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


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