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The Religious Affiliation of Comic Book Character
Tom Evans
Captain Canuck

Captain Canuck is a popular Canadian super-hero. He is in many ways a Canadian counterpart to Captain America.

Captain Canuck is the creation of Richard Comely, a devout Latter-day Saint.

Comely portrayed Captain Canuck as a prayerful man and a devout Christian. A number of hints throughout Comely's stories indicate that the author regarded the character as a Latter-day Saint, like himself. As far as we know, Captain Canuck was never overtly identified by name as a member of the Church of Jesus Christ of Latter-day Saints.

From: "The Creators of Captain Canuck" page on "Ultimate Captain Canuck Tribute Page" website (http://www.geocities.com/SoHo/Study/4273/creators.html; viewed 15 June 2006):

Richard Comely - The driving force behind Captain Canuck, Comely was the chief writer and, variously over the series run, an artist, letterer, colourist, and editor. Not one to be shy about his beliefs, Comely, a Mormon, used religious elements in the early issues, and his concern about a global conspiracy drove his subsequent comic, Star Rider and the Peace Machine, as well as his "new" Captain Canuck series in the mid-'90s.


From: dpulliam, "Religion in comic books", posted 14 June 2006 on "Get Religion" blog website (http://www.getreligion.org/?p=1679; viewed 14 June 2006):
The article [Newsweek, cover date 19 June 2006] includes a short snippet of an interview with the founder of Adherents.com... who has analyzed several comic book characters and found religious denominations for several popular comic book characters, including Daredevil's Elektra as Greek Orthodox. I say go figure on that one, I never saw the movie, but placing spiritual attachments in fantasy is nothing new to Christians, particularly the fans of C.S. Lewis's Chronicles of Narnia.

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Posted by Will at 11:12 am on June 15, 2006:

Criticism notes that Richard Comely's Captain Canuck is born-again and prays habitually. I suppose That Doesn't Count.

[Webmaster: This poster appears to be suggesting that because Captain Canuck was clearly a devout Christian character, he "doesn't count" and that his Christian religious affiliation was the reason he was left out of the Newsweek article and accompanying BeliefNet.com table. In truth, the Newseek and BeliefNet article and supplementary page listed, in total, only about 20 superhero characters. Captain Canuck was not omitted because he is a Latter-day Saint (Cypher, after all, was mentioned in the article), or because he is a Christian (many Christian characters were mentioned), but because he remains relatively obscure to American readers, despite his prominence in Canada.]

From: "Religion of Comic Book Characters" forum discussion, started 29 March 2006 on AllSpark.com website (http://www.allspark.com/forums/index.php?showtopic=4168; viewed 1 June 2007):

post Mar 29 2006, 08:38 AM

I found this great resource entirely by accident:

GR Crosscut
post Mar 29 2006, 11:08 AM

The League of Mormons!


I knew that Captain Canuck was LDS. The rest were a surprise.

That site is pretty cool for religious dorks like me. :thumbsup

From: "Whose family attends what church?" forum discussion started 11 March 2007 on ComiCon website (http://www.comicon.com/cgi-bin/ultimatebb.cgi?ubb=get_topic;f=2;t=009521;p=0; viewed 15 May 2007):

Not From Around Here
posted 04-12-2007 04:22 PM

...I never knew that Captain Canuck was a believer!

From: "Religious Affiliations of Super Heroes..." forum discussion, started 3 July 2007 on Fukushima Forums website (http://www.fujet.net/Forum/index.php?PHPSESSID=09a3ae0abf6efb8de2134680e092aee6&topic=815.msg7854; viewed 2 August 2007):

July 03, 2007, 12:11:58 AM

Now this is interesting...

mattoichiban - definitely
July 03, 2007, 08:39:55 AM

Now that is interesting!

Is Captain Canuck in the "Legion of Moose Worshipping Heroes"?

July 03, 2007, 10:38:40 AM

Actually, Captain Canuck is in the Legion of Latter-Day Saint Heroes. That explains all the door knocking and harassment.

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