Sunday, February 12, 2012

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At least in the 1958 Hollywood movie ‘The Vikings’ the Jewish stars Kirk Douglas, Tony Curtis and Earnest Borgnine LOOKED White but now we have abominations such as a Black Heimdall in the movie 'Thor'. Does anyone really believe this could ever have occurred in an industry dominated by White Europeans rather than by its current Talmudic masters? But it all starts way before the movies. It starts with the ‘funny papaers’.

Jews in Comic Books

How American Jews created the comic book industry.

By Arie Kaplan

Arie Kaplan is the author of the critically-acclaimed non-fiction book From Krakow to Krypton: Jews and Comic Books (JPS). He's also a comic book writer and a screenwriter. Recently, Arie wrote the story and dialogue for the upcoming House M.D. videogame. Please check out his website,

Jews built the comic book industry from the ground up, and the influence of Jewish writers, artists, and editors continues to be felt to this day. But how did Jews come to have such a disproportionate influence on an industry most famous for lantern-jawed demigods clad in colourful tights?

First Comic Books

The story begins in 1933. During that year, the world experienced seismic changes in politics and pop culture. An unemployed Jewish novelty salesman named Maxwell Charles "M.C." Gaines (née Max Ginzberg) had a brilliant idea: if he enjoyed reading old comic strips like Joe Palooka, Mutt and Jeff, and Hairbredth Harry so much, maybe the rest of America would, too. Thus was born the American comic book, which in its earliest days consisted of reprinted newspaper funnies. Gaines and his colleague Harry L. Wildenberg at Eastern Colour Printing soon published February 1934's Famous Funnies #1, Series 1, the first American retail comic book.

Rival comic book publishers sprang up immediately. However, by the mid-1930s publishers were already starting to exhaust the backlog of daily and Sunday strips that could be reprinted. The easiest way to fill the demand for new comic book features was for publishers to tap writers and artists who couldn't get work anywhere else, either because they were too young, too inexperienced, or Jewish in most cases, all three. Advertising agencies had anti-Semitic quotas, and newspaper syndicates only occasionally took on a token Jewish cartoonist like Milt Gross or Rube Goldberg. But the comic book companies were mostly run by Jewish publishers like Timely Comics's Martin Goodman or DC Comics's Harry Donenfeld. It was a situation similar to that of the early motion picture industry, in which Jewish directors, producers, and studio executives who'd faced anti-Semitism in other industries built an industry of their own.

Because the comic book stories were being written and drawn largely by inexperienced teenagers, they were often crude rip-offs of the popular newspaper strips of the day, such as Tarzan or Buck Rogers. Enter writer Jerry Siegel and artist Joe Shuster, the creators of Superman. In 1938, DC Comics published the Man of Steel's first adventure in the pages of Action Comics #1. Superman was an instant hit. Literally dozens of Superman clones were rushed into production by rival comic book publishers, and suddenly the comic book industry had a future.

According to most comic book historians, Superman's creation heralded the beginning of the so-called "Golden Age" of comic books, the era during which the visual grammar of the medium was established. It was also a time when many classic characters were created. There was nothing overtly Jewish about the characters created during this era. However, occasionally a comic book character would emerge that had certain Jewish signifiers. After America became involved in World War Two, Timely Comics superhero Captain America's Jewish creators Joe Simon and Jack Kirby pitted their star-spangled warrior against the Nazi agent Red Skull. Captain America's alter ego Steve Rogers could be seen as a symbol for the way Jews were stereotypically depicted as frail and passive. That is, until he took a serum that transformed him into the robust Captain America. The serum was created by "Professor Reinstein," an obvious nod to famed Jewish physicist Albert Einstein. And Superman gave such a pounding to Nazi agents from 1941-45 that, according to legend, Nazi Minister of Propaganda Joseph Goebbels jumped up in the midst of a Reichstag meeting and denounced the Man of Steel as a Jew.

A Bad Influence

After the war, however, comic sales started to drift off. One reason for this was the increasing concern that comics were a bad influence on the nation's children. In 1947, Max Gaines's ne'er-do-well son Bill Gaines assumed control of his late father's company Educational Comics, renamed it Entertaining Comics, and over the next few years phased out the wholesome titles like Picture Stories from the Bible in favor of gory, lurid titles like Tales From the Crypt and The Vault of Horror. The new EC was a hit. In 1952 an EC humour comic book created by Harvey Kurtzman often featured Yiddish words like "ganef," "feh," "oy," and "fershlugginer" in the stories. That humour title was MAD.

This anti-comic book sentiment led in the spring of 1954to the publication of The Seduction of the Innocent, based on Jewish psychologist Frederic Wertham's seven-year-long study of the effects of comic books on America's youth. Dr. Wertham condemned most of the genre, especially crime and horror comics, for having contributed to juvenile delinquency. As the outcry following the publication of Seduction of the Innocent grew, so did the call for government intervention. The ‘Hearings Before the Subcommittee to Investigate Juvenile Delinquency of the Committee on the Judiciary’ opened in Manhattan federal court on April 21, 1954. Bill Gaines had to cancel his entire line, except for MAD, which became a magazine to escape censorship. Thanks to writers and cartoonists like Al Jaffee, Will Elder, Frank Jacobs and Mort Drucker, MAD soon became well-known for a certain urban Jewish sensibility. MAD had a huge influence, helping to pave the way for modern comedy as we know it.

The Marvel Age

The comic book industry took awhile to fully recover from the damage that Wertham had wrought. That changed when Stan Lee (born Stanley Martin Lieber) decided to develop a new type of superhero book. For 1961's Fantastic Four, Lee teamed with his frequent collaborator, artist Jack Kirby (born Jacob Kurtzberg), to create a group of superheroes who weren't sunny or optimistic like rival company DC's heroes. One member of the Fantastic Four, Ben Grimm (aka The Thing) felt like a freak because cosmic rays had transformed him into an orange, granite-skinned monster. With Ben Grimm, Lee and Kirby were using a superhero as a metaphor for Jews, African-Americans, and other minorities.

During this period of rapid growth, Martin Goodman's company, once known as Timely, would officially be named Marvel Comics, and this era would be remembered as the "Marvel Age" of Comics (roughly 1961-1970). Throughout this period, Lee and/or Kirby created or co-created many classic characters, including Spider-Man, the Hulk, Thor, Iron Man, and Nick Fury. Lee and Kirby would also expand the "superhero as outsider" metaphor with other creations, such as 1963's X-Men. Featuring a group of superpowered mutants who tried to help the very people who feared and loathed them for being different, X-Men was a potent allegory for being "born different." And in the late 1970s, Jewish comic book writer Chris Claremont would introduce openly Jewish characters into the X-Men like Kitty Pryde, who often wore a Star of David necklace. Claremont would also provide a new back story for the X-Men's arch nemesis Magneto, explaining that the villain's hatred of humanity resulted from his childhood spent enduring the horrors of the Nazi concentration camps.

Graphic Novels

By the mid-1980s, the novel-length comics narrative, or "graphic novel," was riding its first wave of mainstream popularity in part thanks to Art Spiegelman's groundbreaking work Maus. A memoir in comics form about Spiegelman's father's experiences during the Holocaust, the book also involved a frame story about Spiegelman's dysfunctional relationship with his father in the present day. Perhaps the most fascinating aspect of Maus is that the characters in the book are drawn as animals: Jews are mice, Germans are cats. In 1992, a year after part two of Maus was released, Spiegelman's work won the Pulitzer Prize, the first such honour for a graphic novel or comic book.

Of course, Spiegelman wasn't the first person to popularize the graphic novel; Will Eisner, creator of the 1940s comic strip The Spirit, created the graphic novel A Contract With God in 1978. A collection of four stories about the Bronx tenement life of Eisner's youth, A Contract With God's title story involved Frimme Hersh, a pious Jew who renounces his faith when his young daughter dies. And Harvey Pekar, an unassuming Jewish file clerk from Cleveland, has spent the past thirty years chronicling the minutiae of his life in the pages of the autobiographical comic book series American Splendour.

Today, Jewish-themed graphic novels are more common than ever before. This wealth of new work includes graphic novels such as James Sturm's The Golem's Mighty Swing, Miriam Katin's We Are On Our Own, Ben Katchor's The Jew of New York, and Joe Kubert's Yossel: April 19, 1943. We can only guess what the future has in store for Jewish comic book creators. But the proverbial writing is on the wall--and in this case, that writing is encased in a word balloon.

Additional Information:

Bob Kane (born Robert Kahn; October 24, 1915 – November 3, 1998) was an American comic book artist and writer, credited as the creator of the DC Comics superhero Batman. He was inducted into both the comic book industry's Jack Kirby Hall of Fame in 1994 and the Will Eisner Comic Book Hall of Fame in 1996. Robert Kahn was born in New York City, New York. His parents were of Eastern European Jewish descent. A high school friend of fellow cartoonist and future Spirit creator Will Eisner, Robert Kahn graduated from DeWitt Clinton High School and legally changed his name to Bob Kane at age 18. He studied art at Cooper Union before "joining the Max Fleischer Studio as a trainee animator in 1934".

William ‘Bill’ Finger was born in 1914 to a Jewish family. He joined Bob Kane's nascent studio in 1938. An aspiring writer and a part-time shoe salesman, he had met Kane at a party; Kane later offered him a job ghost writing the strips Rusty and Clip Carson. Early the following year, National Comics' success with the seminal superhero Superman in Action Comics prompted editors to scramble for similar heroes. In response, Kane conceived "the Bat-Man". As Kane summed up decades later in his autobiography, “Bill Finger was a contributing force on Batman right from the beginning... I made Batman a superhero-vigilante when I first created him. Bill turned him into a scientific detective.” Finger is also credited with inventing the ‘Joker’ character.

A list of some Jewish Cartoonists

Ralph Bakshi, animator (Fritz the Cat, Lord of the Rings)
Brian Michael Bendis, comics book writer
Dave Berg, cartoonist
Sol Brodsky, comic book artist and Marvel Comics executive
Al Capp, cartoonist (Li'l Abner)
Roz Chast, cartoonist (New Yorker)
Howard Chaykin, comic book writer
Daniel Clowes, alternative comics writer (Ghost World)
Gene Colan, comic book artist (Daredevil)
Sophie Crumb, alternative comics artist
Peter David, comics writer & "writer of stuff"
Kim Deitch, comics artist
Will Elder, cartoonist (MAD Magazine)
Will Eisner, comics artist (The Spirit)
Miriam Engelberg, comics writer (Cancer Made Me a Shallower Person)
Jules Feiffer, cartoonist
Lyonel Feininger, cartoonist (Kin-der-Kids)
Al Feldstein, cartoonist (MAD Magazine)
Bill Finger, comics artist (Batman)
Dave Fleischer, animator; brother of Max Fleischer
Max Fleischer, animator (Popeye, Betty Boop); father of director Richard Fleischer
Friz Freleng, animator (Looney Tunes)

Max Gaines, founder of EC Comics, pioneering figure in the creation of the modern comic book
William Gaines, comics artist and MAD founder
Leo Garel, cartoonist for Playboy and The New Yorker
Rube Goldberg, cartoonist
Steve Greenberg, editorial cartoonist
Milt Gross, Gross Exaggerations
Allan Heinberg, comic book writer (Young Avengers)
Herblock, cartoonist (three Pulitzer Prizes)
Harry Hershfield, cartoonist (Abie the Agent, Desperate Desmond)
Al Hirschfeld, caricaturist
Al Jaffee, cartoonist (MAD Magazine)
Bob Kane (Robert Kahn), comics artist (Batman)
Gil Kane, comics artist (Green Lantern)
Jack Kirby (Jacob Kurtzberg), comics artist (Captain America, Hulk)

Neil Kleid, cartoonist, graphic designer
Aline Kominsky-Crumb, cartoonist (Dirty Laundry)
Adam Kubert, comics artist
Andy Kubert, comics artist
Joe Kubert, comics artist
Harvey Kurtzman, comics artist and MAD editor
Mell Lazarus, cartoonist (Momma, Miss Peach)
Stan Lee (Stanley Martin Lieber), comics writer (co-creator of Spider-Man, creator of X-Men, The Hulk, Fantastic Four)
Jeph Loeb, comics writer (Batman: The Long Halloween)
Robert Mankoff
Clifford Meth, comics writer and editor (The Futurians)
Josh Neufeld, Xeric Award-winning cartoonist (A.D.: New Orleans After the Deluge)
Martin Nodell, comics artist (Green Lantern)
Paul Palnik, cartoonist, writer, (The God of Cartoons)
Harvey Pekar, comix writer (American Splendor)[28]
Rachel Pollack, comic book writer (Doom Patrol)
Trina Robbins, comix writer
Julius Schwartz, comic book and magazine editor
Joe Shuster, comics artist (Superman)
Jerome Siegel, comics artist (Superman)
Joe Simon, comics artist (Captain America)

Art Spiegelman, comics writer (Maus)
William Steig, cartoonist & children's writer
Saul Steinberg, cartoonist & illustrator
Hilda Terry, cartoonist (Teena)
Lauren Weinstein, comic book artist
Mort Weisinger, comic book and magazine editor
Morris Weiss, comic book and comic strip artist (Margie)
Judd Winick, comics writer & artist (Pedro & Me, Green Lantern)
Marv Wolfman, comic book writer
Zeke Zekley, cartoonist on Bringing up Father and several others

D.C. Comics

“Entrepreneur Major Malcolm Wheeler-Nicholson's National Allied Publications debuted with the tabloid-sized New Fun: The Big Comic Magazine #1 in February 1935. The company's second title, New Comics #1 (cover date December 1935), appeared in a size close to what would become comic books' standard during the period fans and historians call the Golden Age of Comic Books, with slightly larger dimensions than today's. That title evolved into Adventure Comics, which continued through issue #503 in 1983, becoming one of the longest-running comic book series.

Wheeler-Nicholson's third and final title, Detective Comics, advertised with a cover illustration dated December 1936, eventually premiered three months late with a March 1937 cover date. The themed anthology series would become a sensation with the introduction of Batman in issue #27 (May 1939). By then, however, Wheeler-Nicholson had gone. In 1937, in debt to printing-plant owner and magazine distributor Harry Donenfeld — who also published pulp magazines and operated as a principal in the magazine distributorship Independent News — Wheeler-Nicholson was compelled to take Donenfeld on as a partner in order to publish Detective Comics #1. Detective Comics, Inc. was formed, with Wheeler-Nicholson and Jack S. Liebowitz, Donenfeld's accountant, listed as owners. Major Wheeler-Nicholson remained for a year, but cash-flow problems continued, and he was forced out. Shortly afterward, Detective Comics Inc. purchased the remains of National Allied, also known as Nicholson Publishing, at a bankruptcy auction.”

This ruthless sort of business practice is typical of the Chosenites and has enabled them to acquire majority controlling interests, sometimes to the point of absolute monopolies, in many industries but in particular Media and Entertainment.

“Detective Comics Inc. soon launched a fourth title, Action Comics, and the premiere of which introduced Superman (a character with which Wheeler-Nicholson had no direct involvement; editor Vin Sullivan chose to run the feature after Sheldon Mayer rescued it from the slush pile). Action Comics #1 (June 1938), the first comic book to feature the new character archetype — soon known as "superheroes" — proved a major sales hit. The company quickly introduced such other popular characters as the Sandman and Batman.”

And the rest, as they say in the classics, gentle reader, is History. The long march of the Marxists through the institutions and their subsequent control of academia was supplemented by what one might call an ‘early intervention program’ in their quest to manipulate the minds of the Goyim. From the moment our kids could read they were ingesting Marxist propaganda via the ‘funny papers’, ‘cartoons’ and the ‘comics’. What chance did they ever have to resist?

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