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Old 09-05-2012, 07:33 PM   #36
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Default Re: Is Superman A Jesus Metaphor?

Originally Posted by StarvingArtist View Post
If you want to draw parallels like Tom Mankawitz did in 1978 then fine, but virtually impossible to argue that the original inspiration for Superman was Jesus Christ. It wasn't. Shuster and Siegel were the sons of Jewish immigrants who left Europe likely because of antisemitism and pogroms. They themselves were a couple of Jewish pulp fiction fanboys who likely created Superman as a catharsis.
I don’t think you have to be Christian to be influenced by the Jesus/messiah archetype (which arguably derives from even earlier mythologies). It obviously impressed/influenced Mankiewicz, Donner and Singer (all Jewish).

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