August 4, 2006

Suddenly, Mel is a big fan


The twist ending of last night's episode of Who Wants to be a Superhero puts our old friend Iron Enforcer in some rare company.

Spoiler, and its significance, after the jump.

Comicdom has seen a fair number of (explicitly) Jewish superheroes in the last few decades (bonus: can you tell them from the gays?), but when it comes to Jewish supervillains, the list is short: Magneto and Harley Quinn. And maybe Michael Malice. (Aside to comic/Judaism geeks: I'm using matriarchal lineage or self-identity as my yardstick, and besides, Scarlet Witch and Quicksilver have been good guys for a while now).

So when Iron Enforcer became the evil Dark Enforcer, it was a big step for the Jewish community, not least because, unlike Magneto, Enforcer doesn't fit the stereotype of Jews being all intelligent and stuff.

Posted by Daniel Radosh

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