7 ways to be a superhero at the Jewish Museum of Maryland

‘Zap, Pow, Bam!' traces Jewish comic book history

BALTIMORE - “It’s fun. It’s Zap, Pow, Bam!” said Marvin Pinkert. The Jewish Museum of Maryland Executive Director said the superheroes of the 1930s, 1940s and 1950s are everywhere at the Herbert Bearman Campus.

“This is all about the creation of Superman, Batman, Wonder Woman, Captain America and the list goes on and on. All of which were created by young Jewish artists.”

These crime fighters combated more than the Penguin, Lex Luther and Red Skull; they also protected the world from some real-life villains.

“They could defeat Hitler. They could save poor people. They could stop criminal gangs,” said Marvin.

“Sixteen pages of a comic book could save the world. That’s what makes them so irresistible,” he added.

So who’s the best super hero to go up, up, and oy vey?

“Superman is very special. He is one of the first aliens to be the good guy,” explained Marvin.

The Golden Age of Comic Books exhibit runs through August.

7 ways to be a superhero at the Jewish Museum of Maryland

  1. A comic book drawing studio
  2. The Batmobile
  3. A comic book nook
  4. Superhero dress up station
  5. Superman telephone booth
  6. Vintage artwork and books
  7. Interactive displays
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