The 208th meeting of the NY Comics & Picture-story Symposium will be held on Tuesday,  Feb. 20, 2018 at 7pm atParsons School of Design, Kellen Auditorium (Room N101), Sheila C. Johnson Design Center. 66 Fifth Avenue (off the lobby). Free and open to the public.

Martin Lund on Re-Constructing the Man of Steel: Early Superman and his Jewish American Context.
It is often claimed that Superman is Jewish, but the arguments in favor of this claim do not always stand up to critical scrutiny. This talk will discuss some of the most common ways in which Superman has been figured as Jewish and deconstruct some of the most common parallels drawn, in order to then re-construct the Man of Steel in a different way. By the end of the talk, Superman will stand as a figure rooted not in European Jewish culture and folklore, nor in the Torah, but in the Jewish American context in which he was born.

Martin Lund is an assistant professor of religious studies at Södertörn University in Stockholm, Sweden. He has a PhD in Jewish studies from Lund University (no relation). He has published widely on comics in books and journals, academic and popular. Recent publications include Re-Constructing the Man of Steel: Superman 1938–1941, Jewish American History, and the Invention of the Jewish–Comics Connection (Palgrave 2016) and Muslim Superheroes: Comics, Islam, and Representation (co-edited with A. David Lewis, ILEX Foundation/Harvard University Press, 2017).

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Images from the first page of the first Superman story in Action Comics #1