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Jewish Artist Jack Kirby Co-Created X-Men and Captain America. But What He Did Next Was Even Better.

The celebrated cartoonist hid his greatest Jewish reference in plain sight

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A Graphic Account of a Soviet Daughter

Julia Alekseyeva’s moving tale of her great-grandmother, a Russian refugee, and the perils and promises of idealism

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Jewish Ethics and Morality Like You’ve Never Seen Them

Jessica Deutsch’s illustrated Pirkei Avot—a graphic novel of the Mishnaic compilation—provides a gorgeous introduction to one of Judaism’s key texts

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How to Celebrate Will Eisner Week

Pioneering Jewish comic artist credited with inventing the graphic novel

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Holocaust Graphic Novels Give Israelis a Way To Connect to a Past Not Quite Theirs

New publications from Rutu Modan and Michel Kichka offer bittersweet depictions of the complicated history of 20th-century Jews

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Cartoon Politics

New graphic novels by Harvey Pekar and Guy Delisle illustrate different takes on the Israeli-Palestinian mess

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Covered

Five Books, holiday edition: Nine hardbacks—including Philip Schultz’s memoir, a history of the orgasm, and Alfred Kazin’s journals—for the readers on your list

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Peace Warrior

On the 40th anniversary of the historic truce negotiated by a South Bronx gang leader, a work-in-progress graphic novel traces the roots of hip-hop

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Just Plain Super

Two books scratch too hard at superheroes’ identities

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Outside the Lines

Douglas Rushkoff turns open source Judaism into a comic book

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Meow Mix

Joann Sfar on his graphic tale of a clever cat in 1930s Algeria

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