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March 2nd, 2010
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Jews and Comic Books - References, Anyone?

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From:talktooloose
Date:March 3rd, 2010 01:58 pm (UTC)
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Read The Amazing Adventures of Kavalier and Clay. It draws lines directly from the shtetl and the Holocaust to the creation of the American super hero. Oh, executrix wrote the same below.

I am also reminded of Cat Yronwode's lament in the early 80s that weren't enough Jewish super villains. "What, we're not smart enough?" she asked. It's also interesting to note that Magneto's Jewishness seems to come and go in his competing origins.
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From:mofic
Date:March 3rd, 2010 02:29 pm (UTC)
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That's three votes for Kavalier and Clay.

I did want to talk about Magneto being explicitly Jewish in the movie. I thought he was not in the comics - that his ethnicity was unstated for a long time and then when it was stated he was Romani. Is that wrong?

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From:nomadicwriter
Date:March 3rd, 2010 03:15 pm (UTC)
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I was actually just about to drop in and post a link to this page, which has various meta pieces about Magneto including some discussion of the canon evidence for him being Jewish. (Only current up 1998, sadly, but very well-referenced.)
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From:mofic
Date:March 3rd, 2010 03:32 pm (UTC)
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Thanks so much! Very helpful.
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