Men of Steel and Women of Valor: Comic Books and Bible Collide in New Exhibition by Isaac Brynjegard-Bialik
Brynjegard-Bialik includes comics in his work to draw parallels between comic book mythologies and religious traditions, delving into the stories that make us human. This exhibition focuses heavily on Superman, created in Cleveland in the 1930s by two Jews, Jerry Siegel and Joe Shuster — portraits of whom are included in the show, made of cut-up Superman comics from the past 90 years.
At the heart of the exhibition is a series of large-scale portraits, as a nod to the Jewish custom of inviting guests into one’s sukkah during the fall festival of Sukkot. Brynjegard-Bialik has turned comics featuring Superman and Lois Lane, Daredevil and Elektra, the Fantastic Four and more, into the biblical patriarchs and matriarchs: Abraham and Sarah; Isaac and Rebekah; and Jacob, Leah, and Rachel.