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TV series - More about Superman's Kryptonian religious beliefs - Additional published excerpts from Superman comics illustrating the character's religious background - The wedding of Clark Kent and Lois Lane - Batman asks Superman about his death and subsequent resurrection - Additional articles about Superman's Jewish roots - Superman as Nietzsche's - Additional articles about Superman's religious affiliation - Superman's politics - Discussion and opinion - Related Articles on Other Websites Superman is the archetypal costumed super-hero.He is clearly the most influential character in the comic book super-hero genre.Superman's Moses-like origin and his Midwestern WASP-ish (White Anglo-Saxon Protestant) persona are widely regarded as a symbol of Jewish assimilation.Children of immigrant Jews, Siegel and Shuster were not unlike many in their generation in their desire to fit in to the general population.The creation of Superman and his alter ego Clark Kent was a manifestation of the desire by Siegel and Shuster to "pass" in mainstream population and also to assert control in a world that had often left them feeling powerless, such as when Siegel's father was murdered.As is often the case with a character or franchise of extraordinary longevity, Superman has been reconceived multiple times ("retconned" in comic book parlance).Of Clark's parents, Martha is the more devout churchgoer. While growing up in Smallville, Kansas, Clark Kent attended Sunday church services at the local Methodist church with his mother, Martha Kent, every week until he was fourteen years old.
Many writers and fans believed this denominational affiliation best captures and explains the character as he has been portrayed over the years.
The character was created by Jerry Siegel and Joe Shuster [often mis-spelled "Joe Schuster"], both of whom were Jewish.
The character of Superman, however, has always been depicted as having been raised with a solidly Protestant upbringing by his adoptive Midwestern parents - Jonathan and Martha Kent.
[he] was afraid" that he might lose his faith in people.
So he decided to distance himself from such close-contact, frequent congregational worship and put his faith in "the best that humanity has to offer" (, the adult Clark Kent continued to visit and consult with the minister at his family church, even after he had begun his career as Superman.