The Shield of Israel may sound like a protective weapon devised by the Jewish state. And in a way, it is. The title refers to a new comic book series following the adventures of Magen, a caped crusader looking to rid the world of evil one suicide bomber at a time.
Created by Pratt graduate Joshua Stulman, the comic will be presented this month along with other Jewish cartoonists for the Super Jew Comics exhibit at the Hadas Gallery in New York. Magen will be featured in the company of Superman creators Jerry Siegal and Joe Shuster as well as Green Lantern launcher Martin Nodell.
Stulman owns a gallery of his own in Brooklyn and said he was inspired to create the Jewish superhero after reading about the exploits of Shaloman as a child. That series, created in the 80’s by artist Al Wiesner, will also be recognized at the Super Jew exhibit.
Stulman’s own heroic creation is based on a character without any real superpowers, just a thirst for knowledge and justice. The character, part of Israeli Defense Comics, lives on a kibbutz and works for a scientist developing protective gear. When Magen witnesses a suicide bombing, he dons his own super suit and leaps into action.
“Magen is a superhero that’s proud to be Jewish,” Stulman told the Brooklyn Paper. The artist added that the comic, which he plans to produce quarterly, doesn’t have a political agenda.
“I don’t really have an answer,” he said. “I just want to present the issues in a comic book format.”