Are Superman, Batman and Captain America Jew-ish?

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(Illustration: “Captain America” Issue No. 255)
(Illustration: “Captain America” Issue No. 255)

Join us at Congregation Beth El to learn about the influence of Jewish ideals, antisemitism and historic events on the comics industry. Arie Kaplan, author, screenwriter, graphic novelist and lecturer, will be in New England for an exclusive two-part event.

In this entertaining, fun and revealing two-part lecture series, Mr. Kaplan draws from his non-fiction books, documentaries, film and video clips and, of course, comic books to help illuminate the motivation, inspiration and influence of Jews on the comic book industry. From Captain America fighting Nazis in World War II to Jack Kirby and Stan Lee’s Marvel franchise to “Maus” and Mad Magazine, Mr. Kaplan will take us through the history of the comic book industry.

On Saturday, Mr. Kaplan’s presentation, “From Krakow to Krypton: Why We Fight: Jewish Super-Cartoonists and Their Super-Heroic Creations Before and During World War II,” will explore the socioeconomic reasons that Jews had a significant influence and role in the comic book field during the industry’s so-called “Golden Age” (roughly 1938-1950).

On Sunday morning, part two entitled, “From Krakow to Krypton, Mad Magazines and Marvel Mutants: The History of Jews in the Comic Book Industry From the 1950s to Present,” will delve into how the current generation of Jewish comic book creators were influenced and informed by their predecessors, such as Harvey Kurtzman (Mad Magazine), Art Spiegelman and Stan Lee.

The event is free and open to the public. Attend one or both lectures.

About Arie Kaplan

Arie Kaplan is an author, graphic novelist, comedy writer and lecturer. The author of the award-winning non-fiction book “From Krakow to Krypton: Jews and Comic Books,” he has also written several children’s books and graphic novels. In addition to his work as an author and comic book writer, Kaplan has lectured worldwide on various pop culture-related subjects, such as the history of Jews in film, the history of Jews in comic books and the history of Jews in comedy. When he’s not tackling his latest manuscript or on the road on a speaking engagement, Kaplan works as a screenwriter for television, video games and transmedia.

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Saturday, February 29, 2020, 7:00 pm - 10:00 pm
* Registration closes on February 28th

Sunday, March 1, 2020, 9:00 am - 11:00 am
Congregation Beth El
105 Hudson Rd
Sudbury, MA 01776

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