“Is Superman Circumcised?: The Complete Jewish History of the World’s Greatest Hero” by Roy Schwartz— The Jewish Superhero

Schwartz, Roy. “Is Superman Circumcised?: The Complete Jewish History of the World’s Greatest Hero”, McFarland, 2021.

The Jewish Superhero

Amos Lassen

“Superman is the original superhero, an American icon, and arguably the most famous character in the world–and he’s Jewish”. Superman first came to us in June 1938, having been created by two Jewish teens, Jerry Siegel, the son of immigrants from Eastern Europe, and Joe Shuster, an immigrant. The idea was based on the story of Moses, on the strength on Samson, on the mission on the golem and on secret identity. Superman was originally a refugee fleeing World War II and was sent to tear Nazi tanks apart nearly two years before America joined the war. In the following decades, Superman’s mostly Jewish writers, artists, and editors continued to use Jewish motifs for their stories, basing Krypton’s past on Genesis and Exodus, its society on Jewish culture, the trial of Lex Luthor on Adolf Eichmann’s, and a future holiday celebrating Superman on Passover.

Roy Schwartz takes us on a journey through comic book and American history, and Jewish tradition as we read about Superman’s career from 1938 to today. This is both a fun and scholarly read.

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