Stan Lee and the Jews behind the Superheroes

April 7 2020

In the past decade, comic-book characters, and especially those created by Marvel, have come to dominate the movie business. “The person who has had the most impact on superhero comics” is Marvel’s Stan Lee, writes Michael Weingrad in his review of a recent biography of Lee by Liel Leibovitz. Born Stanley Lieber, the creator of Spiderman, Iron Man, and others, was the offspring of Jewish immigrants—and in this, he was not alone:

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More about: American Jewish History, Popular culture, Spiderman, Superman

How Israel Can Stand Up to a Belligerent Turkey

Sept. 25 2020

Under the leadership of President Recep Tayyip Erdogan, Ankara has become increasingly authoritarian, Islamist, and hostile toward Israel and the West more generally. The Turkish government has also indicated that it aspires to alter its maritime border with Greece, and even its border with Syria. Analyzing these changes, and what they term the country’s “bellicose foreign policy,” Efraim Inbar, Eran Lerman, and Hay Eytan Cohen Yanarocak examine the implications for Israel, and how the Jewish state might best respond:

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More about: Israeli Security, Recep Tayyip Erdoğan, Turkey, U.S. Foreign policy