I have to give a lecture on Jews and Comic Books. Other than the title, I don't have a lot of requirements, so it can kind of be whatever looks interesting. I'm thinking in terms of exploring:
- the role that Jews had in creating/refining the American comic book as we know it now
- Jewish characters and themes in comic books
- subtext that reflects the Jewish American experience
- the great comic book scare and Jews
- comic books as midrash
I've read The Ten Cent Plague: the Great Comic Book Scare and How it Changed America.
I've reserved the following books at my library and should be able to pick them up shortly:
Comic book century : the history of American comic books / Stephen Krensky.
The Krypton companion : a historical exploration of Superman comic books of 1958-1986 / edited and
From Krakow to Krypton : Jews and comic books / Arie Kaplan.
Jews and American comics : an illustrated history of an American art form / edited by Paul Buhle.
Up, up, and oy vey! : how Jewish history, culture, and values shaped the comic book superhero / Simch
Does anyone know of other relevant sources - online or print media? Thanks in advance.