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Since their creation in the 1930's comic books have become a part of our nation's vocabulary, forever changing the way we think about stories, pictures, and what makes a hero. In From Krakow to Krypton, Arie Kaplan unmasks the Jewish subtexts of these stories and showcases the unique contributions Jews have made to this American art form. The book features original interviews with legendary figures such as Will Eisner, Stan Lee, Jack Kirby, Al Jaffee, Neil Gaiman, Jerry Robinson, and Art Spiegelman, giving fans an inside look at the people behind the stories.
"Arie Kaplan has written a miracle of a book, as comprehensive as it is entertaining; a virtual Jew's Who of the comic book universe." --Larry Gelbart, legendary TV writer/screenwriter (M*A*S*H, Tootsie)
"In From Krakow to Krypton, Arie Kaplan threads together the disparate elements of comicdom--Jewish culture, geek culture, fandom, sci-fi, adolescent power fantasies, outsider art, and the New York City of reality and myth--and ties them all together .... A smart, fun book." --Danny Fingeroth, author of Disguised as Clark Kent: Jews, Comics, and the Creation of the Superhero
"A new and fascinating look at the history of comic books ... extremely well documented and profusely illustrated. You really don't have to be Jewish to thoroughly enjoy this trip down comic book memory lane." --Al Jaffee, long-time MAD Magazine contributor and author of the forthcoming Talltales. Arie Kaplan is a comedian, MAD Magazine writer, and author of the new comic book miniseries Speed Racer: Chronicles of the Racer. His other comic book credits include the DC title Cartoon Network Action Pack and the Papercutz series Tales from the Crypt. Arie lectures all over the country about comic books, comedians, and popular culture. He is the author of Masters of the Comic Book Universe Revealed! and he's also written for MTV, Cartoon Network, and PBS Kids.
Nor does the book neglect non-adventure comics such as Mad Magazine.
I enjoyed the book and learned from it, and it has re-kindled my childhood interest in comic books, from superheroes to the funnies.
What is remarkable about this book is the depth of the discussion and the obscure examples of Judaic references in specific issues.
Great book. Lots of interesting info on Jewish immigration and super heroes. Critical examination of the subject in depth. WowPublished 17 months ago by Amazon Customer
as stated before in regard to another book on the same subject, some of the material in this book was not new to me, since I've been reading many books lately on the history of... Read morePublished 20 months ago by J. Salerno
Or maybe I just like fuschsia? Heaven knows I've nothing against books about comics that are low on illustration, Douglas Wolk's recent magisterial Reading Comics, for instance, or... Read morePublished on January 29, 2012 by Simon Barrett 'Il Penseroso'
From Krakow to Krypton is a fantastic book that blends the overall history of comics with the specific histories of the Jewish people who wrote, illustrated, and published them. Read morePublished on June 8, 2009 by Daniela Weiss
A good, solid book! Amazing how Kaplan, keeps things straight and in order.
Entertaining and informative!
Comic books have been an integral part of American popular culture since their invention as a mass market media in the early 1930s. Read morePublished on October 9, 2008 by Midwest Book Review