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Thursday, February 23, 2006

Sgt. Rock : The Prophecy (Crown Heights blog)

Brief description of the series with a 1-page color reproduction and a photo of author-illustrator Joe Kubert.

Kubert’s story is based on a true tale, the rescue of Rabbi Joseph Schneersohn, leader of the Chabad-Lubavitch chasidic movement, from Warsaw in 1940. It was the subject of Bryan Mark Rigg’s 2004 book “Rescued from the Reich: How One of Hitler’s Soldiers Saved the Lubavitcher Rebbe.”

A friend gave Kubert the book last year. “I felt it was a real interesting story,” he said. Sgt. Rock and the rabbi in Vilna — called Vilnus in the comic — were born.

“The Prophecy” comes out three years after “Yossel” (IBooks), Kubert’s graphic novel that ponders what would have happened to his family had his father, a kosher butcher and cantor, not brought them out of Poland in 1926. “Yossel” is set in the Warsaw Ghetto Uprising.

Kubert is not going through a late-in-life literary Jewish phase, he tells The Jewish Week. “I don’t want to be taken for a crusader.” He doesn’t see a Shoah-in-graphic-novels trend, though several similar books have followed Art Spiegelman’s 1986 “Maus.”

“These are stories that are striking to me,” he says. “They are exciting stories — things that should not be forgotten.”

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