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date: 02 December 2021

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This chapter offers a sketch of the general relationship between comics understood as “nonbiblical” (or not directly portraying biblical material) and the Bible. Although comics are still recovering from a Cold War–era reputation for being “lowbrow” in the United States, they are an important window into the reception of biblical material. Comics that treat near-biblical material in particular are an intriguing area for study. They offer a set of visual languages whose translation and evaluation give insight into the text of the Bible and its interpretation. Attention to the visual can yield suggestive insights in a traditionally textual field of study. This chapter introduces the concept of the Bible as an icon and gives a brief demonstration of the use of a particular set of closely related but nonetheless nonbiblical comics to reflect on biblical characters, and concludes by offering questions that might benefit from further study of these texts.

Keywords: comics, Jesus Christ, narrative theory, visual theory, graphic text, graphic novel, supernatural, superhero, miracles, comics industry

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