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Heeb Magazin, 2006. Aline Kominsky-Crumb, Robert Crumb (c) Courtesy David Zwirner, New York
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The Spirit and the Immigrants. Will Eisner, 1999/2000. The Spirit is (c) and (R) by Will Eisner Studios, Inc. and used with permission.
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The Lady or the Tiger (excerpt). Will Elder. Panic, Nr. 2, April/Mai 1954 (c) Sammlung Alexander Braun
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That’s My Pop! Milt Gross. The Sunday Mirror, 12. Mai 1941(c) Musée d’art et d’histoire du Judaïsme, Paris
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The Incredible Hulk, Nr. 134, December 1970. Stan Lee, Jack Kirby. TM and (c) MARVEL
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True Glitz, 1990. Diane Noomin (c) used with the artist's permission.
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Le Chat du rabbin, La Bar-Mitsva, 2001 (excerpt). Joann Sfar (c) Edition Dargaud, Paris
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Adolph Neuman. Bob Clarke, 1971. Sammlung Alexander Braun (c) 2010 by E.C. Publications, Inc. All rights reserved
From Superman and Batman to Captain America, the Hulk and the Fantastic Four, the most popular superheroes were created by Jewish artists.
The Jewish Museum is dedicating an exhibition to the men who developed the comic strip into what it is today: it documents the genre from its birth in late-19th century New York to modern-day comics, with a unique focus on the shock and horror genre of the 1950s.
Although superheroes were fighting the Nazis even before the USA entered the war, comics didn’t overtly take on Jewish themes until the 1970s, with the apparition of graphic novels by the likes of Will Eisner and arguably the most famous comic artist of them all, Art Spiegelman – the creator of the Pulitzer-Prize-winning autobiographical Holocaust tale Maus. (Check out our exclusive interview with Spiegelman!)
HEROES, FREAKS AND SUPER-RABBIS | Through August 8. For more information, visit www.jmberlin.de