I can't recall this topic being discussed on this board before. But I've just been doing a little research of personal interest about the history of the superhero idea-- folklore, comics, novels, motion pictures...and scripture. Other than the basics to define the genre, I'm sure we don't need many details about the best known ones and their different powers and methods. So we'll just say they have impossible-- or at least very unusual-- abilities which they choose to use for good rather than selfish gain. Ability to fly, superhuman strength, indestructable body, or incredible ingenuity are probably the most common traits. So, considering all this from the objective viewpoint of someone who regards the Bible as one among many books of myths and legends, Jesus would be the ultimate superhero. He could not be hurt, physically or otherwise, unless he chose to let it happen-- which he would do for a greater good. So he was indestructable, he "flew" into heaven, he 'materialized' in a room, he could heal or restore life, and until he allowed himself to be harmed, he escaped a lynch mob and the mob to arrest fell down just at his words. How can someone who is the objective reader or hearer be convinced of the gospel as long as there are so many other examples of superheros? But it does seem that Jesus has not been so directly associated with the superhero genre. But I have seen such association with the biblical character who meets that description almost as well; perhaps in some ways better.... Samson. He had superhuman strength-- or did he? I have to think so... carrying off city gates, killing how many with a blunt weapon like a jackass' jawbone? It's even part of the superhero genre to have a secret weakness-- i.e., Superman's cryptonite-- and that's where the great misunderstanding about Samson comes from. Many references have been made to the idea that Samson's "strength was in his hair," so when he told his secret and lost his hair, he lost his strength. It's too easy to see how someone can conclude that. But the fact is, of course, that he was a Nazarite, and his hair being cut was the last of the lifelong vows he violated. Nevertheless, he is equated with Hercules, and he does share some interesting parallels-- both had a divinity-inspired birth, both fought and killed a lion, both underwent humiliation. And another objective view of the history of the region includes the idea that Israelite tribe of Dan [Samson was a Danite], may have been more Canaanite, or even Philistine, themselves than Israeli. This has been used to explain Samson's lack of devoutness for Mosaic law, in spite of his being a Yaweh-chosen leader. [And, as an aside, it is interesting that the tribe of Dan is not mentioned in the 144,000 in Revelation.] I don't know if this is a subject anyone is interested in discussing, or whether I've focused the points very well. But I suppose the chief question may be: if someone responds of the gospel with the attitude that the Bible is just ancient literature, not too unlike other such writing, and this superhero angle is used as an example... how should it be handled? What would be our answer?