Now, what has always struck me as interesting is how much of the
Fingeroth, a former editor at Marvel, draws direct parallels between some of the early heroes and biblical jewish heroes, and really over-reaches with the parallels. David Kaufmann, in his review, also has to do more stretching than should be necessary to “find” the jewishness of those early issues of More Fun, Action, and Detective. I would posit that he should have been writing from this point of view: why, given the creators ethnicity, is there such a lack of “jewishness” in those comics?
As anyone who has read any of the history books that relate to the early years of the comic book field (Tales to Astonish, Kirby: A Life in Comics, Meanwhile…, Steranko’s History of Comics, Cavalier and Klay), there was no money anywhere, and the business was rife with a number of shady and dishonest characters. The jews that have given us multiple lifetimes of reading pleasure with their creations: Siegel, Shuster, Kirby, Eisner, Kane, Simon as well as so many others, were true children of the American dream: work hard, follow your dreams, and you can get ahead in
Certainly it is easy to draw parallels to what the creation of Superman to someone with Jewish identity, but you could just as easily make the case that Superman is every 98 lb weakling’s fantasy: If they only knew how great I really am, they be singing a different story. And Captain
In any case, it is enough, for me, that these books are being written, since they finally focus attention on the long suffering and mostly forgotten, for many decades, early Jewish creators themselves. David quite correctly makes the point that these stories matter since they continue to saturate our culture and touch our lives, regardless of the medium. We should be paying tribute to those early pioneers, jewish or not, since they matter so much to those of us who read and grew up on the comics.