Jewish Museum and Superman  2007-01-09


Sunday afternoon at the Jewish museum.


Plaques from a synagogue in Danzig, Germany, later destroyed by the Nazis, that commemorates 'service to the Fatherland' by its members fighting for Germany.





Statue of Liberty Menorah




Jewish comic book artists - Joe Shuster and  Jerry Siegel - originators of Superman - and apparently Superman (Kal-El) was Jewish, at least on the planet Krypton; from Wikipedia:




"Because Siegel and Shuster were both Jewish, it is thought that their creation was partly influenced by Moses,[24][22] and also other Jewish influences. Superman's Kryptonian name, "Kal-El," resembles the Hebrew words קל-אל, which means "voice of God".[24] Jewish legends of the Golem have been cited as worthy of comparison,[28] a Golem being a mythical being created to protect and serve the persecuted Jews of 16th century Prague and later revived in popular culture in reference to their suffering at the hands of the Nazis in Europe during the 1930s and 1940s. However, another Biblical figure Superman is often seen as being an analogy for is Jesus


Another early influence on early Superman stories is the context of the Great Depression. The left-leaning perspective of creators Shuster and Siegel is reflected in early storylines. Superman sometimes took on the role of social activist, fighting crooked businessmen and politicians and demolishing run-down tenements, for example.[30] This is seen by comics scholar Roger Sabin as a reflection of "the liberal idealism of Franklin Roosevelt's New Deal", with Shuster and Siegal initially portraying Superman as champion to a variety of social causes.[29] In later Superman radio programs the character continued to take on such issues, tackling a version of the KKK in a 1946 broadcast of The Adventures of Superman"




Left -WW II comic - Superman fighting Nazis on cover

Right - Prototype Superman drawing by Siegel and Shuster





Night photo in Central Park looking Northwest and the northernmost twin-towered building - the ElDorado, at CPW and 90th St.


Nothing cultural, but I liked this motion shot I shot in the subway

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