Hades has always been my favorite.  In the 4th grade, the teacher asked who was our favorite Greek god.  When I answered honestly, the other kids laughed and my teacher assumed I was kidding.  However, I refused to change my answer and so she gave me an after-school detention.  Later that school year, I wrote a report on Pluto, a planet until its recent celestial demotion, also named after the Lord of the Underworld.  And my favorite supervillain?  Lex Luthor.

I was never a fan of Superman.  Even in the 4th grade, I could tell that the Man of Steel was an obvious imitation of Jesus Christ.  Superman was boring and entitled, born with his powers instead of honing his craft like Lex Luthor.  I was fascinated by Lex’s ability to use only his human intellect to combat the greatest superhero on Earth, an extraterrestrial with superior strength and speed.  In any other story, Lex would have been the hero, like Will Smith, saving mankind from an alien nemesis. 

Superman was written by two Jews from Cleveland in the 1930’s, Jerry Siegel and Joe Shuster.  Siegel, similar to my own namesake, was originally Segalovich in the old country.  He admitted to the similarities of Superman as Jesus:  El is the Hebrew name of God and Superman’s real name is Kal-El, Star Child.  Jor-El, Superman’s father, sends his only son to Earth.   Clark was raised by Jonathan and Martha Kent, quite similar to the saintly Joseph and Mary.  Even Krypton sounds like Tikkun Olam, Hebrew for “repairing or healing”.  More accurately, it means “rectification of this world” which is exactly why Jesus/Superman visits Earth. 

Most obvious of all?  The surname Luthor sounds a lot like Lucifer.    

As a kid, I thought it utterly remarkable than someone could fight against the strongest man in the world using only his mind.  Lex has an eidetic memory and understands nearly every form of science from biochemistry to extra-dimensional travel.  He invents super-powered battle suits, genetically creates mega-dinosaurs, and even builds an atomic bomb to destroy Superman.  The atomic bomb issue, written in 1944, was forcibly delayed by the US War Department because of the secrecy around the Manhattan Project (ironically, Clark Kent lives in Metropolis, the DC version of New York City). 

How does any of this involve Trump?  Because the other day, I overhead the often-repeated hyperbole that Trump is the Devil, and I figured I could prove them right:

      In the 1980s, when writer John Byrne redesigned Superman, he based the description of Lex Luthor on Donald Trump, an unscrupulous and corporate megalomaniac (sic - purposeful dangling modifier). 

     And in 2001, in the comic book series titled, “Lex Luthor: Triumph (Trump!) over Tragedy,” Luthor becomes President of the United States whose first act is to undo the moratorium on fossil-based fuels.  

Thus, literary proof that ol’Trumpster is not only a supervillain, but also Satan!