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Thursday, May 13, 2010

Jews and Comics Books - lecture & discussion @ SAJ - tomorrow night

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Tomorrow night (Friday, May 14), after services (at 6:30 PM) and potluck dinner at The Society for the Advancement of Judaism Synagogue (15 W. 86th Street, Manhattan), Danny Fingeroth will speak about his book Disguised as Clark Kent: Jews, Comics, and the Creation of the Superhero. In his book, Danny explores how the creators' Jewish backgrounds helped make superheroes the most familiar pop culture icons of all, far beyond the comic books that spawned them: on TV, in movies, and in electronic media. He'll introduce the audience (figuratively speaking) to such legendary Jewish comics creators as Stan Lee (co-creator of Spider-Man), Jerry Robinson (creator of Batman's nemesis The Joker), and many others. Discover the Jewish elements of heroes you would never have connected with Jewish culture!

Danny Fingeroth was a longtime group editor of Marvel Comics's Spider Man line. He is Sr. Vice President of Education at the Museum of Comic and Cartoon Art, and has taught and spoken about comics at many prominent venues. He celebrated his bar mitzvah at the SAJ in 1966.

Signed books will be available for purchase (don't worry, you don't need to carry cash ; they'll be using an honor system involving envelopes --- sort of like the Israel bonds drive on Yom Kippur).

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