along the heated trail of the man who created muslim superheroes -New York Times
Muslim children need new role models. That is the message at the heart of The 99, a comic book of superheroes who each exemplify one of the 99 qualities that Muslims believe Allah embodies, like generosity, strength and patience. READ more...


'99' Muslim superheroes star in new documentary -USA Today
Naif Al-Mutawa, originator of the Muslim-inspired superheroes of The 99 comic-book series, got a shout-out from President Obama last year for helping to foster international tolerance. Now those superheroes are the focus of a new documentary, Wham! Bam! Islam! READ more...


Getting to the Heart of Wham! Bam! Islam! and Mutawa's The 99 -Reza Aslan Media
As expected, Sunday’s PBS airing of the documentary “Wham! Bham! Islam,” filmmaker Isaac Solotaroff’s glimpse into the meteoric success of "The 99" - the Muslim superhero comic books created by American educated Kuwaiti psychologist Dr. Naif Al-Mutawa - has elicited controversy from READ more...

Wham! Bam! Islam! -Bright Lights Film Journal
In July 2010, Dr. Naif Al-Mutawa presented a lecture as part of the nonprofit TED (Technology, Entertainment, Design) “Ideas Worth Spreading” series, entitled “Superheroes Inspired by Islam.” In April of that same year, President Obama singled out Al-Mutawa as a constructive force in spreading READ more...

TV Review: Wham! Bam! Islam! -Blog Critics
PBS' award-winning Independent Lens series opens its tenth season on October 13th at 10pm with Wham! Bam! Islam!, a documentary about a Kuwaiti psychologist and entrepreneur educated at the Columbia Business School who believed he had a way to help reinforce positive traditional Islamic READ more...

Muslim Superheroes: 'Wham! Bam! Islam!'
-PopMatters
“Where are the women?” Arriving in an office full of men, Marie Javins asks a good question. The answer is at once revealing and not: “You’re the woman!” the men agree, smiling. A veteran comics editor and colorist, she’s entering into a new environment at the start of the documentary READ more...

Wham! Bam! Islam! -Technocrati
Imagine America without comic books. Kind of hard, isn’t it? Comic books are right up there with whatever’s American—apple pie, Chevy, rock ‘n roll—and are a taken-for-granted part of American culture. So much so that we forget that what is everyday in America is not READ more...

Meet Wham! Bam! Islam! -Read The Spirit
PBS’ 10th season of Independent Lens kicked off recently with a delightful and inspiring documentary: Wham! Bam! Islam! Our recommendation: Don’t miss this film! If you’ve already missed it on PBS, read this story to discover other ways you can enjoy The 99 and Wham! Bam! Islam! READ more...

Review: Wham! Bam! Islam! Illume Magazine
Wham! Bam! Islam! premiered last week on PBS while it premiered last night in some other markets. As part of the Independent Lens series on PBS, Wham! Bam! Islam! is about Dr. Naif Al-Mutawa of Kuwait and his quest to create a band of superheroes for Muslim youth to look READ more...

The 99 is the superhero subject of "WHAM! BAM! ISLAM!" -The Examiner
Several weeks after September 11, four television shows became a light for those dark days that lies ahead. While 24's Jack Bauer was beginning his one-man war against terrorism, Mutant X was fighting to protect a world that didn't even they existed, as Smallville and the cartoon Justice League READ more...

Naif Al-Mutawa fights to bring ‘THE 99’ and its message to wide U.S. audience
-Washington Post
Naif Al-Mutawa, a psychologist from Kuwait, was riding in a London taxi not long after the Sept. 11, 2001, attacks when he had an idea. To counter the terrorists’ message, he wanted to create a children’s television series about superheroes who embody the values, culture and history of Islam and the Middle East. READ more...

Wham! Bam! Islam! -Colors Magazine
Can the world of fictional superheroes have a positive impact on real life? Dr. Naif Al-Mutawa, a Kuwaiti psychologist, thinks so: he's designed an Islam-inspired comic book series, The 99, to create exemplary role models for Muslim youths. Named after the 99 attributes READ more...

Muslim superheroes series meets resistance in U.S. -CNN
Naif Al-Mutawa anticipated a struggle when he launched an Islam-inspired comic book series that he hoped would become a symbol of tolerance. He worried about the comics being banned in Saudi Arabia - which wound up READ more...

Wham! Bam! Islam! -Today.com
Jabbar the Powerful is a Saudi Arabian teen with superhuman strength. Jami the Assembler is a Hungarian prodigy who can instantly create gadgets and weapons. Sami the Listener, from Sudan, has super-hearing. Those are just a few of the colorful members of The 99, an READ more...

WHAM! BAM! ISLAM!' Documents Reaction To Islam-Inspired Superheroes 'The 99'
-Comics Alliance
The 99 is a comic book series about a group of multi-ethnic superheroes with a basis in Islamic culture and faith. An animated series based on the comic was meant to debut in the United States last year, but was interrupted amid prejudicial outrage on behalf of some of the American media who characterized the work as a READ more...