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Golems in Comics
some examples

Ghost #22: cover, showing Ghost battling a Golem

Ghost #2, volume 2 (1995 series), published by Dark Horse, featured a Golem as an antagonist.

From: "Jewish Comics Exhibit Notes" webpage, last updated 5 December 2004 (http://www.geocities.com/hadassahfink/comicexhnotes.htm; viewed 4 July 2007):

Ghost #22
To help in trying to learn the secret behind her death, Ghost discovers a map that will tell her more about the city called Arcadia. However, the map is located in a tomb and is guarded by a Golem. She and her friends, Tiger and Focus, are almost defeated by the Golem. However, Focus manages to shoot the mystical token out of its body, returning it to its inanimate form.


Invaders #13: cover, showing a Golem (Jacob Goldstein) saving Captain America and Sub-Mariner from Nazis

From: "Jewish Comics Exhibit Notes" webpage, last updated 5 December 2004 (http://www.geocities.com/hadassahfink/comicexhnotes.htm; viewed 4 July 2007):

Invaders #13
The captured Invaders super-team is saved by the Golem, who is actually Jacob Goldstein - the resident of the Warsaw Ghetto they had gone there to smuggle out. In the end, he decides to stay in the Ghetto with his people, hoping to help them out as much as he can.

From: Mikel Midnight, "The Jewish Supers List" (http://blaklion.best.vwh.net/jew.html; viewed 4 July 2007):

Marvel... Golem [Jacob Goldstein, cf. Invaders #12]

Saga of the Swamp Thing #11: cover, showing a Golem fighting Swamp Thing

From: "Jewish Comics Exhibit Notes" webpage, last updated 5 December 2004 (http://www.geocities.com/hadassahfink/comicexhnotes.htm; viewed 4 July 2007):

Saga of the Swamp Thing #11
Swamp Thing decides to help Harry Kay and his team to kill Karen Clancy, a paranormal who is trying to release "the Beast" and enable it to rule the mortal plane. Kay builds a golem to help them, but the golem ends up instinctively trying to kill Swamp Thing, attracted to him by Clancy's locket, which it was honing in on.


Scorpion #3: cover, showing Scorpion fighting a Rabbi Akiba's Golem and Golden Fuhrer

From: "Jewish Comics Exhibit Notes" webpage, last updated 5 December 2004 (http://www.geocities.com/hadassahfink/comicexhnotes.htm; viewed 4 July 2007):

Scorpion #3
Rabbi Akiba is forced by a Nazi, known as the Golden Fuhrer, to bring his golem back to life. However, the golem tries to find the Golden Fuhrer to kill him, not to help him. En route to the hideout of the Golden Fuhrer, the Scorpion encounters the golem and mistakes him for a super-villain.


Xombi #2: cover, story featuring Rabbi Sinnowitz and his two golems, Boaz and Joachim

From: "Jewish Comics Exhibit Notes" webpage, last updated 5 December 2004 (http://www.geocities.com/hadassahfink/comicexhnotes.htm; viewed 4 July 2007):

Xombi #2
A pair of homunculi attempt to kill David Kim, but he is saved by Rabbi Sinnowitz and his two golems, Boaz and Joachim. Both of the golems have a similar look to the one in the German film Der Golem.

From: "Xombi" page on Wikipedia.org website (http://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Xombi; viewed 4 July 2007):

Xombi is a Milestone Comics superhero published by DC Comics. He first appeared in Xombi #0, (January 1994), and was created by John Rozum and Denys Cowan.

Supporting characters

- Becan - appeared in issue 17, an oracle who David Kim/Xombi and Rabbi Sinnowitz meet in a strange and disgusting bar...

- Dumaka - another Xombi introduced to David Kim/Xombi and Rabbi Sinnowitz in issue 17, by the oracle Becan; Dumaka became a Xombi by African folk magic, he continued to live by means of a regenerating tail. He and David talked of living forever (being immortal) and the truly bad things that come with it; after the talk and David Kim/Xombi and Rabbi Sinnowitz leave, Dumaka gives up the will to live and he dies in issue 18...

- Julian Parker - an ally of David Kim/Xombi and Rabbi Sinnowitz; Julian Parker is the son of some demons...

- Kameko - appears in issue 17, she had dreams about David Kim/Xombi, she lives in the huge palace with various people; when Kameko and David meet in issue 19, when Rabbi Sinnowitz takes David to meet her, she reveals that she was expecting him because she loves him dearly, they have a long talk concerning the future as Kameko has seen it; the story Kameko tells is one were David destroys the world with his technology. She tells him of the time when they will meet in 80 years. David refuses to accept the future that Kameko describes and leaves maybe to never see her again...

- Rabbi Sinnowitz - an ally of David Kim/Xombi. He is an occult practitioner with penchant for Golum manufacture and control. Rabbi Sinnowitz became involved in the shadow worlds when he and his young wife battled with the Kinderessen, child eaters. The unborn child of Rabbi Sinnowitz and his wife was killed and Rabbi Sinnowitz took up an interest in the occult.


Strange Tales #177: cover, showing a 16th Century golem

From: "Jewish Comics Exhibit Notes" webpage, last updated 5 December 2004 (http://www.geocities.com/hadassahfink/comicexhnotes.htm; viewed 4 July 2007):

Stange Tales #177
The evil mystic Kaballa attempts to capture the Golem to use in his plans for world domination. The story begins with the retelling of a 16th century Yiddish legend about another golem.


Strange Tales #174: cover, showing a The Golem, Marvel's first Jewish super-hero

From: message posted 14 July 2004 on "The Bleat" blog website (http://www.lileks.com/bleats/archive/04/0704/071404.html; viewed 2 August 2007):

Finally, I give you a comic that didn't last very long:

[Scanned cover of Strange Tales #174, featuring the first appearance of "The Golem," the new cover-featured star of this comic book series.]

A "Note from the Bullpen" said this was the first Jewish superhero in comics, but now we know that's not true. Ben Grimm (the Thing) is Jewish [link to: http://www.forward.com/issues/2002/02.07.26/fast1.html/]. Reed Richards? Episcopalian, I'd bet. Silver Surfer? Unitarian.


Detective Comics #632: cover, showing Batman on lampost. Story features Golem and neo-Nazis

From: "Jewish Comics Exhibit Notes" webpage, last updated 5 December 2004 (http://www.geocities.com/hadassahfink/comicexhnotes.htm; viewed 4 July 2007):

Detective Comics #632
Batman must stop a neo-Nazi gang, as well as the Golem that has been created to kill them. The Golem is inhabited by the spirit of a man who died during the Holocaust and who sees Nazis everywhere.


See also:
http://www.comicbloc.com/forums/archive/index.php/t-16070.html


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