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Up, Up and Oy Vey! : How Jewish History, Culture, and Values Shaped the Comic Book Superhero Paperback – 17 Apr 2014


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9 of 10 people found the following review helpful
Well documented, must read. 14 Dec. 2006
By Fatimah Hashi - Published on Amazon.com
Format: Paperback
This book is a must read for everyone who takes superheros seriously, Weinstein studies the psychology behind each of our favorites icons, and draws the links between their creators and the personage.

Batman, Superman, and all the other heroes are put in the context of their creator's biblical and cultural heritage, and Weinstein does a great job on documenting and arguing that connection
13 of 16 people found the following review helpful
Good overview of the subject but slightly lacking in depth. 14 April 2007
By Jason Schaeffer - Published on Amazon.com
Format: Paperback
This book is a good introduction to the subject of the influence that Jewish history and culture have had upon the comic book industry. Unfortunately it is doomed to stay an introduction due to its lack of depth and relatively short pieces. It is more or less a collection of short essays on various superheroes and superhero teams, none more than twenty pages long. That it not to say that this is a bad book. One thing I really like about this book is that it covers not just the expected superheroes like Superman and Batman, who are always referred to in Comic Theory books like these, but also heroes that aren't thought of to be studied in conjunction with Judaism like the Justice League, The Incredible Hulk, and the Fantastic Four. It is extremely informative and to pack so much information in such a small space is to be commended but if the reader is looking for an in depth study of religion in comics, specifically Judaism, that goes into great amounts of detail then he should look for something else. However, if one is looking for more of a light read that packs serious, scholarly information in an introductory manner, then this book could not be more on the mark.
12 of 15 people found the following review helpful
Are Superman and Batman landsmen (Jewish)? 8 July 2006
By J T Cooper - Published on Amazon.com
Format: Paperback
This book is a must for anyone who read comic books as a child or teenager. It is funny and informative about the origins of our favorite comic book characters, including Superman, Batman, Captain America, the Fantastic Four, Spiderman, the Xmen, the Incredible Hulk and Sabra. Weinstein goes into the origins of each of these superheros and tells us how these talented Jewish comic book artists melded Jewish history, legends and culture into their stories, including the Golem. The author doesn't neglect the female comic characters either. Sabra is the most prominent 'Eshes Chayil' or woman of valor. She proceeds to 'kick tuches and take names' in her comic book appearances. I was impressed with the amount of research that the author did in producing this book. It ought to be part of the curriculum in high school literature classes along with all of those dead goyishe authors like Shakespeare.
8 of 10 people found the following review helpful
Interesting, but thin... 9 Nov. 2006
By Michael Booker - Published on Amazon.com
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This book makes some interesting observations about the influences of judaism on comic books, showing how many of the most important comic book writers and artists were Jewish and how Jewish folklore (especially the tale of the Golem) offered themes for the comic book genre. The material repeats itself pretty quickly, and this reads like a worthwhile article stretched into a (thin) book.
3 of 3 people found the following review helpful
This Book is Cool! 25 Jun. 2008
By People of the Book - Published on Amazon.com
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If you like Judaism and you like comics this is a must have. An overview on the history of Judaism's influence on comics. It is really fascinating. As a rabbi it became clear to me that Judaism molded the comic world. I always say that Moses was the first Jewish Super Hero, this book proves it. Really a lot of fun and a great Bar Mitzvah gift for a comic book lover.
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