Heroes, Freaks, and Super-Rabbis

Exhibition Catalog

The themes addressed in the exhibition are pursued in greater depth in seven texts with color illustrations. Readers learn why Jewish authors and illustrators were so active in the world of comics and how American comic-book heroes began defending themselves against Nazi opponents at an early date. You can also read about the history of MAD magazine and the EC Publishing Company; the catalog also discusses the origins and current significance of the graphic novel.

In the 1970s, it amounted to a minor revolution when women began making names for themselves in the male-dominated comic scene. Finally, the book describes how comics developed in Israel, examining in particular “the Jewish dimension of comics.”


  • The Jewish Dimension of Comic Art
    128 pages with color illustrations,
    Jewish Museum Berlin
    Berlin 2010

    ISBN: 978-3-9813045-1-0

  • Editors

    Margret Kampmeyer and Cilly Kugelmann
    for the Jewish Museum Berlin

  • Contributing Writers

    Alexander Braun, Paul Buhle, Ole Frahm,
    Galit Gaon, Jens Meinrenken,
    Andreas Platthaus, Trina Robbins

  • Translations

    Anke Burger, Miriam Mandelkow

  • Design


  • Price


Catalogue Cover for the Exhibition "Helden, Freaks und Superrabbis": a large cartoon green arm creates the illusion that the arm is punching a hole through the cover of the catalogue
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Exhibition Publications

Our temporary exhibitions have had accompanying catalogs, journals, and essay collections in various formats.

Welcome to Jerusalem

Exhibition Catalog

res·o·nant. Mischa Kuball

Exhibition Catalog


Exhibition Catalog

Eran Shakine

Exhibition Catalog A Muslim, a Christian and a Jew

Jewish Mathematicians in German-Speaking Academic Culture

Exhibition Catalog Transcending Tradition

In a Foreign Country

Companion booklet to the exhibition about literature from DP camps


Exhibition Catalog

Snip it!

Exhibition Catalog

Braginsky Collection

Catalog for the exhibition The Creation of the World featuring artifacts of Jewish written culture from the Braginsky Collection

Fred Stein. Paris New York

Exhibition Catalog

A Time for Everything

Rituals against Forgetting – Exhibition catalog

The Whole Truth

Special Issue for the Exhibition

R.B. Kitaj

Catalog for the exhibition about the artist R.B. Kitaj (1932–2007)

Russians Jews Germans

A catalog accompanying the exhibition Russians Jews Germans. Photographs by Michael Kerstgens from 1992 to the Present

Berlin Transit

Exhibition Catalog

Heimatkunde (How German is it?)

30 Artists' Notion of Home – Exhibition Catalog

Radical Jewish?

Special Issue for the Radical Jewish Culture Exhibition

Jewish Forced Laborers at Ehrich & Graetz

Book about forced labor at the metal and electric goods manufacturer in Berlin's Treptow district

Heroes, Freaks, and Super-Rabbis

Exhibition catalog about Jewish authors and illustrators and comics

Flight and Metamorphosis

Exhibition Catalog

Kosher & Co.

Catalog for the exhibition on food and religion containing numerous essays (with free excerpts)

Deadly Medicine

Exhibition Catalog Tödliche Medizin. Rassenwahn im Nationalsozialismus
(Deadly Medicine: Creating the Master Race)

Ruth Jacobi. Photographs

Exhibition Catalog

Looting Restitution

Jewish-Owned Cultural Artifacts from 1933 to the Present


Exhibition Catalog typisch! Klischees von Juden und Anderen
(Typical! Clichés about Jews and Others)

Dateline: Israel

Exhibition catalog of contemporary photography and video art

Charlotte Salomon

Exhibition Catalog Charlotte Salomon. Leben? oder Theater?
(Charlotte Salomon: Life? Or Theater?)

The Danube Exodus

Companion publication to the multimedia installation The Danube Exodus: The Rippling Currents of the River

Home and Exile

Exhibition Catalog


Exhibition Catalog

Roman Vishniac's Berlin

Exhibition Catalog


Exhibition Catalog

Family Pictures

Exhibition Publication

Jakob Steinhardt: Der Prophet (Jakob Steinhardt: The Prophet)

A Publication by the Berlin Municipal Museum

10+5=Gott (10+5=God)

Exhibition Catalog

Carlo Levi

Exhibition Catalog Carlo Levi. Ausgewählte Werke 1926–1974
(Carlo Levi. Selected Works, 1926–1974)

"Dem Deutschen Volke" (To the German People)

The Story of the Loevy Bronze Foundry (Exhibition Publication)

Disposable Eyes

Companion publication to two photography projects, Disposable Eyes and Promised Land

Collect, Fold, Count

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