Superman Is Jewish? How Comic Book Superheroes Came to Serve Truth, Justice, and the Jewish-American Way

Harry Brod, Author, Peter Berkrot, Narrated by
Harry Brod, read by Peter Berkrot. Tantor Media, unabridged, seven CDs, 8.5 hrs., $34.99 ISBN 978-1-4526-0815-0
Reviewed on: 12/24/2012
Release date: 11/01/2012
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In this compelling exploration and history of the comic book industry, Brod, a University of Northern Iowa professor of philosophy and humanities, argues that many classic superheroes—from Superman and Batman to the Fantastic Four and Spider-Man—were not only created by Jewish-Americans but were also influenced by and came to embody the religious heritage of the writers and artists who created them. Narrator Peter Berkrot’s performance is stellar in this audio edition. His steady, expertly paced reading captures the spirit of the author’s prose, his voice reflecting Brod’s fascination with and love of comics. Berkrot’s tone and rhythm are both spot-on throughout—and he deftly handles the pronunciation of Yiddish words and phrases. For fans of comic books, this will be an excellent listening experience. A Free Press hardcover. (Nov.)
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