The Religious Affiliation of Comic Book Character
also known as "Wild Thing," of the Para-Troop in DP7
George Mullaney, who was also known by the code-names "Mutator" and later "Wild Thing", was a supporting character in the comic book series DP7. George Mullaney was not one of the seven main title characters who were the protagonists of the series. Rather, he was associated with a different Clinic therapy group than the "DP7" characters were in. George Mullaney came into conflict with the DP7 title characters many times. Eventually Mullaney and an associate formed the "Para-Troop," a gang of paranormal criminals.
George Mullaney ("Mutator" or "Wild Thing") was provided with a detailed biographical sketch in DP7 #26. This biography for the character included an overt identification of his religious affiliation as "Presbyterian (non-practicing)." Mutator is one of the few mainstream comic book characters who has ever overtly been identified as a Presbyterian. (The best known comic book Presbyterian is Wolfsbane, of the New Mutants, also published by Marvel.)
Mutator first appeared in DP7 #1 (November 1986), followed by an appearance in another New Universe comic, Kickers Inc. #5. After that, all but one of his remaining published appearances were in the DP7 series, beginning with issue #17. He appeared in about 11 comics, all told. Created by Mark Gruenwald, DP7 is widely regarded as the best or second-best of the "New Universe" imprint of comics published by Marvel Comics from 1986 to 1989. DP7 was one of the only New Universe titles to last for 32 issues.
George Mullaney was often an antagonist or part of antagonist groups in the D.P.7 comics, but he was never really portrayed as a villain at heart. In fact, Mullaney acted quite heroically on many occasions, even with considerable risk to himself. George Mullaney was never really a "super-hero" in the traditiona sense, but the same thing can be said for nearly all of the central protagonists of the D.P.7 comic book series. George Mullaney, like the other characters in the series, was a regular person who happened to gain super-powers. He made many mistakes after that, including joining a criminal gang, but he usually tried to do the right thing.
A detailed, illustrated page about Mutator, his powers and his comic book history can be found on "The Appendix to the Handbook of the Marvel Universe" website:
From: Jan Edmiston (a self-identified Presbyterian), "Where Would Mutator Worship?", postd 14 June 2006 on "A Church for Starving Artists" blog website, part of the "Presbyterian Bloggers" webring (http://churchforstarvingartists.blogspot.com/2006/06/where-would-mutator-worship.html; viewed 14 June 2006):
Let's turn our attention to superheroes -- both male and female. Little did we know that they had religious affiliations.
Newsweek reported this week that Superman is Methodist and The Thing is Jewish. You, too, can find the affiliation of your favorite Super Hero at: http://www.adherents.com/lit/comics/comic_book_religion.html#Pr
Ironically Hellboy is a devout Roman Catholic. Electra [sic] is Greek Orthodox. Captain Steel is Mormon.
I anxiously looked for my Presbyterian brothers and sisters in the Religious Affiliations chart, and was disappointed to find extremely lame Super Heroes in the denomination of John Knox and Francis Makemie. Who the heck is Mutator? (He is pictured above and clearly doesn't look like your average General Assembly commissioner.)
We Presbyterians can also claim Wolfsbane, a mutant raised by a strict fundamentalist preacher in Scotland. She can turn into a wolf (not be to confused with a werewolf) and she once ripped out Wolverine's throat in some kind of wolf-on-wolf action.
I'm not much of a comic book connoisseur so none of this gets me very excited. But I do like the thought of Super Heroes having spiritual homes, however, and God knows that while all congregations have their share of mutants (we usually call them misfits), we all long to be spiritually mutated from one thing to another.
At first, I was wishing we could claim Wonder Woman (pagan) or even Jimmy Olsen (Lutheran). But seeing each other as Mutants and Mutators is actually not too far off the mark as I think about members I've known and loved.
Next week, we find out whether or not the Super Hero Northstar could ever be an officer in our denomination should he decide to leave the Roman Catholic church. Northstar recently outed himself becoming the best known gay mutant Super Hero. His powers: super-fast reflexes and the power of flight.
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