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Miles Peterson
Bibleman

From: "Bibleman" article on "Independent Heroes from the U.S.A." website (http://www.internationalhero.co.uk/b/bibleman.htm; viewed 24 April 2006):

Bibleman

Real Name: Miles Peterson
Identity/Class: Human, transformed by his belief in God
Occupation: School Teacher
Affiliations: Coats (original sidekick); Cypher (sidekick); Bible Girl (ally)
Enemies: Luxor Spawndroth; The Fibbler, Gossip Queen, Shadow of Doubt, Primordius Drool, Wacky Protestor, Rapscallion P. Sinister (a.k.a. Mr. Sinister [no relation to the X-Men enemy of the same name]).
Base of Operations: Eaglegate Manor
First Appearance: Bibleman "The Six Lies of the Fibbler"

Powers/Abilities:
As well as superhuman strength, Bibleman is equipped with a powerful suit of armour (which he terms the Full Armor of God). He also appears to be armed with a weapon which resembles a light sabre, for when fighting becomes the only available option.

History:
Miles Peterson had everything a man could want in life - money, status and success. In spite of this, he felt his life was empty. Then he discovered the Word of the Lord (specifically, but not limited to the following verse from Philippians 4:13 "I can do all things through Christ because He gives me strength."), and was transformed. Imbued with superhuman powers, he became Bibleman, dedicated to fighting evil in God's name.

Comments:
Bible Man is written and played by Willie Aames, who also provided the voice for Hank the Ranger in the Dungeons and Dragons cartoon. He is produced by Pamplin Entertainment for his Ministry. Visit the official website [http://www.bibleman.com/].

David Anderson provided some additional information used above, and also notes "Bibleman's costume is based on the armor described in the book of Ephesians 6:14-17. It consists of the Shoes of Peace, Waistbelt of Truth, Shield of Faith, Breastplate of Righteousness, Helmet of Salvation, and the Sword of the Spirit (his light saber-like weapon). Willie Aames has recently retired from the role of Bibleman. The character's new secret identity is Josh Carpenter, played by Robert Schlipp. So far, no effort has been made by the series to explore his past." He also supplied information about Bibleman's numerous foes (below).

Discussion

From: "Who is your religious superhero" discussion board, started 14 March 2006, on "Ship of Fools: The Magazine of Christian Unrest" website (http://forum.ship-of-fools.com/cgi-bin/ultimatebb.cgi?ubb=get_topic;f=1;t=006489; viewed 24 April 2006):

MrSponge2U
Posted 21 March, 2006 22:06

How can you have a list of religious superheroes and forget Bibleman? [link to: http://www.internationalhero.co.uk/b/bibleman.htm]

Or Major Victory? [link to: http://www.majorvictory.com/home.html]


Spiffy da WonderSheep
Posted 21 March, 2006 22:43

I've never seen Bibleman comics at my local shop. The Preacher, yes. Super Pope, you betcha. Y: The Last Man, sure thing. No Bibleman comics.

[I didn't link to any of the exemplars of these comics I cited because they are definately unHeavenly. Caveat Googler.]

From: "Doug TenNapel on Black Cherry" forum discussion, started 16 May 2007 on Newsarama website (http://forum.newsarama.com/showthread.php?t=112821; viewed 28 June 2007):

05-16-2007, 12:19 PM
vbartilucci

Quote, originally posted by Doug TenNapel:

At the same time, I have a duty as a man who follows Christ where my understanding is that I'm not to just camouflage myself with my culture and bury the light of Christ so that it's indiscernible from that which is non-Christ. I'm not hiding anything faith-based in my writing either. That's also not on the table when it comes to my stories that address religion (and I love to take a break from telling stories about religion whenever possible).

I have never noticed any "Christian" messages in Earthworm Jim or Catscratch. This may be due to the comment at the end of the article about animation removing anything vaguely controversial (like peace and love ans stuff), but I think the problem here is the definition of Christian message.

"Be nice to people", "Stealing is bad", and "You are not the center of the universe" are all Christian messages, in that they are all good suggestions of how to be good to your fellow man. But most people (And too many Christians) think that all Christian messages must translate to "You must surrender your life to Christ and if you don't you are going to Hell, and I will keep nagging you, which will just make Hell seem like a relief."

As soon as one hears that something is "Christian" one (including myself) assumes it's going to be preachy at the expense of entertaining, and for the vast majority of cases, that's true. And far too many Christians will flock (for lack of a better term) to such entertainment, simply because it is labeled as Christian, and it will sell, and there is no impetus to change to appeal to a larger market.

(The intuitive among us will see an ironic parallel to the comics industry.)

Jonah: A Veggie Tales Movie was one of the best pieces of animated entertainment I saw that year. Willie Ames as Bibleman is just embarassing. The trick is to balance the entertainment and the message. I have never seen that be a problem in your work.

From: Brad Meltzer, "Jewish Superhero Website Listing", posted 28 June 2007 on his official MySpace website (http://www.bradmeltzer.com/labels/Comics.html; viewed 9 July 2007):

Thanks to Jack G. for this. And I so admire The Acidic Jew [link to: http://www.adherents.com/lit/comics/AcidicJew.html].

Jewish superhero website listing:

http://www.adherents.com/lit/comics/comic_book_religion.html

http://www.adherents.com/lit/comics/comic_collage.html#Jews


[reader comments posted in response to this, at:
http://blog.myspace.com/index.cfm?fuseaction=blog.view&friendID=70196334&blogID=281610033&Mytoken=98182113-1D51-4F53-83316A28FAF456D570762504]

I know your purpose was different than as taken, but, I still think it's very interesting that both Marvel and DC (as well as independents) have incorporated religions in their characters' backgrounds.

Sure, we know some have religious/mythoological backgrounds (Thor, Nightcrawler, Daredevil, Bibleman) but, to see how many do, is interesting.

...I found it interesting that these universes incorporated religions from all over the world, just like a real universe would.

I was also pleased to see that Bibleman and that series was not the only Baptist and fundamentalist group out there :)

Thanks for that interesting link, Brad.

Posted by LegendsOfBatman on Monday, July 02, 2007 at 9:32 AM

See also:
http://www.jrn.columbia.edu/studentwork/cns/2002-04-10/127.asp


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