Is Super­man Cir­cum­cised?: The Com­plete Jew­ish His­to­ry of the World’s Great­est Hero

  • From the Publisher
September 1, 2020

Super­man is the most famous char­ac­ter in the world. He’s the first super­hero, an Amer­i­can icon‚ and he’s Jewish!

Intro­duced in 1938, the Man of Steel was cre­at­ed by two Jew­ish teens, the sons of immi­grants from East­ern Europe. They based their hero’s ori­gin sto­ry on Moses, his strength on Sam­son, his mis­sion on the golem, and his neb­bish secret iden­ti­ty on them­selves. They made him a refugee flee­ing cat­a­stro­phe on the eve of World War II and sent him to tear Nazi tanks apart near­ly two years before the US joined the war.

In fol­low­ing decades, Super­man’s most­ly Jew­ish writ­ers, artists, and edi­tors con­tin­ued to bor­row Jew­ish motifs for their sto­ries, bas­ing Kryp­ton’s past on Gen­e­sis and Exo­dus, the tri­al of Lex Luthor on Adolf Eich­man­n’s, and a future hol­i­day cel­e­brat­ing Super­man on Passover.

A fas­ci­nat­ing jour­ney through com­ic book lore, Amer­i­can his­to­ry, and Jew­ish tra­di­tion, this book exam­ines the entire­ty of Super­man’s career from 1938 to date, and is sure to give read­ers a new­found appre­ci­a­tion for the Men­sch of Steel!

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