The Religious Affiliation of Comic Book Character
and his youthful "sidekick" - Kid Verse
"Major Victory" is a Baptist super-hero created by writer/artist Lazaro Ruiz for the purpose of religious ministry to children. The online comic book about Major Victory centers on explicitly Bible-themed adventures and motifs.
Major Victory's secret identity is Victor Majors, an African American. He is the well-known and wealthy C.E.O. of the Majors Toy Company.
Major Victory's sidekick is a young Caucasian boy (or teen?) named "Kid Verse." The youth lives in Victor Major's mansion. Kid Verse's super-heroic codename refers to his penchant for reciting passages from the Bible (complete with chapter and verse location) as commentary on the duo's adventures together. Like Major Victory, Kid Verse is a Baptist.
Although Major Victory is a Baptist character created by a Baptist writer with funding from Baptist donors and sponsorship by a Baptist church, the character is not explicitly identified as a "Baptist" within the text of the comics themselves.
Interestingly enough, the word "Christian" is never used in the "Major Victory" comic, either. The cross, a common symbol of Christianity, is never depicted in this comic. Technically speaking, neither Major Victor nor Kid Verse are ever explicitly identified as members of any specific religious group by name (including "Christian" or "Baptist"). But their behavior and recitation of Biblical verses (including one verse from the New Testament) makes it clear that they are Christians.
Theoretically Major Victory and Kid Verse might be thought of as adherents of any Christian denomination, until the last six panels of the comic, in which the super-heroes spell out the "ABC" (Admit, Believe, Confess) doctrine -- a quinessentially Baptist formulation -- and then invite readers to a Baptist church. On the last page of the first issue of Major Victory's online comic (issue #0), Kid Verse invites readers to contact Shelly Ruiz, the children's minister at the First Baptist Church in Lake Worth, Florida.
From: "Thanks to..." page on official "Major Victory" website (http://www.majorvictory.com/thanks.html; viewed 24 April 2006):
From: "Our Mission" page on official "Major Victory" website (http://www.majorvictory.com/mission.html; viewed 24 April 2006):
God, for giving us the Joy and Love in our heart.
First Baptist Church of Lake Worth for their support, encouragement and creation of this ministry.
Christian Band Testimony for providing the theme song and musical sound effects on the website.
Rev. Maurice A. Alexander, Pastor/Teacher
at Mount Olive Baptist Church
P.O. Box 1566-1566
1057 NE 14th Ave
Okeechobee FL 34973
[This page also features an icon from and link to the "Baptist Top 1000" list/website at: http://www.baptisttop1000.com/.]
From: "Praise God" page on official "Major Victory" website (http://www.majorvictory.com/praisegod.html; viewed 24 April 2006):
Our mission is to evangelize children during the most receptive time in their lives, entertaining them, teaching them God's word and showing them how to apply it to everyday situations.
Train up a Child in the way he should go, and when he is old he will not depart from it. (Proverbs 22:6)
We believe that our resources should be where the harvest is... Children. We want to give children the opportunity to know the pure joy of Jesus, while providing positive Media (Comics, T.V. Films, Music, etc.) that will help encourage their spiritual growth. "Happiness is temporary, the Joy of Jesus is permanent." F.V.
Jesus Said, "Let the little children come to me, and do not hinder them, for the kingdom of heaven belongs to such as these." (Matthew 19:14)
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):
This page is dedicated to Praise God. Here you can read about what God has done to get this comic book to this point. Prayer is powerful and his blessings are many.
Praise and Thank God for all he does. The first issue of the comic book has been printed. I got a chance to see it last night and it is INCREDIBLE. The absolute highest quality comic I have ever seen and it's for God's Kingdom!! Unbelievable. Laz, that tiny thought you had years ago is about to reach many children and have them learn about our wonderful Lord. You're a great man, with a great vision. Thanks to the sponsors, without their funding, this would not have happened.
Laz has had a heart to use his art for God since he became a Christian about 12 years ago. It was about 2 years ago that he had a more clear direction with the idea of Majorvictory [the Major Victory website]. Since, this time he has spent countless hours on this project! He has been praying, seeking other artists and fundraising, not to mention the many hours spent in front of a computer or drawing table! He has loved every minute of it. He has an awesome man with an awesome heart to reach kids for Christ. Recently we heard of a child that came to know Christ because of the website. Laz was almost in tears. He said, "this is what I have worked so hard for. Every hour of lost sleep was worth it." It has been awesome to see God bring forth the people to help with this project. God still has more to come. We are now waiting on the funds to come in to get the book published. I can't wait to see what God is going to do once we get those books in the hands of little ones! His hand is upon us! Praise God!
Praise God that we finally have our Not-for-Profit account open so that all the donations we receive are 100% tax deductible.
Thanks to God for adding yet another member to our team of volunteers to help us with the weekly comic.
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 definitely unHeavenly. Caveat Googler.]
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