In the first chapter of Up, Up and Oy Vey: How Jewish History, Culture and Values Shaped the Comic Book Superhero, Rabbi Simcha Weinstein elaborates on the deep rooted connections between Judaic beliefs and the most prominent superhero in comic history, Superman. From the very beginning Superman’s spaceship journey from Krypton to Earth was based on the Semitic legend of Moses’ basket ride down river to Egypt. When they arrive in the arms of their new families they are both revered as outstanding young men with a gift to help people but are both burdened with the inability to speak clearly to their peers. Though, this shyness could also be linked to the personal trials of the two shy, Jewish nerds that created Superman. Jerry Siegel and Joe Shuster from Ohio drew up Superman in ’34, almost 10 years before the United States would enter WWII, but just because the US would be fighting Nazism in Germany didn’t mean that our home front was free of anti-Semitism. With the combination of the oppressed past of their culture and the prejudice of their fellow American citizens, Siegel and Shuster come up with a character that embodies their beliefs and spirituality then shows the Jew-hating world what’s up. Throughout Superman’s career he’s battled with antagonist tributes to Adolf Hitler and freed Jews from the ghettos. Considering that Moses is the most important prophet in Judaism it’s only fitting that Superman be the most known prophet of comic books.
Scott McCloud writes about the exclusion of minorities in the production of comics in the second chapter of Reinventing Comics. Yet, maybe it’s because the comic industry seems to be controlled by the most notoriously controlling minority in history, the Jews. Always excluded, looked down on and blamed for history’s faults, oh, and their control of most of the banks in the world. Would it be too far-fetched to think that they hold control of the comic world too, and aside from writing characters based on their religious doctrine they choose to omit characters of artists from other minorities.