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Marvel's Newest (and Jewiest?) Superhero Has Irritable Bowel Syndrome

Marvel’s Newest Superhero Has Inflammatory Bowel Disease

By On August 23, 2016

Superman’s weakness is kryptonite. Wonder Woman is invincible unless you touch her bulletproof bracelets. And Samarium can protect anyone, as long as you don’t make fun of his digestion. This is not… Read More


The Yiddish Theater Star Who Disappeared Into an Anti-Stalinist Superhero

By On May 18, 2016

Paul Goldberg’s provocatively-titled novel The Yid (Picador) starts out with a middle-of-the-night visit from the Stalinist-era Soviet police to the Moscow home of Solomon Levinson, an elderly has-been actor of the Yiddish… Read More

Superheroes storm Jerusalem

Comic-Book Heroes Storm Jerusalem

By On February 20, 2014

The paper-cut artist Isaac Brynjegard-Bialik—whose website, tellingly, is—appropriates old comic books into some seriously Jewish art. In his new exhibit at UCLA’s Hillel, “Super Heroes, Holy Land,” Brynjegard-Bialik presents comic-book panels that have been chopped… Read More


Samson, Meet Delilah

By On April 4, 2012

A new online comic takes its inspiration from a biblical adventure. Sam is a neighborhood guy hanging out at the bake shop, about to snatch the last cupcake. He’s challenged by a beautiful girl, Lilah, who’s also… Read More


A Crime-Fighting Chaim

By On August 10, 2011

We’ve been fascinated with comic books lately–with nine superhero films this summer, it’s tough to avoid. The new HBO On-Demand documentary Superheroes, however, takes a different approach. It profiles a number of “real-life superheroes”–self-styled vigilantes who take… Read More


Green Lantern’s Boss is Jewish

By On June 24, 2011

One of this summer’s biggest-budget films has an unexpected cameo, of sorts…from David Ben-Gurion. Green Lantern, a new film about a superhero who wields–you guessed it–a magical green lantern, is based on the comic book… Read More

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