Disguised as Clark Kent: Jews, Comics, and the Creation of the Superhero

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"Fingeroth's book is an easy, intriguing read, exploring the histories of superheroes and their creators. This is clearly a topic in which Fingeroth is eminently well-versed."
-Jewish Book World

 "Like a Yiddish theater play on the old Jewish Second Avenue, or like a really good comic book, Danny will make you laugh, cry and, best of all, he'll make you think."
—From the foreword by Stan Lee

In Disguised as Clark Kent, Danny Fingeroth—a long-time executive in the comics ...

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Overview

"Fingeroth's book is an easy, intriguing read, exploring the histories of superheroes and their creators. This is clearly a topic in which Fingeroth is eminently well-versed."
-Jewish Book World

 "Like a Yiddish theater play on the old Jewish Second Avenue, or like a really good comic book, Danny will make you laugh, cry and, best of all, he'll make you think."
—From the foreword by Stan Lee

In Disguised as Clark Kent, Danny Fingeroth—a long-time executive in the comics business who wrote and edited Spider-Man as well as other famous lines for Marvel—reflects on the phenomenon of the heavily Jewish elements that, consciously or not, went into the creation of the superhero.
Centering on questions of Jewish identity, which is historically about the push and pull toward and away from that very identity, Disguised as Clark Kent brings valuable insight into the fantasies that fuel our imaginations and entertainment industry, as well as many significant and often hidden aspects of our society.

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Product Details

  • ISBN-13: 9780826430144
  • Publisher: Bloomsbury Academic
  • Publication date: 12/30/2008
  • Edition description: New Edition
  • Edition number: 1
  • Pages: 216
  • Sales rank: 1,350,831
  • Product dimensions: 5.60 (w) x 8.60 (h) x 0.60 (d)

Meet the Author


As former Group Editor of Marvel Comics's Spider-Man line, Danny Fingeroth became intimately familiar with the key elements of superhero mythology. He is exceptionally well versed in just what it takes to breathe life into these characters. Fingeroth is currently the creator and editor of Write Now magazine. He lives in New York City with his wife, sons, and 30,000 comic books.
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Table of Contents

Foreword

Stan Lee

Introduction

My Country 'tis of Me

Chapter 1: Coming to Terms

What's So Jewish About Superheroes, Anyway?

Chapter 2: Superhero Genesis

Who He Is and How He Came to Be

Chapter 3: A Stranger among Us

The Birth of Superman

Chapter 4: A Great Multitude

Batman and Beyond

Chapter 5: Doctor of Doom

Frederic Wertham's Superhero Complex

Chapter 6: Rebuilding the Temple

The Silver Age of Comics

Chapter 7: Why Are These Heroes Different?
The Marvel Revolution

Chapter 8: Love Thy Neighbor as Thyself

The X-Men and the '70s

Chapter 9: As a Matter of Fact, I Am Jewish

The Modern Age

Chapter 10: Unto the Next Generation

The Jewish Superhero Future

Bibliography

Index

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