A nonprofit, independent news source to inform, inspire, educate and connect the St. Louis Jewish community.

St. Louis Jewish Light

A nonprofit, independent news source to inform, inspire, educate and connect the St. Louis Jewish community.

St. Louis Jewish Light

A nonprofit, independent news source to inform, inspire, educate and connect the St. Louis Jewish community.

St. Louis Jewish Light

Batman’s first appearance in May 1939, on the cover of Detective Comics number 27. Batman was created by Bob Kane and Bill Finger, though Finger’s contribution would go unrecognized for decades.

As Batman turns 80, remembering the story of long-unrecognized co-creator Bill Finger

By Joel Grebler, Special to the Jewish Light May 16, 2019

This year, DC Comics celebrates the story of Batman, a versatile superhero character who has become an icon of American comic book culture. Eighty years ago this month, Bob Kane (born Robert Kahn) and Milton “Bill” Finger, two Jewish New Yorkers,...

An image from the cover of “The Joe Shuster Story: The Artist Behind Superman,” by Julian Voloj and illustrated by Thomas Campi. (Super Genius)

The tragic tale of Superman’s Jewish creators, told in graphic novel form

Gabe Friedman October 3, 2018

(JTA) — When Joe Shuster and Jerry Siegel created the Superman character in the early 1930s, they were still living at their parents’ homes.Of course, the character and his story — the arrival from another planet, his dual identities as mild-mannered...

DC Comics’ newest writer is poised to make Superman Jewish again

Marcy Oster February 16, 2018

A shot of Christopher Reeve’s Superman costume, on display at a Christie’s auction house in London in 2003. (Ian Walton/Getty Images)(JTA) — DC Comics’ newest writer says that the choices he has made for his new Superman series are “deeply connected...

Comics hero Frank Miller wants a Superman who ‘confronts his Jewish roots’

Gabe Friedman October 10, 2016

Christopher Reeve in costume for his role as Superman. (Keystone/Getty Images)The Jewish history of Superman is well known. Jewish writer Jerry Siegel — who co-created the iconic comic book character with Jewish illustrator Joe Shuster — once said...

Superman

Author returns to discuss Superman biography

March 19, 2014

The St. Louis Jewish Book Festival will welcome back New York Times best-selling author Larry Tye for a discussion in celebration of the 75th anniversary of Superman. Tye is the author of “Superman: The High-Flying History of America’s Most Enduring...

Upcoming 2013 film Man of Steel

Superman at 75: Reflections on comic book hero’s Jewish roots

BY ROBERT A. COHN, Editor-in-Chief Emeritus May 1, 2013

Superman, the iconic cartoon champion of “Truth, Justice and the American Way” made his first appearance exactly 75 years ago this month with the release of Action Comics # 1.  This milestone for the granddaddy of all comic superheroes has been duly...

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