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From: "Unofficial Guy Gardner Homepage" (http://members.aol.com/missywils/melissa/guy.html; viewed 21 May 2006):
Welcome to the TRUE unofficial Guy Gardner homepage
Hometown: Baltimore, Maryland
Religion: Certain evidence points to Guy being raised Catholic, but Guy is not very religious
From: "New Christian JLA member" message board, started 5 May 2005 on official DC Comics website (http://dcboards.warnerbros.com/web/thread.jspa?threadID=2000023085; viewed 15 May 2006):
Posted: May 5, 2005 7:53 PM
I propose DC adds a new superhero to the JLA. His name is Shepard [Shepherd] and he fights injustice and evil in a Christian way.
His powers would essentially be a the addition of the powers of Firestorm and Superman.
While the JLA fights to protect earth from alien threats, Shepard's focus would be to protect innocents such as unborn children.
What does everyone think?
Posted: May 16, 2005 12:31 PM
...I think between Green Arrow, the Huntress, the Question, and Guy Gardner they would have given Shepard a nice 'blanket party' just to properly welcome his evangelizing ass to the Watchtower.
[webmaster: This poster seems to be implying that sensorsnake's proposed "anti-abortion" Christian super-hero would be strongly resented by a number of other DC superheroes who are also known for their frequent evanglization of their beliefs, but whose beliefs are different from those espoused by "Shepard."]
Excerpts from: "Superman Wedding -- why a Christian ceremony?" newsgroup discussion started 11 October 1996 in rec.arts.comics.dc.universe (http://groups.google.com/group/rec.arts.comics.dc.universe/browse_thread/thread/4d17a1ff0ee9c715/d141c36005b90ea4; viewed 5 June 2006):
From: Douglas Ethington
Date: Fri, Oct 11 1996 12:00 am
Email: Douglas Ethington
I always thought that Clark was most likely a Christian...
Anyway, this thread got me thinking about the other DC heroes and what their religious beliefs might be, so here are some of my thoughts (most of this MHO [My Humble Opinion]):
...I'm not sure what Hal Jordan, Guy Gardner, or a lot of other heroes believe, so I'd be interested in hearing your thoughts.
From "TS: Liberality For All vs. DMZ" discussion page started 30 November 2005 (http://ilx.wh3rd.net/thread.php?msgid=6419391; viewed 13 June 2006):
Huk-L (handsomishbo...), November 30th, 2005
Now I don't think that titles such as "Liberality for all" are the way to go either as its viewpoint is so extreme that it can, based on your perspective, be considered as either fanatical or subtly making fun of consrvative themselves. However I do belive that a center right superhero (who isn't a complete ******* as in the case of Guy Gardner's portrayal) would appeal to a large percentage of Americans who may either purchase very few or no comics at all.
From: "Super Hero Religions" forum discussion started 15 June 2006 on "RonFez.net" website, home of the Ron & Fez radio show (http://www.ronfez.net/forums/archive/index.php/t-50765.html; viewed 11 June 2007):
06-15-2006, 02:10 PM
Ron and Fez did an awesome bit on this years ago... Popular Comic Book Heroes Faith-by-Faith...
06-15-2006, 03:10 PM
What about Green Arrow? I would say an atheist, but wasn't he brought back form hell or something? So maybe not.
I would also say Mr. Fantastic is an atheist because of the scientist thing.
Cyclops is a good red-blooded Protestant boy.
Prof X, Buddhist, just because of the hair-do.
Guy Gardner, former Catholic.
Booster Gold, Scientologist.
Yorick Brown, Agnostic.
From: "NY Times outs Batwoman. DUH SPOILERS!!!!!" forum discussion, started 27 May 2006 on "Comic Bloc" website (http://www.comicbloc.com/forums/archive/index.php/t-27770.html; viewed 23 July 2007):
May 28th, 2006, 09:11 AM
I feel like DC is tying to be an advocate... Is DC just wanting quick media attention? If this were truly about diversity where is the devote Christian hero? What about a Pro-Life Republican? A priest that takes a vow of poverty to fight poverty?
For years people have praised or criticize liberal Hollywood. Are we now looking at a Liberal DC comics?
May 28th, 2006, 10:20 AM
Christian hero? I'm sorry but aren't a good majority of heroes Christian?
May 28th, 2006, 12:06 PM
re: "What about a Pro life Republican?"
Not sure if he's pro-life but isn't Guy Gardner a Conservative?
May 28th, 2006, 02:34 PM
Again - Where are the diversity of the NEW characters?
1. Let's pick out a guy from 20 years ago. Guy Gardner was a comic relief, Cold war era, idea of a Republican. Wasn't he the person that everyone on the team hated? What if a gay character was the one member of the team that everyone could not stand?
...I did not know that there was a witch hunt going on but I just wanted to point out that not any of the new post IC characters represent true diversity. The best minority character that DC has come up with is Mr. Terrific. He is not a stereotype. The thing that I like best about Mr. Terrific is that you don't think of him as a black hero but a high tech hero that happens to be black. That should be the idea of any hero.
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