With the publication of Maggin also said that Superman adheres to "a Kryptonian-based belief system centered on monotheistic philosophy." There is widespread agreement that, based on the lack of any depiction of congregational membership or church activity in his comic stories, Superman has not been a regular churchgoer as an adult.
Superman has, however, occasionally visited clergymen of various Christian denominations for purposes of counsel, guidance, or confession. (This funeral is for Larry Lance, who was the husband of Superman's JSA teammate Dinah Lance, a.k.a.
As an adult, Superman has been depicted many times praying. #s 848-849 (June-July 2007, written by Fabian Nicieza) proivde a good overview of many of Superman's feelings about religion in contemporary comics. The very gods who were worshipped for centuries by countless thousands . "Black Canary." Larry was killed trying to protect his wife from an attack by the space-creature Aquarius.) [Image source: comic book panel posted at Elliot S!
Not only does this two-part story explicitly point out that Superman attended weekly church services with his mother at a Protestant church in Smallville until the time he was fourteen years old, this story also reveals many other thoughts Superman has about religion. Jarod Dale, a super-powered Protestant missionary), Superman thinks to himself ( Later in this same story, Superman seeks advice from an old friend: Barbara Johnson, a devout Protestant woman who runs the Community Angels Outreach Center in Metropolis, and he prays that Jarod Dale and his family will make the right choice about what to do next ( questions. Maggin was the principal scriptwriter for DC Comics' Superman titles during the 1970's up until the mid-1980's. Luthor is Jewish (though non-observant, thank heaven).
For example, popular comic book writer Mark Millar () has written that Superman is a Methodist.
Curt Swan, one of the best-known and most influential Superman artists, was raised Presbyterian but also attended Methodist churches while growing up (see:
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.
Throughout all of his incarnations, Superman has maintained his rural Midwestern Protestant upbringing, although rarely have the words "Protestant" or "Christian" been explicitly attached to his background.
Superman is sometimes spoken of as being "Jewish." This may be an attempt to honor the fact that the writer and artist who created the character were Jewish.
[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.
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.