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Look! Up in the Sky! It’s a Bird! A Plane! Jesus?

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Here’s to good intentions. DC Comics has announced that the comic book giant will be releasing a new parody series based on Jesus Christ through the companies DC Vertigo line. The adult graphic novel was written by Mark Russell with artwork created by Richard Pace and will arrive on store shelves on March 6, 2019.

A far cry from earlier religious comics from Spire in the 1970's, this new one will be tried out as a limited series but could becoming a regular one if it becomes popular. Second Coming is described by DC as follows:

“Witness the return of Jesus Christ, as He is sent on a most holy mission by God to learn what it takes to be the true messiah of mankind by becoming roommates with the world’s favorite savior: the all-powerful super hero Sun-Man, the Last Son of Krispex! But when Christ returns to Earth, he’s shocked to discover what has become of his gospel—and now, he aims to set the record straight.”

At this point, it’s hard to know if Russell, who has written a …

This Day in Pop Culture for September 7

Hong Kong Phooey Rises
The 30-minute Saturday morning cartoon show known as Hong Kong Phooey debuted on this day in 1974. Although fairly popular, only 16 episodes of the show were produced by Hanna-Barbera. The show centered around police station janitor, Penrod “Penry” Pooch, who would jump into a filing cabinet and pop out as Hong Kong Phooey. The show was a parody of kung fu movies and superhero shows. With the aid of Spot the cat (who had stripes), the pup would use a gong to transform his “Phooeymobile” into different vehicles depending on what was needed at the time. The show featured the voice talents of Scatman Crothers as Penry, Joe E. Ross (who appeared on Car 54 Where Are You?) as Sarge (who also voiced Botch, the assistant zookeeper on Help! It’s the Hair Bear Bunch) and Kathy Gori as the police secretary, Rosemary.

Corbin Bernsen's Birthday
On this day in 1954, Corbin Dean Bernsen was born in North Hollywood as the son of Hollywood producer (Harry Bernson, Jr.) and soap opera actress (Jeanne Cooper). Bernsen's first acting role was uncredited in Elvis Presley's movie, Clambake in 1967. In 1986, He starred in his most famous role on NBC's L.A. Law. In 2010, Bernsen wrote, directed and starred in his first faith-base movie, Rust. The next year he created his own production company, Home Theater Films which produces family-friendly, faith-based films as well. In 2014, he created Christian Mingle: the Movie, which starred Lacey Chaber. Currently, he can be seen on the TV series Billions and will appear in the upcoming film, Reach.


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