Many writers and fans believed this denominational affiliation best captures and explains the character as he has been portrayed over the years.

For example, popular comic book writer Mark Millar () has written that Superman is a Methodist.

Instead of being , he is raised during the cold war with an appreciation for Karl Marx and a devotion to Comrade Stalin.

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Children of immigrant Jews, Siegel and Shuster were not unlike many in their generation in their desire to fit in to the general population.

The creation of Superman and his alter ego Clark Kent was a manifestation of the desire by Siegel and Shuster to "pass" in mainstream population and also to assert control in a world that had often left them feeling powerless, such as when Siegel's father was murdered.

Later on this same page, Superman mentions "the solid, moral foundation my foster parents gave" him. Maggin, an observant Jew who is one of Superman's most popular and influential contemporary chroniclers, stated in a 1998 interview that Clark Kent and the entire family are Methodists.

Although possibly not "canonical" at the time that Maggin gave this interview, this notion appeared already to have widespread support and subsequently grew in popularity.

So he decided to distance himself from such close-contact, frequent congregational worship and put his faith in "the best that humanity has to offer" (, the adult Clark Kent continued to visit and consult with the minister at his family church, even after he had begun his career as Superman.

This does not mean, however, that the adult Superman attends weekly church services (he does not).

As Clark later told his wife, Lois Lane, he stopped attending services becaues he "knew too much about their lives -- their problems -- their lies...

[he] was afraid" that he might lose his faith in people.

(It is well worth mentioning that Ross contributes a number of new painted illustrations to the Maggin novel! Sales have been steady for the Maggin novelization. I started at the beginning and went straight for the jugular.