Up, Up, and Oy Vey: How Jewish History, Culture, and Values Shaped The Comic Book Superheroby Simcha Weinstein
Barricade Books re-introduces Up, Up, and Oy Vey to the book publishing world. From the birth of Krypton in Cleveland to the Caped Crusader, the Incredible Hulk, Spider Man, the X-Men and more, Up, Up, and Oy Vey chronicles the story about the origins of the most famous superheroes. Jewish contribution to pop-culture is well-documented, but the Jewish role in the creation of action comic superheroes has not been —- until now!
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Up, up, and Oy Vey is an excellent addition to the library of social anthropologists, as well as serious comic book afficionados. This book looks at the historical setting behind the various superheroes selected, as well as the personal history of the creators. Rabbi Simcha does an excellent job of substantiating his claims that these superheroes were (and are) shaped by Jewish history, culture, and value. While well-researched and of real academic value, this is no dry reading. Rabbi Simcha's sense of humor and his obvious affection for the comic book superheroes of his childhood, makes this a fun-filled, yet informative, reading.
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 books. 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.