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From Krakow to Krypton : Jews and comic books

Author: Arie Kaplan
Publisher: Philadelphia : Jewish Publication Society, 2008.
Edition/Format:   eBook : Document : Biography : English : 1st edView all editions and formats
Jews created the first comic book, the first graphic novel, the first comic book convention, the first comic book specialty store, and they helped create the underground comics (or "Comix") movement of the late '60s and early '70s. Many of the creators of the most famous comic books, such as Superman, Spiderman, X-Men, and Batman, as well as the founders of MAD magazine, were Jewish. From Krakow to Krypton: Jews and  Read more...

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Genre/Form: Electronic books
Criticism, interpretation, etc
Additional Physical Format: Print version:
Kaplan, Arie.
From Krakow to Krypton.
Philadelphia : Jewish Publication Society, 2008
(DLC) 2008003254
Material Type: Biography, Document, Internet resource
Document Type: Internet Resource, Computer File
All Authors / Contributors: Arie Kaplan
ISBN: 9780827610439 0827610432 0827608438 9780827608436
OCLC Number: 649915298
Awards: Commended for National Jewish Book Award (American Jewish Studies) 2008
Description: 1 online resource (xiv, 225 pages) : color illustrations
Contents: pt. 1. The Golden Age (1933-1955): the birth of the comics. ch. 1. Famous funnies --
ch. 2. Leger and Reuths --
ch. 3. Supergolem --
ch. 4. Attack of the clones --
ch. 5. People of the (comic) book --
ch. 6. The spirit of the times --
ch. 7. The Leaden Age --
ch. 8. Why we fight --
ch. 9. New trends and innocent seducers --
pt. 2. The Silver Age (1956-1978): the growth and development of Jewish comics. ch. 10. Super family values --
ch. 11. Broome makes a clean sweep --
ch. 12. Stan and Jack --
ch. 13. The superhero from Queens --
ch. 14. Courting the college crowd --
ch. 15. Outsider heroes --
ch. 16. Openly Jewish, openly heroic --
ch. 17. Kirby's fourth world --
ch. 18. Notes from the underground --
ch. 19. From novel graphics to graphic novels --
pt. 3. The Bronze Age (1979-the present): comics in the modern world. ch. 20. From comix to graphix --
ch. 21. The Maus that art built --
ch. 22. A graphic approach to Jewish history --
ch. 23. The Martian Jew --
ch. 24. Children of the atom--and Eve --
ch. 25. Vertigo visions --
ch. 26. Up, up, and away--but where to?
Responsibility: Arie Kaplan.


Many of the creators of the most famous comic books, such as "Superman", "Spiderman", "X-Men", and "Batman", as well as the founders of "MAD Magazine", were Jewish. This title tells their stories and  Read more...


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"In From Krakow to Krypton, Arie Kaplan threads together the disparate elements of comicdom--Jewish culture, geek culture, fandom, sci-fi, adolescent power fantasies, outsider art, and the New York Read more...

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