Last week I was getting into my car at a public parking lot. The person in the neighboring space had parked too close, so I had to squeeze into the front seat past the door. As I did so, I looked down inside their car and saw a magazine called Bibleman, with a stern looking guy in a superhero costume on the cover, in the back seat.
It turns out that there was a kids’ video series called Bibleman that was produced for a number of years. I never saw it or heard of it, but it’s obviously a more recent effort to get kids interested in the Bible; the modern successor to those boring Davy and Goliath TV shows and Bible Illustrated comic books. But I found myself wondering: what does Bibleman do?
Given Bibleman’s outfit, he is obviously a fighting hero. If he draws upon the Old Testament, he could go around armed with a sling and some smooth stones, or perhaps a staff that allows him to part the water when necessary. The Old Testament was full of smiting and suffering and turning people into pillars of salt, so Bibleman beating the snot out of evildoers would fit right in. (And, if Bibleman ever got to the Song of Solomon, he might have even more diverse and interesting adventures.)
Of course, no good hero can be without supervillains to defeat against all odds. I’m guessing that Bibleman’s arch-nemeses were Mr. Sin and Foul Temptress, both of whom were agents of Satan — who was never seen but who clearly was always pulling the strings behind the scenes as part of some dimly perceived master plan. Mr. Sin would find people during their moments of sloth and weakness and sweet-talk them into straying from the path of righteousness, and Foul Temptress, using her Forbidden Fruit ray, would try to entice the faithful into listening to rock ‘n roll or wearing immodest clothing. And, given the unalterable norms for fighting heroes, did Bibleman have a youthful sidekick — perhaps Commandment Boy?