What if movie superheroes—Thor, Wolverine, The Fantastic Four, and Captain America—got in touch with their Jewish roots?
This weekend, Captain America: The First Avenger opens in theaters nationwide. Like most superhero blockbuster movies, this one, too, ignores the deeply Jewish roots the masked icon—created by writers and illustrators who were struggling with their own identity as American Jews—used to have when he was a mere comic book character. But it’s not too late for our superheroes to get in touch with their Jewish roots.
Mike Reddy is a graphic artist based in Brooklyn. His drawings have appeared in the Believer, the Ganzfeld, and many packages for The Fiery Furnaces. Recent projects include the new edition of New Yorker contributor Gilbert Rogin’s What Happens Next? + Preparations for the Ascent and a daily drawing series for the blog Annals of Americus.
Sarah’s Key, the new film version of the acclaimed 2007 novel by Tatiana de Rosnay, recounts a Nazi-ordered deportation of French Jews, once as personal trauma and then again as forgotten history