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Tuesday, May 22, 2007

Spider-Mensch

It was debated in an episode of Seinfeld Friends whether "Spiderman" is a Jewish name. Now comes confirmation.

“Peter Parker’s a nerd who grew up in Forest Hills, his middle name is Benjamin and he’s motivated by guilt…I see a connection,” jokes Rabbi Simcha Weinstein, author of “Up, Up, And Oy Vey! How Jewish History, Culture and Values Shaped the Comic Book Superhero."
Weinstein’s suspicions about Spider-Man were confirmed when he came across golden age comic book illustrator Patti Cochran, who told him that the Marvel Comics editorial staff always worked off the belief that Peter Parker was Jewish. [Link]

Arĉjo

Actually, I'm pretty sure that was an episode of Friends, where I'm sad to recall a scene with Phoebe wondering why it wasn't pronounced with a schwa to sound like "Silverman".

Chris

You're right, thanks! Here's the transcript. My memory was a bit foggy last night.

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