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Greenspoon, Leonard. "How American Newspaper Comic Strips Portray God, Angels, and Humans." The Oxford Handbook on the Bible and Popular Culture. Eds. Dan W. Clanton Jr. and Terry R. Clark. New York: Oxford Univ. Press, 2020. 399–413. 
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Resource type: Book Chapter
Language: en: English
DOI: 10.1093/oxfordhb/9780190461416.013.24
BibTeX citation key: Greenspoon2020
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Categories: General
Keywords: Comic strip, Religion, USA
Creators: Clanton Jr., Clark, Greenspoon
Publisher: Oxford Univ. Press (New York)
Collection: The Oxford Handbook on the Bible and Popular Culture
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The comic strip as a mainstay of print and more recently online media is an American invention that began its development in the last decades of the 1800s. For many decades in the mid-twentieth century, comic strips were among the most widely disseminated forms of popular culture. With their succession of panels, pictures, and pithy perspectives, comics have come to cover an array of topics, including religion. This chapter looks at how the Bible (Old and New Testament) figures in comic strips, focusing specifically on three areas: the depiction of the divine, renderings of specific biblical texts, and how comic strips can function as sites in which religious identity and controversies play out. Relevant examples are drawn from several dozen strips. Special attention is also paid to a few, like Peanuts and BC, in which biblical imagery, ideology, and idiom are characteristically portrayed in distinctive ways.
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