There are any number of ways of looking at the Jewish aspects of the seventy-five year old comics industry in America. One could take a biographical approach or chronicle the historical events that helped shaped the comics field. One could explore the subtext of comic book stories to reveal the Jewish metaphors found between the lines, summarize the plots of comics with Jewish characters and add commentary, or focus on the publishing history of a specific genre or type of publisher (alternative, independent, mainstream) or a specific period (Golden Age, Silver Age, or Bronze Age).
Arie Kaplan ambitiously interweaves all of these approaches. Besides reading many, many comics for his research, Kaplan interviewed legendary comics creators; excerpts from these conversations appear throughout the book. Occasional sidebars highlight interesting factoids that don’t easily fit into the main text. The book includes reproductions, many in color, and. is highly recommended. Bibliography, index, timeline.