Thanks to all who responded to this post with resources on Jews and Comic Books. My talk is taking shape. Here's what the flier that will be distributed at my shul says:
PSJC Synaplex Presents…
Jews and Comic Books
Friday, May 14, 2010
Bring a parve or dairy dish and join us for Kabbalat Shabbat Services with Cantor Judy Ribnick, followed by a Pot Luck Dinner and Program on Jewish contribution to and content in American comic books.
• In the 1930s, did Goebbels denounce Superman as a Crypto-Jew?
• What comic book supervillain is not only a Jew but a Holocaust survivor?
• Was the crackdown on comic books in the 1950s an anti-Semitic movement, or was it started by Jews, or both?
• With so many Jews involved in comic book writing and publication since the 1930s, why were there no Jewish characters in mainstream comic books until the 1970s and why did it take a guy named Chris to create some?
• Which of the X-Men are Jews? Which of the Fantastic Four?
• What Jewish-themed comic book won a Pulitzer Prize?
For answers to these and other burning questions join us for a Synaplex Friday night program on Jews and Comic Books. Dale Rosenberg, PSJC Member and sometime comic book fan, will share what she has learned about the Jewish influence on American comics. Whether you think comics foster truth, justice and the American way or believe that comics cause seduction of the innocent, you’ll learn something about the influence American Jews have had and continue to have on this quintessentially American art form.
No reservations required.
Anyone in the NYC area should feel free to attend. And you don't need to bring a pot luck contribution - there's always too much food at pot lucks, anyway, and I plan to bring a lot. It's at the Park Slope Jewish Center, at 8th Avenue and 14th Street, in Park Slope, Brooklyn.