FRIDAY, APRIL 7 @ 5:30pm EST:
“For Jor-el so loved the world he gave his only begotten son, with powers and abilities far beyond those of mortal men!”
Ever since superheroes first burst upon the American scene in the late 1930s, they have always used their mighty super powers defending the causes of “truth, justice and the American way,” to quote the famous motto of the first superhero, Superman.
But there is something more, something embedded in the superhero mythos that goes deeper than their surface feats of derring-do. Because for all of their mighty displays of super-strength, speed, flight, heightened senses or occult, supernatural powers, the greatest superpower of them all is the power of love: the love every superhero has for the people they’re protecting from harm or rescuing from the forces of evil.
Some of the most memorable stories in the history of comics have been about superheroes sacrificing their lives for their friends, families, or mankind itself. “There is no greater love than to lay down one’s life for one’s friends,” from John 15:13, is one of the most memorable passages in The New Testament.
So come join comic book-style illustrator and historian Arlen Schumer (author/designer, The Silver Age of Comic Book Art) as he explores how superheroes in American comic book history have always reflected Christological aspects of heroism and self-sacrifice, whether overtly, subconsciously or unconsciously; you’ll see some of your favorite superheroes and comic book art in ways that will make “all seem new again”!