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Below: The Jewish characters in the cast of comic book series Mendy and the Golem: Mendy Klein, Revkie Klein, Golem, Anthony usps, Aunt Leah, Benny Resnick, Farfel, Franz Nodrogovich, Fruma, Ludmila Novakova, Mrs. Elka Klein, Nina, Pavel Novak, Prof. Joe Klein, Reb Zushe, Shaina Resnick, Tamir Bookman, Cousin Danny. [Source: MileChai.com online bookstore, http://www.milechai.com/product3/golem.html; viewed 4 July 2007]
From: "Mendy's Golem" webpage on "International Superheroes" website (http://www.internationalhero.co.uk/m/mindygol.htm; viewed 4 July 2007):
Real Name: Mendy Klein; Sholem
Identity/Class: (Mendy) normal human boy; (Golem) magically animated humanoid clay statue
Occupation: (Mendy) schoolkid; (Golem) protector of the Klein family
Affiliations: Each other
Enemies: Pavel Novak, Ludmila Novakova, Vaclav
Known Relatives: Mendy Rivkie (sister), Professor Joe Klein (father), Elka Klein (mother), Danny (cousin); Golem None
Aliases: None known
Base of Operations: New Haven, Conneticut; Prague, Czech Republic
First Appearance: Mendy's Fun Page (Mendy Enterprises, 1977)
Powers/Abilities: Sholem is incredibly strong and nearly impervious to injury.
History: When Professor Klein went missing during a trip to Prague, his wife and children moved their to look for him. The children discovered that he had been kidnapped by Ludmila and her partner Pavel, who wanted him to create a golem for them. Professor Klein obliged - but the villains found to their dismay that Sholem, as he was named, only felt like obeying Mendy.
Comments: Created by Tami Pinson. The characters first appeared in Mendy's Fun Page, which ran weekly in a number of Jewish newspapers in North American and Australia. There was a comic of Mendy and the Golem in the early 1980's, and more recently the title has been revived in an all new telling of the story. For more details, check the official website at www.thegolem.com.
From: "Jewish Comics Exhibit Notes" webpage, last updated 5 December 2004 (http://www.geocities.com/hadassahfink/comicexhnotes.htm; viewed 4 July 2007):
The Adventures of Mendy and the Golem #16
The cover shows the square-headed and clothed "baby golem" named Sholem. In this issue, Sholem discovers the submarine of Professor Nemo, who has been polluting the water with a chemical that causes people to be more irritable towards one another. Sholem succeeds in damaging Professor Nemo's sub and bringing him to shore.