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Disguised as Clark Kent : Jews, comics, and the creation of the superhero

Author: Danny Fingeroth
Publisher: New York : Continuum, 2007.
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"Jewish identity is historically about the push and pull toward and away from that very identity. As immigrants with a history of persecution, Jews came to America with their heads down but their eyes open, finding themselves presented with unprecedented freedom and opportunity." "Still, there were limits, spoken and unspoken, which often pushed Jews into fields with a hint of "second-class-ness" to them. Among  Read more...
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Genre/Form: Biography
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Fingeroth, Danny.
Disguised as Clark Kent.
New York : Continuum, 2007
(OCoLC)655105280
Material Type: Biography, Internet resource
Document Type: Book, Internet Resource
All Authors / Contributors: Danny Fingeroth
ISBN: 9780826417671 0826417671 9780826430144 0826430147
OCLC Number: 122701692
Description: 183 p., [8] p. of plates : ill. ; 24 cm.
Contents: Foreword --
Stan Lee --
Introduction --
My Country 'tis of Me --
Coming to Terms --
What's So Jewish About Superheroes, Anyway? --
Superhero Genesis --
Who He Is and How He Came to Be --
A Stranger among Us --
The Birth of Superman --
A Great Multitude --
Batman and Beyond --
Doctor of Doom --
Frederic Wertham's Superhero Complex --
Rebuilding the Temple --
The Silver Age of Comics --
Why Are These Heroes Different? --
The Marvel Revolution --
Love Thy Neighbor as Thyself --
The X-Men and the '70s --
As a Matter of Fact, I Am Jewish --
The Modern Age --
Unto the Next Generation --
The Jewish Superhero Future --
Bibliography --
Index.
Responsibility: Danny Fingeroth ; foreword by Stan Lee.
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A large number of the creators of the famous superheroes were of Jewish background, secular, religious, or both. This book explores how the Jewish consciousness of these individuals impacted the  Read more...

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"A very thoughtful, very smart, very readable exploration of its subject.It is an essential book for any serious student of comics history and a darn swell read to boot."-Tony Isabella, Comics Read more...

 
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