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The Religious Affiliation of Comic Book Character
John Stewart, who was for many years the successor to Hal Jordan as the superheroic adventurer "Green Lantern" of Earth in the DC Comics universe. Stewart is sometimes known as "Green Lantern III" by comic book historians, as he is the third major Earth-born superhero to be known as "Green Lantern."
John Stewart was explicitly portrayed as a Christian, and was apparently a Protestant. His precise denominational affiliation is unclear.
From: "Religion in comic books", posted 14 June 2006 on "Get Religion" blog website (http://www.getreligion.org/?p=1679; viewed 14 June 2006):
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Posted by Will at 7:47 pm on June 14, 2006:
Green Lantern John Stewart is Christian, most likely Protestant. See his reflections on the real "meaning of Christmas" in Green Lantern: Mosaic.
From: "Stuart Moore's A Thousand Flowers: O Deadly Night" forum discussion, started 2 December 2003 on Newsarama website (http://forum.newsarama.com/archive/index.php/t-6949.html; viewed 28 June 2007):
12-02-2003, 10:13 AM
Well, two Christmas-themed stories which stand out for me are:
"The Man Who Murdered Santa Claus" in Justice League of America #110... My first comic at the wee age of 8, I somehow picked this over Amazing Spider-Man #129 and more amazingly got my aunt to buy it for me...
12-02-2003, 01:10 PM
re: "The Man Who Murdered Santa Claus" in Justice League of America #110
I absolutely love this comic book for two reasons. One is the scene of John Stewart using his GL [Green Lantern] ring to rebuild all the slum buildings from scratch, minus all the rats and roaches and decay, and Green Arrow finally acknowledging Stewart as "Green Lantern". The JLA in all its cheesy glory. The other reason was the back-up reprint story "Z is for Zatana... and Zero Hour!" Man, the memories that brings back...
Apparently an issue of Comic Book Marketplace inadvertently indicated that the Hulk had been revealed as Jewish when in fact the writer was trying to note that Ben Grimm ("The Thing") had been revealed as Jewish. This misprint prompted the following discussion. From: "What issue was the Hulk revealed as Jewish?" forum discussion, started 12 November 2004 on IMWAN website (http://www.imwan.com/phpBB2/viewtopic.php?t=999; viewed 31 July 2007):
Posted: Sat Jul 21, 2007 8:01 am
It's rare for superheroes to appear in church, unless their religion plays heavily into their characterization (Wonder Woman, Daredevil). I don't see Batman or the Atom or Green Lantern going to church, but I don't assume they're athiest or agnostic. I work with dozens of people on a daily basis, have no idea if they attend mass unless they work it into a conversation (and very few do that).
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