New exhibit showcases Jewish roots in comic books

The beginnings of a character named Superman are featured in the third issue of a science fiction magazine created by Cleveland high school pals and sons of Jewish immigrants Jerry Siegel and Joe Shuster.

Superman was actually a villain back then. That of course would change, and pop culture historian Roy Schwartz says the creator’s Jewish heritage is reflected in the superhero’s story.

“He’s a baby put in an ark and sent away to save his life, found and raised by people not his own, who grows to adulthood to be a mighty savior and embrace his heritage. That’s Moses. That’s the story of Moses. Superman is Moses,” Schwartz said.

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