Many people probably have never thought about it but there are also Jewish comic books and even though their base is the same as ours-where there are bad guys and good guys, many of the situations occurring in the comic books are based on what is actually happening in their surroundings. Since the creation of comic books in the 1930’s many of the actual comic book characters that were written were made by Jewish people, not to mention their comic books were very interactive. Benn Grimm known as “The Thing” and Shadowcat are Jewish.
Ben Grimm “The Thing”:
Ben Grimm, best known as “The Thing” from the Fantastic Four is Jewish. “The Thing” has been a character and part of the Fantastic Four for a really long time, but it wasn’t until recently that we have discovered that he indeed a Jewish person. We also know that there was a time in which he died and he was brought back to life by the help of God. This was an amazing thing because the creators have never made a character or a storyline in which God plays a major part.
Ben Grimm had a very troubled childhood and he had some bad influences that wanted him to be part of gangs. Lucky him, he was sent to live with his uncle, who was a generous doctor. One day he decides to go back to his old neighborhood as “The Thing,” and he has to save an old man. Unfortunately it seems as though the man is going to died, so Ben is seen praying for him. It is said that what he was praying at that time was in fact, the “Sh’ma Yisrael”: a Hebrew prayer. Afterwards, the old man did not die and he asks Ben why he never told people that he was a Jewish. Ben replies that he did not want people to think that Jewish people are monsters. After this comic book was out, there were never really other comic books that really talked about his Jewish side-just a brief mention every now and then.
Shadowcat is a character in the series of X-Men. Her real name is Katherine Anne Pryde, it has been said that she is one of the most important and recognized Jewish character. Her appearance is this beautiful woman who wears the Star of David in a necklace. She has so much faith that once in a comic book The Uncanny X-Men#159 she had to fight Dracula and it was her necklace that helped her defeat him. Most of the time she is very excited and has never shown any shyness or embarrassment in showing that she is Jewish.