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Superman

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Superman's historic roots in Judaism and the Great Depression

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Superman

  1. 1. c. 2600 b.c.e Story of a demigod First superhero?The Epic of
  2. 2. (Verbal waiver)
  3. 3. Types of heroes demigo d PERFECTED Religious HUMAN Mythology hierarchyMajor currencyin comics, films Greek Roman norse Hindu Clearly Messia identifiabl superma h e n the chosen Physical alternative oneaugmentatio n augmentatio n Predictable Arrives fully Rocky balboa Anakin formed Iron man skywalkeWolverine r batman Harry christ potter
  4. 4. Jerry Siegel Joe shuster writer illustrator
  5. 5. Superman is not a Christfigure. Superman is a moses figure.
  6. 6. SONS OF JEWISH IMMIGRANTSJerry Siegel Joe shuster writer illustrator
  7. 7. JUDAIca Great In early superman depression What’s in a name? In early superman Landing in the heartland Kal-el and jor-el 1930’s valuesOrigin story Savior from beyond the river of space Response to “soulless dual identity industrialization” Moses, Prince of egypt Champion of the urban po Moses, Protector of jews Hiding in plain sight Mask of normality Goebbels: “Superman is a jew!” The Ultimate immigrant
  8. 8. JUDAIca Great In early superman depression What’s in a name? In early superman Landing in the heartland Kal-el and jor-el 1930’s valuesOrigin story Savior from beyond the river of space Response to “soulless dual identity industrialization” Moses, Prince of egypt Champion of the urban po Moses, Protector of jews Hiding in plain sight General need for escapism Mask of normality Science fiction Rise of comic books Goebbels: “Superman is a jew!” Youth culture The Ultimate immigrant without an outlet
  9. 9. 1939 Macy’sThanksgivingDay Parade

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