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Secret Identities: Jewish Origins in the Marvel Universe

Hosted By: Orange County Community Scholar Program (CSP)

The Marvel Cinematic Universe is the biggest thing in showbiz, with 28 films earning over $25 billion worldwide. But before all the glitz and glamor, comics were a disreputable, mostly Jewish, industry. Almost all of Marvel’s superheroes were co-created by Jews, including Captain America, Fantastic Four, Hulk, Thor, Ant-Man, Iron Man, Avengers, X-Men, Silver Surfer, Black Panther and many others. And they were more than just playful fantasies⁠—they were wish-fulfillment avatars of their creators, drawing on Jewish culture and folklore to fight Nazis, bigotry and intolerance. Join author, journalist and pop culture historian Roy Schwartz for a fascinating journey through comic book lore and Jewish-American history that’ll give you a newfound appreciation for your favorite superheroes!

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