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Miscellaneous Comic Book References to Utah

Below are notes about Utah comic book references which have not yet been further researched or commented upon.
EARTH-5540 Mass demonic possession in Salt Lake City on 12th October 1984 in this reality -Adventures of Luther Arkwright
Fearing his potential to destroy the world, the new Hellions broke into a Department of Defense warehouse in Utah to retrieve the Armageddon Man - one of the first recorded mutants, kept in suspended animation by the military for more than 40 years. King Bedlam manipulated his brother to lure X-Force to his Santa Lucia compound. Once the mutants had been captured, King Bedlam used them to release the Armageddon Man. But Tarot betrayed the Hellions, freeing the members of X-Force from Paradigm's control and allowing them to stop the Armageddon Man.

Chris Claremont (writer), Bob McLeod (artist)
Marvel Graphic Novel #4: The New Mutants. New York City: Marvel Comics Group (1982).
Approx. year of story: 1982
Utah is seen on a map (along with Idaho, Wyoming, and Colorado) on page 13.

Deathlok v3 #2
"the Crawl" pt 2
"Thrill-Kill Confidential"
W: Joe Casey
D: Leonardo Manco
Published: October 1999

Col. Nick Fury, Lawrence Young, Seagrum, Kelso, Jackson, Billy Bailey/Jack Truman,
Bea Bailey, Ted Bailey, Clown("Crafty" Eliot Franklin), Deathlok V(Agent 18/Jack Truman), 
Zero Company.

Pg8: Utah state prison.
The Clown ("Crafty" Eliot Franklin) escapes from prison.

Mormon Battalion comic

Our Fighting Forces #135
1954 Series - DC, January-February 1972, , 36 pages. 
Format: 36 pages; standard color comic 

Zoom: Medium Large 

Cover Credits:
Joe Kubert (Pencils) Joe Kubert (Inks) ? (Colors) ? (Letters)

Cover Feature: Losers

Editor: Joe Kubert
- - - - -
The Mormon Battalion 
(Sequence 3 , 6 pages ) 

Ric Estrada (Script), Ric Estrada (Pencils), Ric Estrada (Inks), ? (Colors), ? (Letters).

Recent events have been even more trying for Walker. His fiancee, Zora, was killed in a superbattle, killed by a hero who had been given unstable powers by the government. Walker went public with this, much to the government's distress, and as a result he was fired. However his skills became needed once more, and he was asked to rejoin the force. Then a rogue Power destroyed Utah, the Gaza strip, and the Vatican, as an attempt to rid the world of religion. This caused worldwide panic, and all Powers became outlawed as a result. How this will affect Walker is as yet unknown.

That summer, back at home in Utah, during a Boy Scout outing, Indy tried to foil the plans of robbers planning to steal old Spanish-American artifacts, including the Cross of Coronado. During his encounter with the thieves, Indy gained some of his most notable characteristics: his affinity for the bullwhip, the scar across his chin, intense fear of snakes, and his distinctive brown fedora. Later in the summer, Indy meets an Anasazi man who claims to be Billy the Kid. With his help, Indy helps stop a pair of bank robbers...

In May Indy's school in Utah burns down, ending the year early. Making sure that Indy doesn't lose out in his studies, his father sends him off with a graduate assistant to southern France. The goal of their trip is to find a letter from King Louis IX, send before the king's second crusade. Instead they find a jewel-encrusted crown swiped from Louis by gypsies. Immediately after his French escapade, Indy is dragged to Constantinople as his father pursues the Holy Grail. Luckily, also joining him is Herman Mueller and together they investigate the trail of a knife believed to be linked to the legend of Cain and Abel. Their adventure is cut somewhat short when Indy's father hears of the assassination of Austrian Archduke Franz Ferdinand and leaves Turkey...

Indy spends the 1927-1928 school year teaching at a small New England college. Once classes end, he plans to resume studies with fellow archaeologist Mara Rogers (they met during the southern France dig in 1924). Unfortunately, he receives a telegram announcing delays in their plans, so Indy heads off to Utah to study the Anasazi ruins without her. His traveling companion, Jack Shannon, is kidnapped by Roland Walcott (long thought dead) who mistakes Jack for Indy. Walcott's plan is to trade Indy/Jack for Mara's knowledge of a unicorn's horn. But Mara turns the tables on Walcott, saying that she will kill Indy herself before giving up the horn. Later, Marcus Brody and Indy work together with a fake horn to trick Mara out of the original. Once they recover the horn, Indy returns to the Anasazi ruins and replaces the horn in the crevice which dynamite...

When he returns to the states, Indiana rescues a colleague, Petryk, from Chicago mobsters and then goes to Utah to check on some seemingly contradictory information about the Anasazi culture. After a few adventures wit the mobsters, Indy meets with some of the supposedly extinct Indians and finally returns to Barnett College.

Real Name: Dan Baker

Identity/Class: Human mutate

Occupation: Soldier; post-war private investigator

Affiliations: member of Strikeforce: Morituri

Enemies: The Horde, the Wind

Known Relatives: Yoko Wantanabe (wife, Burn), two unnamed children

Aliases: None

Base of Operations: Strikeforce: Morituri's Mag-Lev Train, constantly travelling across the continental U.S.A.

First Appearance: Strikeforce: Morituri (Marvel Comics)

Powers/Abilities: Like all members of the Morituri, Scanner's strength and endurance are superhuman. His senses are extremely powerful - for example, he can see spaceships orbiting overhead.

History: Dan Baker volunteered for the Morituri process after witnessing the Horde destroying both his home town (and his pregnant fiancee) and the city he worked in (Salt Lake City) using a pair of asteroids fired from orbit. With no reasons left to live, he expected to use the powers the process would grant him to take the fight to the Horde, and then die from the Morituri effect. Ironically, he was one of the Strikeforce who survived the war and the process, thanks to the discovery of the cure for the lethal side-effects. He subsequently led the surviving Morituri in fighting a conspiracy to take over the government, after which he married his teammate Burn.

Some years later the pair had two children. Dan supported the family by using his enhanced senses as a private investigator. Their peaceful life was disrupted when the VXX-199 aliens whose arrival had ended the Horde war revealed their own plans to harvest humanity. Along with his former teammates Scanner fought against the VXX-199 plot, successfully thwarting it.

Written by Frank Lovece, who kindly supplied corrections and additional information to the above page, and who describes Trip as "a failed standup comic who, through circumstances, finds himself Earth's champion against interdimensional religious warriors who are ruthless, bloodthirsty, and extremely polite."

Michigan State University Libraries
Special Collections Division
Reading Room Index to the Comic Art Collection

   Book of Mormon Stories. -- Salt Lake City, Utah : Church of
   Christ of Latter-Day Saints, 1978. -- 109 p. : col. ill. ;
   28 cm. -- About Joseph Smith and the church. -- Genre:
   Religious.  -- Call no.: BX8638.B6 1978

   Nephi the Valiant / by Eileen Chabott Wendel. -- Salt Lake
   City, Utah : Deseret Book Co., 1960. -- 37 p. : ill. (gold
   and black) ; 26 cm. -- (Stories from the Golden Records;
   book 2) -- Spiral-bound. -- Nephi is a figure from the Book
   of Mormon. -- Genre: Religious. -- Call no.: BX8627.5.N4W4

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Re: Religion in Comic Books
Posted: Aug 20, 2005 11:29 PM

Ok, I'm working on my own comic right now(just for fun) about a character who is a Mormon.(not to screw with your rules, but I have a serious point to make) I'm not a Mormon, but working on this book has got me to understand the religion more. i think that when you read a book about a character who is "octopus worrshiper", If you open your mind, you might just learn something! One of the things that makes this world fun to live in is all of the different ideas that are floating around out there about spirituality. When you really examine it, the real differences between most religions are cosmetic.
12/03/2004 09:50:14 PM

Superheroes add punch to LDS culture
by Robert Kirby
Salt Lake Tribune columnist

Mormon merchandising hit a new peak last month with the release of an LDS comic book titled The Golden Plates from Marvel (marvelous Work and A Wonder) Comics.

OK, I made that last part up.

The author of The Golden Plates is Mike Allred, who is proving that animated videos and nonthreatening fiction are not the only markets left to exploit for a church that was once in the publishing market but not of it.

I haven't received a complete copy of The Golden Plates yet, but what I have seen raises some serious questions. If we are going to make it in the comic book world, we need to spin off more mainstream characters.

We already have our superheroes. There's the Fantastic Four (the Bishopric), Wonder Woman (Relief Society President), the EX-Men (Stake High Council) and the omnipotent Justice League (BYU standards).

But what about villains? There can't just be one, as in Satan. That hardly seems fair. We need some serious superfoe to challenge the comic book version of the gospel.

We can't just copy a genre. We need our villainous figures to arise from already established LDS troubles.

For example, divorced and single sisters in the faith can't imagine a worse evil comic book villain than the Gold & Green Goblin, an LDS lounge lizard who disrupts singles dances with his repulsive antics.

What about the arch female villain Caff Woman? Just imagine a babe in a modest body suit slinking about Gospel City with a caffeine agenda. Makes your blood run colder than a Pepsi, doesn't it?

I wouldn't have brought this up but for the fact that caffeine still seems to be a huge issue. Last week, a delivery guy stopped me in Smith's and said that a woman in his ward refused to date him because he worked for Coca-Cola.

Now we're getting somewhere. Everyone knows that cola drinks are Mormon kryptonite for Seminaryman. Let's hope he stays away from that stuff.

There's the Rating Riddler, an evil genius who seeks to destroy the morale of unwary Gospel City inhabitants through confusing movie reviews. Hopefully, BAT(Bear A Testimony)man can defeat him.

Can Returned Missionary Boy keep Less Active Man from stealing all the food storage in the world? Can he resist the advances of Dear John Girl? "Holy She Didn't Wait, BATman!"

OK, things are getting a little weird now. Let's get back to more established LDS superheroes, characters such as Captain Active, the Holy Hulk and the Green Liahona.

Follow along as The Cougarine enables BYU to regain its important NCAA football standing by slashing to pieces the brutish SaberUte.

And forget the last day of the month. The Flash can get his home teaching AND tithing settlement done in the last four seconds of the year.

Finally, for those who don't get their home teaching done at all, there's The Danite, a Mormon knockoff of The Punisher, who drops by their house and lays some serious hands on them.

If Mormon comic book superheroes and villains aren't your cup of Postum, you can relax. There are always the less-violent knockoffs sure to arise.

I got dibs on a great new missionary comic book: Elder Calvin & Elder Hobbes.

Jake Black

Jake Black was born in Orem, Utah, and he lives in Salt Lake City. His work includes credits on all things Smallville; Black¹s touch appears on the comic book series, DVD set, and magazine, and he¹s written over 50 articles for the show's official in-character website The Smallville Torch. He has written for,, and, as well as for local magazines. In comics, Black has worked for Silent Devil Productions, Orson Scott Card¹s Wyrms for Dabel Brothers Productions, The International Journal of Comic Art, the 2005 San Diego Comic Con Souvenir Book, and Viper Comics' Dead@17: Rough Cut vol. 3.
Juicy Mother 2 Finds A Sugar Mama!
Great news. Manic D Press will publish Volume 2 of Juicy Mother, the freewheeling queer comic anthology whose first edition, edited by Jennifer Camper and published by Soft Skull Press, featured Alison Bechdel, Ariel Schrag, Howard Cruse, G.B. Jones, myself, and more.

As mentioned previously in this space, Volume 2 includes an outrageous comics jam between me, Camper, Alison Bechdel and Diane DiMassa called "A Perfect Match". It also has chapter 1 of "Zion", my Mormon-Jewish teenage love story set in southwest Utah.

Stay tuned for more details and additional sneak peeks at Zion:

Annie Overdrive
Real Name: Unrevealed, presumably Annie
Occupation: Truck driver
Other Aliases: Unrevealed
Place of Birth: Unrevealed
Marital Status: Unrevealed
Known Relatives: None
Group Affiliation: None
Source of Powers: None
First Appearance (voice only): Punisher Vol.2 #12
List of Appearances:
Punisher Vol.2 #12 (talks with Punisher, tells him about the situation in Utah)

aunders, Gary
Real Name: Gary Saunders
Occupation: Homicidal maniac. Law major, former Red Cross volunteer at the University of Washington
Other Aliases:
Place of Birth: Presumed in Spokane
Marital Status: Single
Known Relatives: None
Group Affiliation:
Source of Powers: None
Powers/Abilities: Gary Saunders is a psychopatic killer, highly intelligent, never showing signs of being a crazy killer before he was captured by the police
Cause of Death:
First Appearance: Punisher Vol.2 #12
History: Gary Saunders grew up in Spokane, never showing any signs of abnormailty. He majored in law, and served as a Red Cross volunteer at University of Washington. He was a popular man on campus and active in the chess and debate clubs. He was caught cheating and expelled. In april 1984 he was finally caught by the police, having left a trail of rape and murder across the United States. He was brought to trial in Utah. He was found guilty on five conts of first degree murder and sentenced to death. Since then he has been placed in Utah State Maximum security facilities.
List of Appearances:
Punisher Vol.2 #12 (Punisher has learned that people are planning to break Gary Saunders out of prison, he decides he wants to take them all down, getting Saunders to pay for the 35 women whom Saunders has killed)
Final Appearance:
comic book writer/artist Rick Remender

Tuesday, July 17, 2007
The Rick Remender Interview

The FEAR AGENT author speaks with Michael May

At the risk of creating hyperbole where I don't intend it, I'm going to think back on 2005 as the year of Rick Remender. From the moment he reached above the high-concept of pirate-vampires and grabbed an actual story in Sea of Red #1, I knew Remender would be a writer to watch. When his next two titles, Strange Girl and Night Mary, turned out to be strong, character-driven horror comics, I became a fan. Now he's trying something new in science fiction by exploring old, two-fisted pulp with Fear Agent and I'm actually giddy.

I wanted to find out more about this guy who's able to inject such strong characterization into such fun concepts and stories, so I asked him some stuff.

MM: The first issue of Strange Girl painted such a black-and-white picture of the characters and then the third issue added in all this really interesting gray. ThatÕs got to be an intentional parallel for the way religious thought develops, right?

RR: Other than Bethany's parents being psycho fundamentalists I donÕt really see what was heavy-handed in issue #1. I really just read what the Bible says about the Day of Judgment and wrote a story about a girl who didnÕt make the grade for some reason. If it seemed like a harsh interpretation, go read how itÕs described. It sounds harsh to me. I also might have just failed in my attempt. ItÕs more important to me to just pose the questions that this character would be asking herself opposed to answering them. As for things in #3 changing the tone, if the charactersÕ revelations in a story come before you have built up an investment in a relationship with the characters then whatÕs the point? It just becomes people doing stuff. In the case of Strange Girl I had a vision of how to build these characters up before tearing them down. That takes time and so for someone who only read issue #1, they donÕt really have a clue as to what the tone of the book actually is.

MM: I was actually thinking specifically about Bethany's parents. I donÕt think you were overly harsh in your depiction of the Day of Judgment, but for her folks, things are very right-or-wrong for them in the first issue. TheyÕre religious jerks. Later though we see a different side to them. They may still not be the WorldÕs Greatest Parents, but you can see that they do care for Bethany.

I was probably reading too much into it, but I thought I saw a metaphor there for the way most people with a new belief system start off approaching it very legalistically -- trying to get the rules down -- but as they get more comfortable with it and internalize it, they begin to mellow out and realize that there's more to it than just following a rulebook. I was wondering if that might be a theme in the series, with Bethany thinking she's got the rules figured out and then realizing that there's more to what's going on than she realizes. Like I said, maybe I'm thinking too hard, but it really is a fascinating series and I see a lot of depth there beyond just the post-apocalyptic adventures of a cute girl.

RR: Yeah, that was intended to show both sides of the coin. Something that seemed two dimensional at first wasnÕt. I also wanted to make sure she came to terms with the fact that her parents werenÕt villains, just people with a specific belief system.

MM: What's your religious background?

RR: My Mom's family is Mormon. She tried to get me to go to church, but it was clear at an early age that it wasn't going to stick. I'm a fairly agnostic person. I find it arrogant that any one person or group thinks they have any of the answers to what's behind all of this. It's a big unknown. I just do my best to follow my own personal moral compass and make sure I live a life I'll be proud of.

MM: How much of Strange Girl is based on research into religious texts and how much is based on popular views of the Christian Apocalypse?

RR: Well obviously I had to read up on both. There is a great web site I found that actually breaks down the New Testament and gives modern day Christian interpretations of it. So I'm basing the story on what it says in the New Testament and basing my God's laws on the exact text therein.


THE PULSE: Are you a Christian? If so, how does that affect your work here? If not, why was this something you wanted to explore? Has it made you think differently about God, Jesus and what's next in the afterlife?

REMENDER: IÕm Agnostic; I donÕt think there is enough information to make any decisions about religion. My Mom's side of the family is very religious, they are Mormon



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PostPosted: Thu May 11, 2006 5:03 pm    Post subject: 	Reply with quote
WyA wrote:
Awwwwwww man! You come to Salt Lake the day I'll be in Baltimore! BAH! Well I'll have to baptize you another time then. Have fun man. Oh and you should really check out Nightflight comics, it's the best shop around.


That cherry is popped-- I was baptized Mormon when I was seven!
Little known fact. I will try and sin the place up while I'm there though Smile

Whats up in Baltimore?
Rick Remender 


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PostPosted: Thu May 11, 2006 5:27 pm    Post subject: 	Reply with quote
HARPER wrote:
You don't get baptized until yer 8th birthday-- Duh.

Then I was eight. Get off my back, old man.

I smell a bit of the God water on you as well if I'm if not mistaken....


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PostPosted: Tue Apr 05, 2005 12:34 pm    Post subject: 	Reply with quote

So you read the Christian Bible to say that if I'm a child molester with a cauldron of boiling human babies in my bedroom that I eat on Sundays while I have homosexual relations that I'm good on the Rapture as long as I accept Jesus into my heart?

No, beyond accepting Jesus into your heart your admission into heaven is also based on the sins you commit as well. There are also different levels of Hell specified for each specific sin. From my research and everything I've read there are numerous stipulations to getting your E ticket to Heaven punched on judgment day. Many of the characters in my story are varying to quite complex degrees of good and evil (biblical evil that is since evil is a term with no true universal meaning or value of it's own but is defined by personal perception). That is a major point of the story; watching the human characters deal with trying to figure out what they did wrong. For some it's very clear, for Bethany Black it eluders her and is a cause of great frustration. But there is a method to my madness that will be revealed eventually.

Hope that helps clear up your problem with my premise. IÕm not writing this story from the left or right IÕm focusing on the wonderful world of the middle where I can point out hypocrisy on both sides of the religious argument.

Rick Remender 

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