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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

Meet London's Jewish Teenager Comic Genius, Scribbling Since Age 8

Meet London’s Jewish Teenage Comic Genius, Famous Since Age 8

By On June 29, 2016

When most 8-year-olds sit down with paper and pens, there’s lots of stick figures, basic representations of houses and trees–you remember. But when Zoom (yes, Zoom) Rockman sat down at age 8,… Read More


X-Men Asks: Are You a Jew, or a Mutant?

By On October 20, 2015

You are hated by groups of people worldwide. You assume powers when you turn thirteen. You go to a special school to learn about your heritage. Are you a Jew, or a… Read More


What’s an Omer?

By On May 10, 2012

As far as Jewish rituals go, counting the Omer is a particularly confusing one. For seven full weeks, observant Jews count a measure from one to 49, recalling an ancient Temple practice. But what does it mean? And… Read More


A Self-Operating Napkin

By On May 7, 2012

If you’ve ever seen a needlessly complicated contraption–take, for instance, that moment in The Goonies where it takes a bowling ball dropped onto a balance, a balloon popping, and a chicken laying an egg to open a door–you know… Read More


The Holocaust, with Punchlines

By On April 19, 2012

Edge City is a daily comic strip published in many national newspapers. It’s about a family, the Ardins, who happen to be Jewish. Jewish subjects don’t feature in the Ardins’ life every day, but their… 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


Lost in Tel Aviv

By On November 18, 2011

Eric Orner is a comic book artist who is disconnected from his Jewish identity…except that he recently moved to Israel. In the autobiographical comic story “Weekends Abroad”– which was just reprinted in The Best American Comics… Read More


A Secret History of Yiddish

By On November 15, 2011

If languages had personalities, then Yiddish would probably be gruff and sardonic, with several unexpected surprises up its sleeve–much like the admired comic book writer Harvey Pekar who died last year. One of Pekar’s last projects… Read More



By On August 28, 2011

Is Superman Jewish? His creators, Jerry Siegel and Joe Shuster, both were–but the Man of Steel himself, a Charles Atlas poster-boy with a chiseled jaw and a body of, well, steel, wearing a costume… 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