Jews made Hollywood, Jews used to box—that we knew. But in 2000, Michael Chabon reminded us that Jews also invented the comic book. In The Amazing Adventures of Kavalier & Clay, Chabon, whose work had always flirted with both Jews and the glories of pop culture, coupled them off in a steamy shotgun marriage. It is the tale of two cousins, one on the run from the Nazis, the other from his own sexual identity, who team up to create a comic-book superhero in WWII-era Gotham. Unlike the comic books, this novel is long and complex; like the best comics, it’s fun for the kids but has a message for the grown-ups.