From Krakow to Krypton
Jews and Comic Books
Full color throughout
From Krakow to Krypton named by the American Library Association as a 2009 Sophie Brody Honor Book
From Krakow to Krypton named a 2008 National Jewish Book Award Finalist
From Krakow to Krypton has been selected by USA Books as a Finalist in the Popular Culture category of its National "Best Books 2009" Awards!
Ilovelibraries.org, a website of the American Library Association, named From Krakow to Krypton a Booklist Editors' Choice: Books for Youth Winner for 2009.
Read a recent article/interview with Arie Kaplan in Forces of Geek.
Access a Comic Related blog post which mentions Arie Kaplan and From Krakow to Krypton.
"In From Krakow to Krypton, Arie Kaplan threads together the disparate elements of comicdom--Jewish culture, geek culture, fandom, sci-fi, adolescent power fantasies, outsider art, and the New York City of reality and myth--and ties them all together .... A smart, fun book."
- Danny Fingeroth, author of Disguised as Clark Kent: Jews, Comics, and the Creation of the Superhero
"A new and fascinating look at the history of comic books ... You really don't have to be Jewish to thoroughly enjoy this trip down comic book memory lane."
- Al Jaffee, long-time MAD Magazine contributor and author of the forthcoming Talltales
"Arie Kaplan has written a miracle of a book, as comprehensive as it is entertaining; a virtual Jew's Who of the comic book universe."
- Larry Gelbart, legendary TV writer/screenwriter (M*A*S*H, Tootsie)
Jews created the first comic book, the first graphic novel, the first comic book convention, the first comic book specialty store, and they helped create the underground comics (or "Comix") movement of the late '60s and early '70s. Many of the creators of the most famous comic books, such as Superman, Spiderman, X-Men, and Batman, as well as the founders of MAD Magazine, were Jewish. From Krakow to Krypton: Jews and Comic Books tells their stories and demonstrates how they brought a uniquely Jewish perspective to their work and to the comics industry as a whole.
Over-sized and in full color, From Krakow to Krypton is filled with sidebars, cartoon bubbles, comic book graphics, original design sketches, and photographs. It is a visually stunning and exhilarating history.