Christianity and Comics
Title Christianity and Comics PDF eBook
Author Blair Davis
Publisher Rutgers University Press
Pages 253
Release 2024-03-15
Genre Literary Criticism
ISBN 1978828233

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The Bible has inspired Western art and literature for centuries, so it is no surprise that Christian iconography, characters, and stories have also appeared in many comic books. Yet the sheer stylistic range of these comics is stunning. They include books from Christian publishers, as well as underground comix with religious themes and a vast array of DC, Marvel, and Dark Horse titles, from Hellboy to Preacher. Christianity and Comics presents an 80-year history of the various ways that the comics industry has drawn from biblical source material. It explores how some publishers specifically targeted Christian audiences with titles like Catholic Comics, books featuring heroic versions of Oral Roberts and Billy Graham, and special religious-themed editions of Archie. But it also considers how popular mainstream comics like Daredevil, The Sandman, Ghost Rider, and Batman are infused with Christian themes and imagery. Comics scholar Blair Davis pays special attention to how the medium’s unique use of panels, word balloons, captions, and serialized storytelling have provided vehicles for telling familiar biblical tales in new ways. Spanning the Golden Age of comics to the present day, this book charts how comics have both reflected and influenced Americans’ changing attitudes towards religion.

Twelve-Cent Archie
Title Twelve-Cent Archie PDF eBook
Author Bart Beaty
Publisher Rutgers University Press
Pages 199
Release 2017-05-31
Genre Literary Criticism
ISBN 0813594464

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For over seventy-five years, Archie and the gang at Riverdale High have been America’s most iconic teenagers, delighting generations of readers with their never-ending exploits. But despite their ubiquity, Archie comics have been relatively ignored by scholars—until now. Twelve-Cent Archie is not only the first scholarly study of the Archie comic, it is an innovative creative work in its own right. Inspired by Archie’s own concise storytelling format, renowned comics scholar Bart Beaty divides the book into a hundred short chapters, each devoted to a different aspect of the Archie comics. Fans of the comics will be thrilled to read in-depth examinations of their favorite characters and motifs, including individual chapters devoted to Jughead’s hat and Archie’s sweater-vest. But the book also has plenty to interest newcomers to Riverdale, as it recounts the behind-the-scenes history of the comics and analyzes how Archie helped shape our images of the American teenager. As he employs a wide range of theoretical and methodological approaches, Beaty reveals that the Archie comics themselves were far more eclectic, creative, and self-aware than most critics recognize. Equally comfortable considering everything from the representation of racial diversity to the semiotics of Veronica’s haircut, Twelve-Cent Archie gives a fresh appreciation for America’s most endearing group of teenagers.

The Parables of Jesus
Title The Parables of Jesus PDF eBook
Author Richard Gribble
Publisher CSS Publishing
Pages 278
Release 2000-06
Genre Religion
ISBN 0788015958

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The parable is the most well-known literary form presented in the gospels. And since narrative or story sermons are such a prominent element in the contemporary pulpit, pastors are preaching on the parable texts more frequently than ever. Richard Gribble thoroughly examines each of the parables appearing in Cycle C of the Revised Common Lectionary. Each analysis includes: - discussion of the theme - spiritual food for the journey - application of the parable to contemporary life - openings for preaching - points of challenge and questions to ponder - exegesis and explanation of the parable - context of the parable These studies will be a classic resource for preaching... or useful for Bible study and inspiration. The author of eight books and over 100 articles, Richard Gribble, CSC, is the acting superior at Moreau Seminary at the University of Notre Dame. Father Gribble earned his Ph.D. from The Catholic University of America and has also earned degrees from the United States Naval Academy, the University of Southern California, and the Jesuit School of Theology at Berkeley.

Betty and Veronica
Title Betty and Veronica PDF eBook
Author Tim Hanley
Publisher Rowman & Littlefield Publishers
Pages 241
Release 2020-07-25
Genre Literary Criticism
ISBN 1538129744

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We think we know Betty and Veronica, but we don’t. Far more than just Archie’s girlfriends, the girls have grown beyond simple archetypes to become compelling, relevant characters for each new generation over the past eighty years. Betty, Veronica, and the rest of the Riverdale gang appear to be frozen in time in Archie comic books. They are perpetual high schoolers, recycling the same basic plotlines over and over in their wholesome, small-town American world. However, there is much more to Betty and Veronica than the broad stereotypes and clichéd storytelling suggests. In Betty and Veronica: The Leading Ladies of Riverdale, Tim Hanley explores the complexity behind these two iconic characters. We know Betty and Veronica as Archie's girlfriends, but that's just the beginning—they are their own women with evolving motivations and aims. From fighting over Archie to tackling women’s lib to chasing down serial killers on Riverdale, their friendship has endured and grown through decades of shifting characterizations and social change. Exploring their past offers unique insights into the ways life has progressed for young women over the past eighty years, and shows us the hidden strengths and secret depths of these pop culture icons. Featuring full-color comic book cover art that spans nearly eight decades of publishing—along with behind-the-scenes accounts of creative decisions and historical insights into their many incarnations across various media—this book provides a vibrant exploration of Betty and Veronica’s many adventures throughout their long, intriguing journey in popular culture.

Archie Super Special Magazine #4
Title Archie Super Special Magazine #4 PDF eBook
Author Archie Superstars
Publisher Archie Comic Publications, Inc.
Pages 0
Release 2013-10-02
Genre Juvenile Fiction
ISBN 1627381880

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Something amazing is happening in Riverdale! The quarterly Archie Comic Super Special Magazine rolls on with this awesomely autumn-themed edition! School is back in session, the leaves are changing colors and Halloween is approaching with its promises of tricks and treats! Get ready for colors, classes and costumes galore from the Archie vault. All this plus creator spotlights, the latest Archie news, and much, much more in this jam-packed magazine! Featuring stories with Archie, Betty and Veronica, Jughead, Sabrina the Teenage Witch, Josie and the Pussycats and more!

Parables as Subversive Speech
Title Parables as Subversive Speech PDF eBook
Author William R. Herzog II
Publisher Westminster John Knox Press
Pages 313
Release 1994-05-01
Genre Religion
ISBN 1611642337

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William Herzog shows that the focus of the parables was not on a vision of the glory of the reign of God but on the gory details of the way oppression served the interests of the ruling class. The parables were a form of social analysis, as well as a form of theological reflection. Herzog scrutinizes their canonical form to show the distinction between its purpose for Jesus and for evangelists. To do this, he uses the tools of historical criticism, including form criticism and redaction criticism.

Catalog of Copyright Entries. Third Series
Title Catalog of Copyright Entries. Third Series PDF eBook
Author Library of Congress. Copyright Office
Publisher Copyright Office, Library of Congress
Pages 1682
Release 1978
Genre Copyright

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