Jewish Images in the Comics showcases more than 150 comic strips, comic
books and graphic novels from all over the world, stretching over the last five
centuries and featuring Jewish characters and Jewish themes.
The book is divided into chapters on Anti-Semitism, the Old Testament,
the Holocaust, Israel, the Golem and much more, featuring everything from
well-known comics like Art Spiegelman’s Maus and the work of Will Eisner to
much more obscure (and in some cases far less savory) but no less culturally and
historically interesting examples of how Jewish culture has been depicted in comics.
As with Strömberg’s previous two books for Fantagraphics, each strip, comic, or graphic novel is spotlighted via a short
but informative 200-word essay and a representative illustration. The book is augmented by a context-setting introduction as well as an extensive source list and bibliography.
Jewish Images in the Comics is the third book in a series in which Strömberg examines different phenomena in our society, as mirrored in comics. Black Images in the Comics examines the way Black people have been portrayed in comics and
The Comics Go to Hell looks at how the Devil has been used as a comics character.
“The book presents a unique look at the evolution of
comics, but it also proves comics to be an effective and
sobering lens for viewing the history of racism toward
blacks.” – School Library Journal
“As this small but potent book shows, African Americans
didn’t fare any better in the comics medium than elsewhere
in popular culture. Strömberg’s compact cultural critique
encapsulates each of about 100 black comics characters
in a brief, single-page essay and a full-page illustration...”
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