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For further reading


General works

Garrett, G. (2009). Holy superheroes!: Exploring the sacred in comics, graphic novels, and film. Louisville, Ky.: Westminster John Knox Press.

Lewis, A. & Kraemer, C. (2010). Graven images: Religion in comic books and graphic novels. New York: Continuum.

Mills, A. (2014). American theology, superhero comics, and cinema: The marvel of Stan Lee and the revolution of a genre. New York: Routledge.

Oropeza, B.J. (Ed.). (2008). The Gospel according to superheroes: Religion and popular culture. New York: Peter Lang.

Specific religious traditions

Baer, E. (2012). The Golem redux: From Prague to post-Holocaust fiction. Detroit: Wayne State University Press.

Berlasky, N. (2014, March 20). What makes the Muslim Ms. Marvel awesome: She's just like everyone. The Atlantic. Retrieved March 23, 2015. 

Demby, Gene. (2013, November 12). What the new Ms. Marvel means for Muslims in comics. National Public Radio. Retrieved March 23, 2015. 

Douglas, A. (1994). Sacred images: Islamic comic strips. In Arab comic strips: Politics of an emerging mass culture, (pp. 83-109). Bloomington: Indiana University Press.

Fingeroth, D. (2007). Disguised as Clark Kent: Jews, comics, and the creation of the superhero. New York: Continuum.

Goldstein, R. (2014, August 16). Superman is Jewish: The Hebrew roots of America‚Äôs greatest superhero. The Daily Beast. Retrieved March 23, 2105. 

Kaplan, A. From Krakow to Krypton: Jews and comic books. Philadelphia: Jewish Publication Society.

McDannell, C. (1995). Material Christianity: Religion and popular culture in America. New Haven: Yale University Press.

McIain, Karline. (2011). The place of comics in the modern Hindu imagination. Religion compass, 5, 598-608.

Thomas, J. (2012). Drawing on tradition: Manga, anime, and religion in contemporary Japan. Honolulu: University of Hawaii Press.

Weinstein, S. (2006). Up, up, and oy vey!: How Jewish history, culture, and values shaped the comic book superhero. Baltimore: Leviathan Press.