It must have been awesome naming super heroes in the 30s, 40s and 50s. Back then all a writer had to do was to add “Man” onto some sort of animal. Batman, Spider-Man and Ant Man were a little on the nose. So were names like the Scarlet Witch and the Invisible Woman. How long did those naming meetings take?
Writer 1: She’s a witch and she’s red.
Writer 2: What about the Red Witch?
Writer 1: No. That’s a little obvious. What about the Scarlet Witch?
Writer 2: Perfect! What about this hero? She can make herself invisible.
Writer 1: What about Invisigirl?
Writer 2: Too difficult to spell. What about the Invisible Woman?
Writer 1: Classic.
Writer 2: Hopefully these characters will be enduring enough for movie studios to destroy them with a 2-hour, blatant cash-grab.
Names carry a lot of meaning for super heroes and they also carry a lot of meaning for the Messiah.
Before the first Christmas, when the Israelites were waiting for the Messiah, Isaiah gave them some hints as to what the Messiah would be like. He shared with them some names that helped describe who the Messiah would be and what he would do.
For to us a child is born,
to us a son is given,
and the government will be on his shoulders.
And he will be called
Wonderful Counselor, Mighty God,
Everlasting Father, Prince of Peace.
Those four names: Wonderful Counselor, Mighty God, Everlasting Father and Prince of Peace would have carried a lot of meaning for the Israelites. They can also carry a lot of meaning for us as well as we think about how Jesus wants to work in our lives today.
Let’s take a little closer look at each of those names and a comic book character that goes along with each one.
Wonderful Counselor – Professor X