs (inks) and Julius Schwartz (Editor)... From that exciting opener, we go to, of all places, the Andes Mountains in Peru, where Mr. Strange, archaeologist by trade, has just discovered the legendary Incan city of Carmanga... out of nowhere, a flare of light envelops him that acts a lot like garden variety lightning... a spacecraft descends... and discharges a beautiful woman speaking in some odd language... He hops on board and they head for the city of Rangar and a laboratory setting where her father is toiling away... It is then that Adam learns where his leap has landed him. Alpha Centauri, a mere 25 trillion miles from Mother Earth. How could this happen? The father of Alanna, Sardath the scientist, puts forth his theory. The planet of Rann, being a similar world to Earth, had decided to transmit a Zeta-beam to Earth to make contact. Think of the zeta beam as an intergalactic flare. Then, old Murphy throws a monkey-wrench in the works causing the beam to alter during it's 4.3 year flight into a teleportation beam. As the webmaster says, this guy is the original Mr. Lucky. Sardath goes on to explain a brief history of Rann and the fact that nuclear holocaust had nearly destroyed their civilization and they've slowly evolved back. Afterward, Alanna takes Adam on a short sight-seeing tour. In the midst of that, we are shown three spacecraft entering the atmosphere of Rann...
Well, as you might expect, the ships begin blasting away and as Adam and Alanna tear out of there they hear on the cruiser's radio that the alien crafts have landed and the invaders call themselves The Eternals. The Eternals, it seems, are interested in a metal called Vitatron that allows them to be immortal. Apparently they've detected some on Rann and they've come to mine it. As the newscast ends, Alanna comes to the conclusion that the Vitatron could only be one place on Rann. The city of Samakand that appears every 25 years from the Fourth Dimension. "Say what?" That isn't exactly the phrase Adam uttered, but he was just as confused as I was when I read it. Alanna explains that during the wars in her planet's history, the scientific community who hung out on Samakand decided that the local warlords were not ready to utilize the things they were producing, so they'd just take their toys to the Fourth Dimension and check in every 25 years or so to see if they were ready to play nice. As luck would have it, the city was due to reappear any minute. They enter the city and are soon greeted by bald guys in robes who confirm that the Vitatron is there, but they don't know how to keep it from the Eternals. Adam quickly devises a plan and has the Vitatron loaded on the sole spacecraft in the city and then heads for space. The yellow subs hurl a gravity sphere toward our heroes but they're able to send it back toward the aggressors. They destroy the sphere but continue to pursue the ship. Adam sets the ship on auto-pilot for Samakand and he and Alanna bail out. Strange explains to Alanna that the scientists agreed to trap the Eternals in the Fourth Dimension with them, where they'll have no power to return and will be effectively neutralized. Adam then begins to fade. "The charge of power put in my body by the zeta-flare has worn off! I- I'm being teleported back to Earth! But I'll return, Alanna- I promise-" Seconds later, he finds himself back in the Andes. In the final panel of the story, Adam studies a map. "Alanna's father told me about the other attempts they made to contact Earth! The next zeta-beam from Rann will strike off the Malayan coast, south of Singapore- I'll be there waiting when it does, 62 days, 16 minutes, 5 seconds from now and somehow I know Alanna will be waiting for me, too-" That ends the first story.
Posted: Apr 20, 2006 9:30 AM
...What is the religion of the heroes we read about?... Don't get me wrong, not picking on anyone, just wonder what everyone thinks what our heroes believe. ...Other threads touch on the subject in passing, time to discuss it!
Posted: Apr 21, 2006 12:44 PM
Adam Strange and Ray Palmer: