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Danny Fingeroth, the author of the definitive book on Jews and comics, Disguised as Clark Kent: Jews, Comics, and the Creation of the Superhero, will explore the backgrounds of the largely young Jewish-American from Eastern European backgrounds who created the most well-known superheroes who are so prominent in current popular culture, notably in movies such as Avengers: Endgame and Spider-Man: Into the Spider-Verse.
The innovators to be covered include:
- Jerry Siegel and Joe Shuster, Cleveland high school pals who created Superman--and his nebbishy alter ego, Clark Kent - thereby changing the face of popular culture forever.
- Stan Lee and Jack Kirby, who invented most of the major Marvel superheroes, including the Avengers, the Hulk, and the X-Men.
- Bob Kane and Bill Finger, who created Batman in a Bronx apartment.
- Will Eisner, who gave the world the landmark superhero, The Spirit, and decades later pioneered the modern graphic novel, becoming the “Bernard Malamud of the Graphic Novel.”
This event is presented by the Berkshire Art Association with a grant from the Grinspoon Foundation
This free program is part of the Federation’s Connecting With Community Series.