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Thursday, May 12, 2011

Comic World Abuzz Over Bin Laden’s Death


An old comic book cover that shows President Obama punching Osama bin Laden in the nose has skyrocketed in value since the al-Qaida leader’s death. Comics expert A. David Lewis says the bin Laden buzz is just the latest chapter in the complicated history of Muslims in comics.

Some of the new Muslim superheroes ready to take on bad guys include Excalibur, a Pakistani-British doctor who wears a knight’s armor and a head scarf. And Nightrunner, Batman’s deputy in Paris and the son of Muslim immigrants, who has some conservative comic book fans up in arms.

We speak with Lewis, a theology student and co-editor of “Graven Images: Religion in Comic Books & Graphic Novels.”


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