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A treasury of Jewish comic book art collects the work of such top names as Will Eisner, Jules Feiffer, and Art Spiegelman, in a volume that is complemented by pictorial essays that trace the Jewish involvement in comic art.

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Paul Buhle is a retired senior lecturer in the American studies department at Brown University. He is a co-author, with Dave Wagner, of Radical Hollywood: The Untold Story Behind America’s Favorite Movies and the editor of Jews and American Comics: An Illustrated History of an American Art Form, Studs Terkel’s Working: A Graphic Adaptation, and A Dangerous Woman: The Graphic Biography of Emma Goldman, all published by The New Press. Buhle is the founder of the Oral History of the American Left archive at New York University and a co-editor of The Encyclopedia of the American Left. He lives in Madison, Wisconsin, and has continued actively producing books of comic art, including Yiddishkeit: Jewish Vernacular and the New Land and Bohemians: A Graphic History.


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Graphics or commentary? 9. Juni 2009
Von Sam Clemens - Veröffentlicht auf Amazon.com
Format: Gebundene Ausgabe Verifizierter Kauf
I had heard an interview by the author, Buhle, and I was delighted to receive this book. Yet, I found it somewhat disppointing, in that I had expected trenchant commentary in a volume JAM-PACKED with graphics. There are some graphic gems, but too few, and some of the examples are of recent vintage, not classics. Plus, the narrative was on the plodding, cumbersome side.

From reviews, it appears that another book, "From Krakow to Krypton: Jews and Comic Books," might be more what I had in mind.
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Hard Read. Quit midway through. 18. September 2008
Von Mike - Veröffentlicht auf Amazon.com
Format: Gebundene Ausgabe Verifizierter Kauf
I bought this book on the suggestion of Amazon when I sought to buy Krakow to Krypton. From the beginning, the author's style of writing was very hard for me to follow let alone enjoy. I don't think it was too technical, but seemed very 'high brow' with many citations noted. It was a drudgery to read. I enjoyed most of the comic strip examples until the end with all the Anti-Israel, Anti-Jewish comics by ultra liberal, left wing Jewish artists. Unfortunately, I do not recommend.
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Promising, Worthwhile guide, but could be more comprehensive 28. August 2012
Von Angus T. Cat - Veröffentlicht auf Amazon.com
Format: Gebundene Ausgabe
I looked forward to reading Paul Buhle's Jews and American Comics. Ultimately, I found it disappointing. The book is well researched and contains an impressive collection of Yiddish cartoons, some by artists I didn't know before. But overall the work is weakened by Buhle's turgid prose style. I found his essays hard to follow and confusing in places: the chapter on comic strips gave me the impression Milton Caniff was Jewish (a look on the internet confirmed that Caniff wasn't Jewish; he was Catholic). Buhle speeds through the birth of the comic book and hardly considers that most of the creators of superheroes were Jewish. He discusses Jerry Siegel, Joe Shuster and Joe Simon briefly but spends little time on Bob Kane and doesn't mention Gil Kane, Jerry Robinson, Bill Finger, Julius Schwartz, Joe Kubert, Mort Weisinger, Robert Kanigher, and many other great comic artists, writers, and editors who were Jewish. Buhle's account of the history of EC comics and the impact of Fredrick Wertham on the comics industry in the 1950s is imprecise and unclear. I found it puzzling that Buhle discusses Mad comics intensively but doesn't allude to Harvey Kurtzman's use of Yiddish in its take offs of American popular culture icons, and notes Mad's huge influence on its readers, especially the readers who became underground cartoonists in the 60s and 70s, but says little about Mad after it became a magazine in 1955. He misses opportunities to consider Mad magazine's satirical examination of American Jewish life in its parodies of "Fiddler on the Roof" and features such as its primer about Judaism in the U.S. Likewise, he alludes to EC's "preachy" social message stories but doesn't mention EC stories in which characters who were Anti Semitic discovered their origins were actually Jewish. The illustrations from comics and comix artists are worth the price of the book. Unfortunately many of them are less powerful than they could be by not being reproduced in full: the volume includes only two pages of Trina's Robbins "Triangle Fire" and one page of Bernard Krigstein's "Master Race". One of the highlights of the comics is Jeffrey Lewis' "Ghost Stories" which says more about Jews in American comics, the history of American comics, and the current state of comics in America than Buhle's essays do. "Jews and American Comics" is worth reading, but the abstruse essays and haphazard representation of the comics diminish the work's consideration of the history of comics and Jews representing themselves and their viewpoints of American life in popular culture.
Loser wins 29. Januar 2012
Von Simon Barrett 'Il Penseroso' - Veröffentlicht auf Amazon.com
Looks like this book lost out in the battle with the snappily titled From Krakow to Krypton. For my money it's the winner. Neither a denizen of fandom nor himself Jewish, Buhle came to the comics world via popular culture (From the Lower East Side to Hollywood, 2004) and through shared radical interests with the late Harvey Pekar (see Yiddishkeit, his fitting memorial). I find this work superior in both text and iconography to Arie Kaplan's rival publication, whose cover, which looks ironically aimed at the kids, despite the JPS imprint really IS aimed at the kids!
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Draws Excellent Parallels to Jewish Life 24. November 2009
Von GraphicNovelReporter.com - Veröffentlicht auf Amazon.com
Format: Gebundene Ausgabe
Given the lasting impact made by Jews throughout the history of comics, from Will Eisner to Art Spiegelman to Harvey Kurtzman to Sheldon Mayer, Jews and American Comics is a welcome collection and wonderful tribute--as well as a wealth of information.

The book traces the history of Jews in comics from early newspaper work at the turn of the 20th century (first in Yiddish papers and later in mainstream newspapers across the country). The exploration of the comic art form and its natural convergence with the Jewish American experience is a seeming oddity that makes perfect sense. How Jewish writers and illustrators used the format to convey the collective experiences of their people, as well as their current place in society, and used animals, superheroes, and everyday people to draw it all out is important and useful knowledge for students of history and social studies just as much as for fans of comics.

Brown University professor Paul Buhle, a historian of the Jewish culture and the author of a three-volume Jews in American Pop Culture series, continues his exploration of how Jewish culture has become embedded in works of art, analyzing not only its influences but also the influences it in turn has had on later works. Buhle's essays are the framework for the book, which also collects hundreds of works from artists over the past century, and traces the birth of this distinct art form and parallels it with the development of the Yiddish language.

The juxtaposition of comics images on the pages ranges throughout the past century and draws excellent parallels to Jewish life, bringing in history, philosophy, economic issues, prejudices, and more to develop a cohesive theme of art reflecting Jewish life. The book includes excerpts of works from so many people, well-known and little-known, such as Milton Caniff, Kim Deitch, Will Elder, Justin Green, Jules Feiffer, and so many more. Spanning such a broad range of talents further illustrates Buhle's points in a great way.

-- John Hogan
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