Temple B’nai Israel: At this week’s seder, I mentioned that there was a connection between Passover and Superman, expecting maybe someone to know what I was talking about. Instead, there were blank stares. That’s what happens, I suppose, when you are a fanatic in a world of normal people.
In 2003, the theme for our son Jonathan’s bar mitzvah was The People of the Comic Book: The Jewish Heroes Behind the Superheroes. In posters, party favors, and especially in a small booklet I created, we told our guests how the superhero comic book world was built by Jewish businessmen and creators, and especially about how one of the world’s most iconic characters was created out of Jewish history and culture.
Following is the text of that booklet. It barely scratches the surface of this fascinating story, about which there are hundreds of books and articles, but for those who don’t know the story, it is a start.