Is Superman Circumcised?: The Complete Jewish History of the World's Greatest Hero

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McFarland and Company, Inc.
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7.0 X 10.0 X 0.75 inches | 1.45 pounds

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About the Author
Roy Schwartz has written for newspapers, magazines, websites, academic organizations, law firms, tech companies, toy companies, and production studios. He has taught English and writing at the City University of New York and is a former writer-in-residence at the New York Public Library. He is the director of marketing and business development of a regional law firm.
"Schwartz meticulously covers the history of Jewish comic book writers and illustrators, from Jerry Siegel to Neil Gaiman...He makes a strong argument that Superman's Jewish writers gave the character a subtext tying him to Judaism and Jewish history...Schwartz presents a readable yet well-researched chronicle of an overlooked side of American speculative fiction and its Jewish roots."--Mythlore
"An in-depth examination of the Jewish roots of the character...a deep-dive into arguably the world's most famous and iconic fictional character and his Jewish influences. ...This book is a must-have for any fan of superheroes, comic books and Jewish history and literature."--Jerusalem Post
"a fascinating, illuminating and highly accomplished study of a comic book character as the crucial key to understanding both the mysteries of Jewish history and destiny and the makings of modern American civilization."--Jewish Journal
"Is Superman Circumcised? is the kind of book that will be adored by fans of Comic-Con...It's fun, it's scholarly, and it's long. Don't try to read it straight through. Instead, enjoy it pausing between episodes, just as Superman Comics were also meant to be consumed."--San Diego Jewish World
"A fascinating journey through comic book lore, American history and Jewish tradition, this book examines the entirety of Superman's career from 1938 to date and promises to provide readers a newfound appreciation for the 'Mensch of Steel.'"--Cleveland Jewish News
"Throughout the book...Schwartz approaches the subject with an academic lens and a fan's passion, with text-parsing that would have impressed the rabbis of the Talmud."--The Forward
"Schwartz begins his book with something of a cliche, dutifully comparing the now-familiar origin of Superman to the Biblical patterns of the Hebrew Bible... . But cliches are sometimes cliches for a reason: they can be oft-repeated precisely because they are true."--Comics XF
"Though a serious study, the comic book icon's Jewish influences--from the subtext of his Exodus-inspired origin story to the irony that this All-American mom and apple pie hero was created by émigré Jews--the title will probably engender some long-running, and almost entirely inappropriate, debates at the pub following your local comic-con."--The Bookseller
"Roy Schwartz has done a deep dive into the history, mythology and cultural folklore of America's super-heroes and his conclusions are indisputable. The contemporary concept of the super-hero, as old as the story of Moses, was birthed by Jewish immigrants and first generation Jewish kids from the tales, morals and ethics of their Jewish ethnical roots. The majority of the creators from 1938's Golden Age of Comics through the 1960's Marvel Age of Comics were Jewish. Whether it was Jerry Siegel and Joe Shuster turning Moses into Superman or Stan Lee and Jack Kirby transforming The Golem into The Hulk, their heroes embodied their Jewish experience. Roy Schwartz analysis is scholarly yet broadly entertaining. He answers many questions and leaves the readers with but one: 'If there were no Jews on Krypton where Superman was born, and if he was therefore circumcized on earth, did the moyal have to use a Kryptonite scalpel?'"--Michael Uslan, comic book historian and originator and executive producer of the Batman movie franchise.