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He is clearly the most influential character in the comic book super-hero genre.
Superman's Moses-like origin and his Midwestern WASP-ish (White Anglo-Saxon Protestant) persona are widely regarded as a symbol of Jewish assimilation.
Children of immigrant Jews, Siegel and Shuster were not unlike many in their generation in their desire to fit in to the general population.
Of Clark's parents, Martha is the more devout churchgoer. While growing up in Smallville, Kansas, Clark Kent attended Sunday church services at the local Methodist church with his mother, Martha Kent, every week until he was fourteen years old.
These aspects of the character are not speculative, but are canonical - established by in-continuity published DC Comics.
Instead of being , he is raised during the cold war with an appreciation for Karl Marx and a devotion to Comrade Stalin.
Throughout all of his incarnations, Superman has maintained his rural Midwestern Protestant upbringing, although rarely have the words "Protestant" or "Christian" been explicitly attached to his background.
Superman is sometimes spoken of as being "Jewish." This may be an attempt to honor the fact that the writer and artist who created the character were Jewish.
The father and super-powered son are framed in front of a Christian church (note the cross on the tower or steeple in the background).
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.