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Yet all are united by a common cause,
Oirich says, "fighting Jewish amnesia,
because otherwise we lose our sense of
right and wrong, good and evil."
Much has been made in recent years
of the Jewish connection to the genesis
of comic books. Many creators of the
original superheroes were Jewish.
Batman creator Bob Kahn became Bob
Kane; Jacob Kurtzberg, who dreamed up
Captain America to fight the Nazis, trans-
formed into Jack Kirby; and Marvel
Comics icon Stan Lee (the mind behind
Spider-Man, X-Men and many others)
was born Stanley Martin Lieber.
Mostly sons of immigrants or immi-
grants themselves, shut out of publish-
ing and commercial art by anti-
Semitism, their comic-book creations
took up their struggle, fighting for
truth, justice and the American way.
Michael Chabon's recent Pulitzer-
Prize-winning novel, The Amazing
Adventures of Kavalier and Klay, depicts
a pair of Jewish cousins who create a
superhero inspired by the mythical
Golem of Prague. And, of course, there
was the revelation last year that Marvel
superhero "The Thing" is Jewish.
But wouldn't the inclusion of a
Jewish character in the famed Fantastic
Four seem hipper to a 9-year-old than
the idea of Dreidel Maidel and Shabbas
Queen saving the universe?
Admitting that the Yiddish term
maidet meaning "young woman," is a
bit antiquated, Oirich said that once he
invented it, he couldn't resist using it.
As for Shabbas Queen, she answers
to many names: "Sabbath in English,
Shabbas in Yiddish, Shabbat in '
Hebrew ... You can call me whatever
you want, just don't call me after sun-
down on Friday." ❑
New York based freelance writer Victor
Wishna contributed to this article.
Top row from left:
•Magen David wields an impenetrable
•Minyan Man can multiply into 10
men whenever the need arises.
•Kipa Kid keeps a belt full of trick
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Bottom row from left:
'Menorah Man can sprout as many as
eight flame-shooting arms.
•Shabbas Queen uses her electro-
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objects, giving them a "rest."
•Dreidel Maidel, a gyroscopic physicist by
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•Matzah Woman attributes her powers
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