Friday, 12 August 2016
Jews And Comics
Having read about Christians and Muslims (see here), next we read about Jews:
"'...when religion forbids most [Jews] to originate spells, and the Orthodox don't use goetics at all, the proportion of them who serve as dogfaces and Rangers is simply too high to ignore.'
"I myself had gotten tired of comic-strip supermen and pulp-magazine heroes having such monotonously Yiddish names - don't Anglo-Saxons belong to our culture too? - " (p. 14)
There are dog soldiers in one part of the DC Universe.
I had found three references to comics in Poul Anderson's works. See here. Now we have a fourth. Of course, Anderson imagines the reverse of the situation in our universe. Our Golden Age (from 1938) comic book superheroes were exclusively WASPs. Black superheroes first appeared in the Silver Age (from 1960). Marvel Comics even introduced a Black Panther who, I gather, was the first black superhero.
Do pulp heroes seem a bit like comic book superheroes waiting for the comic book industry to get started?