29 March 2012

Run MAUS Run

Maus!! It is indeed an intriguing comic. It tells a tale about a young man’s father’s history. The young man’s name is Artie and his father’s name is Vladek, his mother’s name is Anja, his step mother’s name is Mala. The story beings when Artie is a young boy, about 12 years old or so. He is skating with his friends and challenges them to a race. His skate fails him by coming undone and his friends leave him behind. He starts to cry and finds his father, who is sawing a wood piece. Vladek commands Artie to hold the piece of wood well he saws it. Vladek then asks Artie what’s wrong. Artie tells him that he fell and his friends left him behind. Vladek then states that if you lock them in a room for a week with no food and then you could see what it is, friends! We are then rushed all the way up to chapter 5. Artie is now older and has a companion, with their own house. He is awaken by a call from his step mother, Mala. She is calling to tell him that his father is on the roof and will not come down because he is fixing the drain pipes. Artie’s father asks for him to come to the Queens and help him fix the roof. But Artie declines the request from his father because he doesn’t want to hear him criticize him. Artie then states that he became an artist so he doesn’t have to compete with his father. About a week later, he finally decides to go to the Queens and visit his father. He finds his father in the garage going through some nails. His father is separating them by the size and isn’t saying much. Through his father’s actions Artie feels that his father is angry with him for declining the request to come up and help repair the roof. Artie finds his step mother in the house and startles her. Artie asks her about his father’s behavior and questions if it has to deal with him declining the request for help repairing the roof. Mala says no and suggests that it could deal with the comic that he made about his mother. Mala has a copy of the comic and shows Artie who then rereads the comic.

The comic “Prisoner on Hell Planet: A Case History,” it tells a story about a prisoner whose mother killed herself when he was out of jail and 20 years old. His father discovers his mother on the bathroom floor dead. The prisoner was spending the weekend at his girlfriend’s house. He didn’t get home at the time he was expected to. He states that if he was back on time then he would’ve been the one to discover his mother’s body. He saw the crowd of people in front of his house and immediately got a bad thought. But his cousin said that his mother was sick and took him to the doctor. The doctor then told him straight forward and in a blunt manner the news of his mother killing herself. The prisoner then felt that it he should begin to cry and so he did with his cousin comforting him. The prisoner then found his father and comforted him. The funeral arrangements were made and they had an extremely hard time dealing with the situation. The atmosphere of the funeral room was too much for the prisoner to handle and he left the room. He went to hallway, where he was found and somebody was talking to him about crying. (I’m sorry I couldn’t fully read this part because it wouldn’t allow it to download) The next panel puts the prisoner in his room with a couple standing over him and blaming him for the death of his mother. The prisoner feels guilty about his mother’s death and blames himself for it. He has a flash back to the last time that he saw her. She was standing by the door and he was lying in bed. She asked him if he still loves her. He turns over on the bed away from her as she kneels bedside by him and answers “sure, ma.” She gets up and walks out of the room. The next panel shows the prisoner behind the bars and says that his mother committed the perfect crime and didn’t just kill herself, but him as well.

The comic is now back in the kitchen with Artie and his step mother Mala. He states that he is shocked that his father even read the comic because in past experiences his father doesn’t even look at the comics that he creates. His father then comes into the kitchen and asks Artie to come to the bank with him. Artie states that Mala told him that he read the comic about his mother. Vladek doesn’t deny reading the comic and admits that the comic brought back a lot of memories of his late wife, Anja. Mala then interrupts the confession from Vladek of always thinking about Anja and walks away when Vladek tries to say that he has a picture of Mala on his desk. Vladek then states that he found the comic when he was looking for some objects that Artie requested. He then requests that they leave for the bank. They then begin to walk and Vladek states that he must walk to keep the circulation going in his legs but he must walk slowly for his heart. On this walk Artie asks his father questions about when him and his mother were in the holocaust. Artie has a notebook with him and writes/draws the things that his father tells him. He tells him about how he lived in a small house but didn’t complain about it because there were some people that lived in the streets. They would walk to work and were guarded by other Jewish people that worked for the Germans. When Vladek was walking back from work he was greeted by a friend and told to go home quickly. He got home and his father was there. He was talking about how the “ghetto” was only going to get worse and that the people there were just going to get deported. His father could bribe the guards or he could get some papers for the children. If the children got some papers then they would probably be transferred to a safer place. There is an adult that is present in the room that agrees that the children should be sent away but Vladek disagrees and says that the children should stay with them because he has faith that they will be safe. Vladek must’ve finally agreed to send the children away because the parents are standing at a fence and are watching the children as they walk away until they can’t see them anymore. Vladek states that one day in the spring the Germans came back and rounded up 1,000 Jewish people mostly children. The children cried and screamed but the Germans didn’t have mercy on them but slammed them against the wall to make them be quiet. Vladek didn’t witness this incident with his own eyes but heard about it. He later learned that the village that they sent their children to live in was being cleaned out. That was when Anja’s sister stated that she wasn’t going to go to the gas chambers nor were the children. She had poison and ended her and the children’s lives. Her companion was sent to the gas chambers where he was later killed. Vladek then draws two pictures displaying the two bunkers that he has been in. The second was discovered by an informer who sold them out to the Germans. They were taken to a room and there were vans that would come on certain days of the week. The vans would come and people would be taken away to the gas chambers. Vladek knew someone on the inside who worked for the Germans and could possibly save them. He bribed him with jewery that he had. The cousin who worked for the Germans saved everyone but Anja’s parents who were later taken to the gas chambers and killed. Vladek was given a job to fix the soles of the German boots. He had to bury people and one of the people he came upon was the person who sold them out when they were in their second bunker. The informer had been shot and killed. The story goes back to when Vladek and Artie are walking to the bank. Vladek experiences a heart attack and Artie gives his father medicine. Vladek then goes with the story and talks about when someone had made cake and everybody was buying a slice, including him and for his wife. The cake had some laundry soap in it and everybody who bought cake had become sick. Vladek is then introduced to a bunker that disguised by the shoes and they are forced to go in there because the Germans are rounding up the last of the Jews in the village. They hide out in the bunker and when the coast is clear they dress in different clothes and walk out with the Polish workers as they walk to work. Anja and Vladek didn’t have anywhere to go unlike their friends who stayed with other friends. Vladek and Anja just walked and later came to the U.S.

Artie and his father finally arrive at the bank. Well they are at the bank Vladek asks the bank worker for a key to his security box, so he can give it to Artie if anything should happen to Vladek. Vladek then displays what he has in his security box and tells the story behind them. He shows a diamond ring that Anja wanted Artie to give to his girlfriend. Vladek then complains about how Mala wants him to give her all the money and about how many times she has made him change his will. He then asks “why, Artie I ever remarried?” Artie simply answers, “easy pop, let’s go home.”

This story was very interesting and definitely caught my attention because it is another way to tell what happened in the holocaust. But there is broken English written or is that an accent of some sort? Was this story true? It definitely sounds true and I don’t think anybody has a reason to make up such a story, especially when it is related to such a sensitive subject. I believe that this story relates to the Diary of Anne Frank. In the story of Anne Frank, she writes about her everyday experiences and the events leading up to her and her family hiding in the attic. The story continues all the way up to her death. And in this comic it tells what happened when Vladek was in the bunker and everything that he experienced. He also tells about the events of the death of his son and the way that they hid just to survive. This genre is geared to a mature audience or possibly an audience that is being introduced to the holocaust. It could be used as another way to explain what happened.

Maus: A Cure for an Emotional Imbalance

A story within a story is told in “Mouse Hole,” chapter 5 of Maus: A Survivors Tale a comic by Art Spiegelman. A sort of biography in which Spiegelman shares through a comic, his families story happening after the Holocaust and an important event of his lifetime. Artie’s father makes a shocking discovery of a comic called “Prisoner on the Hell Planet”, that Artie wrote years back detailing his mothers suicide. Artie illustrates his last encounter with his mother before she commits suicide. He created a very personal and realistic comic book where he poured out his entire soul and guilt toward this event during his life. The discovery of the comic brings about an interesting conversation between father and son. Artie and Vladek take a walk and while they so, Vladek goes into detail about what he and his wife Anja went through at the time of the Holocaust. The horrors that not only themselves, but other Jews experienced during these years were revealed to Artie. Vladek recalls and discloses the secret hiding places, the hunger and fear they experienced, and the many people they saw disappear either because of deportation or murder by the germans. The tricks and trades that Jews came up with to stay alive greatly touched Artie, which listened to his father with great attention and frustration. Vladek reveals to his son a “treasure” that he has stored in a bank since his mothers death. Although Vladek has remarried, he cries out to Artie how much he still thinks about Anja. 
When thinking of comics it is important to relate them to Jewish culture based on the many stories that were created because of events in their history. In comparison to other comics such as Superman, this comic by Spiegelman is ten times more revealing of the actual intention of the storyline. McCloud in his text Understanding Comics: The Invisible Art relates how art can “Provide an outlet for emotional imbalances,” (167) similarly, Spiegelman uses art through comics as his way of coping with his current situation. The phrase “It’s good you got it outside your system,” (104) is said by Vladek to Artie in Maus: A Survivors Tale relating to Prisoner on the Hell Planet, where Artie does use art as an outlet for his emotional imbalances due to his mothers suicide. A comic book such as Maus, integrates pictures and word bubbles to create a very informative but also intense storyline, which combined make up a comic with very much potential. After reading this comic, I agree with McCloud that a comic can be a useful way of treating an emotional imbalance. It is evident that these pictures and words have helped many readers understand a little more of Art Spiegelman’s story but also about the Holocaust in general. 

Show and Tell: Holocaust Edition

Maus by Art Spiegelman is a biography depicting the life of Art’s father during the Holocaust in the 1930s and 40s. And this specific excerpt begins with Art as a young child playing with his friends, we see him roller skating, but he falls and injures himself. He runs to his father who is working on some home improvements. We fast forward about two decades and we see Art with his wife and the phone ringing. Its Art’s father’s wife and she tells Art that his father is trying to get on the roof to fix a leak. A week later Art goes to visit his father and his wife tells Art that he found a comic Art drew called “Prisoner on the Hell Planet” which described Art’s life after his mother committed suicide. Art’s father told Art that the comic made him cry, but he was not mad. The two of them walk to the bank and we see Art asking his father about the “the selection at the stadium” his father describes the event as Art takes notes. Art’s father talked about living in the ghetto and how the gestapo evacuated the ghetto to take all the remaining Jews to Auschwitz. Art’s father and built a bunker to hide out in. After a few weeks he moved to another bunker and one day a stranger showed up begging for food and then that afternoon the gestapo showed up. His father described different little events that took place in the ghetto. One day Miloch, Art’s friend in the ghetto, showed Art’s father a secret tunnel that lead to a bunker that could hold 15 people. He described how he, Art’s mother and several Jews hid in the bunker and after a period of time they ran out of food. Some of the people in the bunker went out to find food and were shot. Eventually the ghetto was emptied out, but Art’s father had nowhere to go that was safe. Art and his father finally back it to the bank where Art gets a key to his father’s safe. His father complains about Mala, his wife, and he doesn’t know why he remarried because he only longs for Anja, Art’s mother.
In Understanding Comics by McCloud there is a chapter entitled “Show and Tell” which describes the “head on collision” words and pictures encountered in comics. McCloud argues that pictures must carry the weight in comics and this directly allows words “to explore a wider area”. This required balance is noticeable is Maus. If the words weren’t there I could still probably grasp the overall story Art was trying to tell, the words enhance the comic. This enhancement is exactly what McCloud says words do in comics.
Overall I found Maus to be very interesting, even though it was just a small portion of the biography, Spiegelman showed how comics can be legitimate literature. The story of Art’s father is a very moving and is a very important part of world history. Maus is definitely on my reading list, now.

28 March 2012

Tragedy after Tragedy

Tragedy after Tragedy
In the Story of Art Speigelman’s Maus: A Survivors Tale it had a description of what some jew’s during the 1940s had to endure in order to survive. Back than it was all due to whom you have connections with to stay alive and the money or expensive objects that could be traded to help from danger as well. The story begins in America showing a comic of mice civilization. It shows a small mouse named Artie and a glimpse of how his childhood was like. His friends and him were ready to ride roller-skates, but unfortunately his own skates did not work properly so than his friends end up leaving him behind. Sad by this, he starts to cry and as he went home, he saw his father. His father asked him why is he crying, and Arties response was that his friends left him behind. His father tells him that if they left you than that just means they are not your real friends. 

It finally goes on to a few years later, when Artie is a man. His father calls him very early in the morning, he asks his son to come over to help fix the roofing of the house. Artie tried to get him off the phone because he did not want to go, so instead he went over to his father’s house the next day. As he had seen his father, he knew his father was mad, but he did not if it was about the fact he wouldn’t help him or about something different. As Artie went inside the house to wait for his father, he talked with mala whom was his stepmother.  She explained to him that he was in one of his depressing moods but she figured it was because of the comic he created long ago when his mother had first died. In the comic it explained strips of his mother’s suicide and Arties and his father’s feelings after the death. As his father walked in, he confronted his father and asked if the comic strip he had made when he was younger was the reason why he was sad. His father answered, yes but it was only because he missed Anja (Arties mother) so much. As they walked together to the bank, Arties father started to talk about the day’s when him and his mother struggled to survive because of the Holocaust set by the Germans. They had gone through so much, and during those day’s they had lost family one by one. So many tragedies had happened around them, and all they could do was to hide to keep them alive as well. Arties mother was very sad and thought back than she wanted to end her life, if all her family members were gone, but his father wouldn’t let her. As he would keep her alive and they would stay together, because he loved her. As they finally got to the bank, Arties father wanted to give him an extra key to a safety deposit box. It was his father’s life savings filled with tools he had kept from the Holocaust years and he wanted Artie to have them.  It ended with them arguing about whom keep the savings and Arties father wanted him to have it, instead of giving everything to Mala. That’s how the comic ended. 

This text relates to Up Up and Oy Vey written by Simcha Weinstein. In Up up and Oy Vey it explains where the beginning of Superhero’s was born like superman to batman. They used biblical religious Jewish stories and changed them to fit a fantasy world filled with good vs. evil but good conquers all. The way it relates to Maus: A survivor’s tale is by the texture of the story, like in Up Up and Oy Vey; they changed the story around to fit a better entertaining view and the same with Maus. Maus used a mice colony rather than real people and they also talked about Jewish life during the Holocaust years. In Up Up and Oy Vey, they used superheros and they also used Jewish stories as well. That’s how they are related to each other. There may be one text in favor of good and another in favor of bad, but they both have purpose to strengthen their Jewish community by being the inspiration for many comic work today.

To Die is Easy, You Have to Struggle For Life!

Can you imagine living in a world where the only protection you have is the amount of money you have in your pockets? You don't have much to lean on, even family for that matter. Would you be able to hide? If you were caught, do you think you would survive? 
These questions aren't far from reality for some, in fact during the years of 1941-1945 there was a Jewish genocide that killed millions. Art Speigelman’s Maus: A Survivors Tale tells the story of a mouse's struggle to keep him and his family alive. Artie is the son of Vladek and Anja, his parents survived the Holocaust. 
In the story Anja commits suicide and Artie makes a comic of how he felt during the time. His father Vladek finds the comic and is distraught. Artie goes to see his father and finds out that his father read the comic and that he want to talks. As the two go on their walk to the bank, Vladek begins to talk about the Holocaust and the hardships that he had to go through. The Jewish were relocated to the ghettos of Srodula and German soldiers were sent to watch over them. The German soldiers would walk the Jews to and from work. The Jews with no money, and those that were very old and very young were taken to Auschwitz. Meanwhile plenty of Jews were dying including Vladek's family members, Vladek, Anja, and friends hid in a bunker. The Jews were soon discovered in their bunker after they took pity on a man who swore he wasn't on the German's side. Anja's dad who was a millionaire died, during those hard times even money couldn't solve everything. Vladek recalls a time that he almost got killed for just walking in the street, luckily his papers showed that he came from a family with good connections, otherwise he would have died. The Germans were determined to finish clearing out the ghettos and as they were coming for Vladek and his friends they made one last attempt to hide, they hid in a shoe bunker away from the German soldiers. The guard house light had been off for two days, they decided to make a break for it, the group split up and went their own ways.The comic ends with them at the bank and Vladek telling his son that as soon as he dies he wants him to come take all of his money so his wife can't. 
This work relates to "The Myth of Superman by Umberto Eco. In Eco's essay he discusses how Superman may have came from Jewish creators, but he is a hero that evokes eternal themes from the Bible. Eco also mentions that Superman's creators made him both literary and mythical. Although Vladek isn't a superhero, he could be considered a literary hero. He was able to keep Anja and himself alive during several difficult "battles", the whole Holocaust was one long fight. He risked the chance of death when he had to find food and still tried to provide for his family. His fate was unpredictable unlike a mythical hero, we didn't know if he was going to Auschwitz or if he would stay in the ghetto. Vladek could also be considered a hero due to the night the man comes wandering into his bunker "looking for food", they should have killed him to guaranteed their safety. Instead he decided to keep him alive, he wants the best for humanity. 

Very Interesting Comic

Jessica Brink

The story, Maus: A Survivor’s Tale by Art Spiegelman, starts out with a brief event that happened in Artie’s childhood. He was sad because his friends left him, and his father basically says they are not his friends. The next scene,Artie gets a call from his step mother, Mala. She complains that his father climbed on the roof to fix the drain in the middle of the night. She wants him to come over and help his father. He says he was up late, and will call later. Artie eventually calls his father back, and says he cant go.

About a week later, Artie goes to his fathers. His father sends him upstairs to his step mother. Mala says that Artie’s father found a comics strip Artie had made, and it really upset him. The two go on a walk, where Artie’s father tells him the story the Holocaust. He goes into great detail about what happened to all the members of their family. He described several hideouts that they created to stay safe from the Nazis. He told Artie about the few jewels he was able to keep safe, by hiding them in a fireplace. While he tells the story, they walk to a place where Artie’s father has a safety deposit box. He give Artie a key, and says if anything happens to him, to hurry up and get everything out of the box. Mala was only wanting his money, and wanted him to change his will. His father shows Artie what is inside the box, including a ring he had given Artie’s mother when they came to America.

The one thing I can relate to this comic is the fact you can make a comic into anything. Like what McCloud says in his book, Understanding Comics: The Invisible Art, that comics can be written about anything, for anyone and be made into anything. Here we have a comic, about the Holocaust, where all the characters are mice, and cats that look live like humans. One of the oddest, yet effective, comics that I have read.I like the idea of making the stories into comics, because it can reach out to a greater audience, of book readers and comic lovers.

The Ultimate Escape

The comic Maus: A Survivor's Tale written by Art Spiegelman, is the story of the author's father's (Vladek Spiegelman) life before, during, and after World War II. In chapter five called "Mouse Holes," Spiegelman tells a few stories about his father during the war. It starts out with Artie in his own house receiving a call from his step-mother. She was worried about Artie's father and asked if he could come help him around the house. He was unavailable, but a couple days later he stopped by to see if he could be of any help. His father ignored him and was acting very sad. Confused, he asked his step-mother what the problem was. She told him that his father had found an underground comic that Artie had written about his mother's suicide and that he was very sad about it. Artie and his father began to talk and they decided to take a walk to the bank. On their way, Vladek began telling Artie stories of when he and his wife were in Srodula and were captured by the Germans. The Germans came to their town to take everyone away to concentration camps in Auschwitz, but Vladek and a couple of his friends hid in a bunker in their house and successfully avoided the Germans. But they were scared for their kid's lives so they sent them away to hide in a safer city. While they were hiding in the bunkers they would take turns finding food at night. One night a stranger followed them back into the bunker and said that he was starving and needed food for his family. So they helped him, but he turned out to be an inspector. The Germans found them and sent them off to Auschwitz. But luckily Vladek's cousin was a member of the Jewish police and helped them escape from the Germans. They hid in another bunker and waited until the right moment to sneak out and escape to a better hiding spot. Eventually Vladek and his wife Anja were safe and in no danger of the Germans.

This comic made me think of McCloud's idea that comics could be written in any genre. It is unlike the typical comic, Superheroes or comic strips like Calvin and Hobbs, but it is still a comic. This autobiographical comic is the only comic to have won the Pulitzer Prize. McCloud is right, people would respect comics a lot more if there were more comics like this one and people went away from only writing Superhero comics. I really enjoyed reading this comic because it was a really easy and fun way to learn about the Holocaust. I understand McCloud's point that comics could be a very effective and entertaining medium now that I have read this comic.

27 March 2012

True Courage

As freedom-loving people across the globe hope for an end to tyranny, we will never forget the enormous suffering of the Holocaust.
                                                                                  ~Bob Beauprez           

             The one comic to ever win the Pulitzer Prize was Art Speigelman’s Maus: A Survivors Tale. This culturally rich comic is a biography about the author’s Jewish father; it tells the tale of his life before, during, and after the Second World War.  Chapter five of Maus: A Survivors Tale entitled “Mouse Holes” starts off with young Artie and his father Vladek living a simple life of a father and son.  Artie arrives to visit his father only to find that his father Vladek is not acting himself today.  He soon discovers that the reason his father is so down is because he has read a certain underground comic Artie wrote detailing the suicide of his mother.  It seems Vladek really needs someone to talk to, so he and his son then take a walk to the bank while Vladek shares some of his past experiences.  Before the Jews were being rounded up into concentration camps they were forced into a community of all Jews so they could be watched. Vladek and his friends were forced into the community of Srodula.  However Vladek sensed that it would only get worse so he and his friends sent their children away and hid in homemade bunkers.  And they hid just in time before almost every Jew in Srodula was being forced into a higher security facility or the dreaded concentration camp, Auschwitz.  Vladek and his friends held out and hid from the Germans for some time but ultimately were caught and taken and forced to work in a shoe shop.  Slowly everyone was being carted away to Auschwitz, but when the Germans came for Vladek and his friends they were gone. They were hidden in another secret bunker starving instead of being taken, but soon Vladek and his friend’s patience paid off, and they did escape from Srodula.

            This detailed telling of the experiences of this man who actually was alive during the time of the Jewish Holocaust gives us a shockingly clear picture about what really happened. Scott McCloud says in Reinventing Comics that the revolution Minority Representation states that a person from a particular ethnic group can tell a story about his particular culture better than someone from a different ethnic background.  I think that holds true in this comic, because after all, the Holocaust is a part of Jewish history, and Art Speigelman is Jewish.  I would further add to Scott McCloud’s revolution by saying that “A person who has actually experienced what has happened in the story, can better tell that story”.  This is the case with Vladek, even though he didn’t write the comic, we know that he still had to tell these stories to his son, Art Speigelman, who in turn put them in a comic. So not only does Scott McCloud’s revolution of Minority Representation apply to Art Speigelman, but it would also apply to his father Vladek whose culture is also Jewish.  So, if we acknowledge my add-on to the revolution of Minority Representation we can see that this comic may have never won the Pulitzer Prize, or became as popular as it did if it was not for the great storytelling of Art Speigelman’s father, Vladek.  

26 March 2012

DA NA NA NA BATMAN!!!! Shadowed By Superman

Batman, there when you need him and gone in the blink of in an eye so that very little people see him but what you dont know is that he is really, DUN DUN DUN, Bruce Wayne. How is that possable?

Oka props go to the Jewish creaters of the all American Superhero Icon Superman from Up, Up, and Oy Vey by Simcha Weinstein. Thanks to them Bruce Wayne was able to go from the rich white boy to his alter ego of the "BATMAN," becaue they were the ones that gave Superman his double identity thus giving other superheroes their alter identities.

Yeah Superman had super powers that allowed him to do many things that Batman couldn't but according to Umberto Eco in "The Myth of Superman" that a superhero is just a human with abilities that make them above the average human. So in the end they are both SUPERHEROES thanks to Eco and the Jewish creaters of Superman.

25 March 2012

The Birth of an Icon

 In Action Comics #1 Superman makes his first appearance in the world of comics. The story of Superman begins when his planet is in the wake of destruction and he is sent off in a tiny rocket to the planet Earth. After crash landing on Earth, Superman is found, and taken to an orphanage, by passing motorists. At the orphanage Clark (Superman) astounds people with his extraordinary strength. The story skips passed Clark’s childhood, and we are introduced to a physically extraordinary adult, Superman. Our first glimpse of Superman, as a hero, we read as he saves an innocent woman from the electric chair, all the while, breaking through steel doors with ease and deflecting  bullet with no effort, whatsoever. At the job of his alter ego, Clark Kent, as a newspaper reporter, Superman is ironically given the job of gathering information on himself. In his next heroic act Superman saves a woman who was being beaten by his wife, by the time the police arrived he was once again, Clark Kent, doing his job as a newspaper reporter. We are introduced to the very human side of Superman when he, very timidly asks Lois Lane on a date, get the date, and ruins the date by being a coward. Clark makes himself out as a coward, by backing down from a bully who disrespects Lois, but later on Saves Lois from the same threat, as Superman. Because Lois knows nothing of the connection between Clark and Superman, she ignores him for the remainder of the story. Clark’s next assignment, as a reporter, was supposed to take him to San Monte, but instead took him to Washington D.C. In Washington Superman investigates suspicious act he sees suspicious actions between a man named Alex Greer and Senator Barrows. Superman finds that they are trying to pass a bad bill and stops it using his extraordinary physical abilities.
As discussed in class, the story of Superman very closely relates to that of Moses, in the Bible. In the book Up, Up, and Oy Vey by Simcha Weinstein it is suggested that Superman may actually be a character who is based on Moses. Although one major difference between Moses and Superman is that Superman could have just as easily been an evil villain, as he was a superhero. Moses on the other hand was not blessed with his powers as a birthright, but rather given to him by God for specific reasons, because of this God could have just as easily taken his powers as he gave them.
 I thought it was very interesting that the art of this comic was very simple, it did suit the time period that the comic came out though. It’s also interesting to me that people would try to say that Superman is a Jew, even though in the first comic about him, ever, he wasn’t presented as a Jew in any way that I could tell. This comic was a good read for me, and it really put into perspective how different comics have become, and how different they are written now, as opposed to in the 1930’s when this comic was published.