The Avengers:  Building on a Jewish Comic Book Legacy

by Arie Kaplan

Marvel Studio’s latest blockbuster is banking on the superhero genre conceived by two 1930s Jewish high schoolers, Jerry Siegel and Joe Schuster.  Superman actualized their adolescent power fantasies of a muscle-bound redeemer to liberate them from their socially and economically impoverished lives, and fight anti-Semitism.

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