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(The search for genealogical nobility and its racist variants suggest equally human motivations.) Using the "portray" and "express" distinction, Fingeroth's view is that the superhero genre frequently expresses distinctive aspects of Jewish culture, even when their creators, hoping for social acceptance, profess a purely American identity. Fingeroth touches many periods in comics history when the notion of a Jewish inflection is persuasive: the survivor guilt themes in the 1950s and 1960s with Superman as Krypton survivor, Captain America as World War II survivor; the neuroticism and self-doubt of Spiderman.
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