Shabbat Cultural Program: Jews, Comics, and the Creation of the Superhero

On August 14th, 2020, we had the honor and pleasure of having a guest speaker: Danny Fingeroth, who was gracious enough to allow us to share a recording of his presentation.

Mr Fingeroth spoke about The history of Jews in comics, including his books, Disguised as Clark Kent: Jews, Comics, and the Creation of the Superhero, and Marvelous Life: The Amazing Story of Stan Lee.
He explored the backgrounds of the largely young, American Jewish men, from Eastern European backgrounds, who created the most well-known superheroes, who are so prominent in current popular culture. Danny Fingeroth discussed how the creators’ Jewish origins may have helped make superheroes the most familiar popular culture icons of all—on TV, in movies and electronic media, as well as in comics.

Danny Fingeroth was an award-winning writer and editor at Marvel Comics. A highly-regarded pop culture critic and historian, he is the author of books including Superman on the Couch: What Superheroes Really Tell Us About Ourselves and Our Society and co-editor of The Stan Lee Universe, an annotated collection of Lee-rarities from his personal archives. Fingeroth has lectured on comics at Columbia University, the Smithsonian Institute, and at Milan’s MiMaster Institute, among many other venues.

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