Thursday, October 4, 2007
Marvel Super Hero...Make that Super Saint
Sometimes you just need a saint. (I'm sure you understand, Spidey.) In 1980 Marvel Comics issued a special comic book telling the life story of one of the most recognized and revered saints, Francis of Assisi. Featuring art penciled by legendary Marvel artist John Buscema (perhaps best known for his art of The Avengers, Silver Surfer and Conan the Barbarian), this one-shot comic was published in honor of the 800th anniversary of the birth of this gentle "troubadour of God." Thought I'd run the cover of this unique Marvel comic today, as October 4 is the date honoring St. Francis of Assisi. Watch your local news for stories of animals being blessed in your community, as Francis is well known as the patron saint of all creatures large and small—in other words, he's not exactly Conan the Barbarian.