Valerie Estelle Frankel is the editor of the Jewish Science Fiction and Fantasy series for Lexington Press. Submissions of scholarly books about Jewish science fiction and fantasy are welcome.
Valerie’s Chelm for the Holidays was a 2019 PJ Our Way PJ Library book.
Valerie is also writing a massive series analyzing and exploring ALL of Jewish science fiction and fantasy. Book one, Jewish Science Fiction and Fantasy through 1945: Immigrants in the Golden Age arrived in 2020 and the sequels are on their way. The first anthology, Jews in Popular Science Fiction (Sept 2022) features essays on Star Trek, Star Wars, Lord of the Rings, Avatar, Twilight Zone, DC Comics, Marvel, and many more big franchises. Discovering Jewish Science Fiction: A Look at the Jewish Influences in Star Trek, Star Wars, Doctor Who, DC, Marvel, and so Many More has just come out for the casual reader. Encountering Jewish Science Fiction for Kids and Teens has arrived as well. She presents on the history of Jewish SFF and her slides are available here. Here’s her talk on Youtube. Email valerie @ calithwain.com to book her at your synagogue, club, or event.
The number of Jewish sf and f novels and short stories is truly enormous. Steven H. Silver has compiled them at
There’s also a long crowdsourced goodreads list: https://www.goodreads.com/list/show/114070.Jewish_Science_Fiction_and_Fantasy
And spreadsheets of more Jewish spec fic: https://docs.google.com/spreadsheets/d/11SPzCxPSU2KdR9bXHjSXzKJMhWBOKPwbw5rlf4e4Bc4/edit?usp=sharing
Watch panels on Jewish Science Fiction and Fantasy: Nasfic 2020
Also, check out my Peoples of the Futuristic Book panel (among many others) at the Jewish Museum of Maryland.
An excellent comics list is up here: https://www.or-zse.hu/kutat/adatbazis/JEWISH_COMICS-A_SELECT_BIBLIOGRAPHY.htm and there’s a superhero list at http://www.comicbookreligion.com/?srch=religion-Jewish__23
Below I have lists of Jewish comics, TV episodes, and films
LIST OF JEWISH SUPERHERO COMICS
Adams, Neal, Rafael Medoff, and Craig Yoe, editors. We Spoke Out: Comic Books and the Holocaust. IDW/Yoe Books, 2018.
Bendis, Brian Michael and Stuart Immonen (p). “Crossroads.” The Uncanny X-Men #274. Marvel, Mar. 1991.
–. All-New X-Men #13 Marvel, June 2013.
Bennett, Marguerite and Mirka Andolfo, Sandy Jarrell (p). “The Battle of Berlin.” DC Bombshells #17. DC Comics, Nov. 2016.
Bergson, Steven M., editor. Jewish Comix Anthology: Volume 1: A Collection of Tales, Stories and Myths Told and Retold in Comic Book Format. AH Comics, 2014.
Bogavove, Jon and Louise Simonson. Man of Steel #80–82. DC Comics, 1998.
Brandstein, Matt and Ernie Colón (p). Mendy and the Golem #4 “Meltdown.” The Golem Factory, Jan. 2004.
Bunn, Cullen and Roland Boschi. “The Impossible Enemy.” The Merry X-Men Holiday Special. Marvel, Dec. 2018.
Chaykin, Howard. Dominic Fortune: It Can Happen Here and Now. Max, 2010.
Claremont, Chris and Bill Sienkiewicz (p). “The Only Thing to Fear…” New Mutants #25. Marvel, Feb. 1985.
–. “Blood Feud.” Uncanny X-Men Annual Vol 1. Marvel, Nov. 1982.
Claremont, Chris (a) and Brent Eric Anderson (p). X-Men: God Loves, Man Kills. Marvel, Aug. 1994.
Claremont, Chris and Dave Cockrum and Bob Wiacek (p). “Gold Rush!” The Uncanny X-Men #161. Marvel, Sept 1982.
Claremont, Chris and Dave Cockrum (p). “I, Magneto.” Uncanny X- Men #150. Marvel, Oct. 1981,
Claremont, Chris and George Evans (p). “The Duty of a Man.” War Is Hell #14. Marvel, Aug 1975.
Claremont, Chris and John Byrne and Terry Austin (p). “Days of Future Past.” Uncanny X-Men #141-142. Marvel Comics, Jan-Feb. 1980.
Claremont, Chris and John Romita Jr. (p). “The Morning After.” Uncanny X-Men #210. Marvel, Oct. 1986.
Claremont, Chris (w), John Romita Jr. and Dan Green (p). “The Spiral Path.” Uncanny X-Men #199. Marvel, Nov. 1985.
Claremont, Chris and Roger McKenzie and Sal Buscema and Don Perlin (p). “From the Ashes…” Captain America #237. Marvel, Sept. 1979.
Claremont, Chris and Terry Dodson (p). “Never Again.” The Merry X-Men Holiday Special. Marvel, Dec. 2018.
Conner, Amanda and Jimmy Palmiotti et al. Harley Quinn Vol. 3: Kiss Kiss Bang Stab. DC Comics, 2015.
David, Peter, Gary Frank and Terry Dodson. Supergirl. 1996-1997. DC Comics, 1998.
Deutsch, Barry. How Mirka Caught a Fish. Amulet Books, 2015.
–. How Mirka Got Her Sword. Amulet Books, 2010.
–. How Mirka Met a Meteorite. Amulet Books, 2012.
Ellis, Warren and Amanda Conner (p). Vampirella Lives. Harris Comics, Dec 1996. – Feb 1997.
Feldstein, Al and Bernie Krigstein (p). “The Master Race.” Impact #1. EC Comics, Mar-Apr. 1955.
Fisch, Sholly and Lea Hernandez (p). “Oil’s Well.” Teen Titans Go! #49. DC Comics, Dec. 2017.
Fisch, Sholly and Rick Burchett (p). All-New Batman: The Brave and the Bold #14. DC Comics, Feb. 2012.
Gaiman, Neil et al., Absolute Sandman, Vol. 2. DC Comics, 2007.
–. Absolute Sandman, Vol. 3. DC Comics, 2007.
Glass, Adam, Mike Benson, and Harwinder Singh. Brik. Oni Press, 2016.
Goodwin, Archie and Gene Colan (p). “Experiment in Fear!” Eerie #9. Warren Publishing, May 1967.
Harper, Steve and Neal Adams (a). “Thou Shalt Not Kill!” Weird War Tales #8. DC Comics, Nov 1972.
Harrison, Harry (p). “The Tattooed Heart!” Beware! Terror Tales #4. Fawcett Comics, Mar 1953.
Johnston, Rich and Simon Rohrmüller (p). Watchmensch. Brain Scan Studios, 2009.
Kanigher Robert and Joe Kubert (p). “Origin of the Tatterdemalion.” Ragman #1. DC Comics, Sept. 1976.
Kanigher, Robert (a) and John Severin (p). “The Losers: Mark our graves!” Our Fighting Forces #150. DC Comics, Aug-Sept 1974.
Kanigher, Robert and Ric Estrada (a). “Walls of Blood.” Blitzkrieg #2. DC Comics, Mar-Apr 1976.
–. “The Fourth Death!!” Sgt Rock Spectacular #13. DC Comics, Apr. 1978.
Kessel, Karl and Stuart Immonen (p). “Remembrance of Things Past,” Fantastic Four #56. Marvel, Aug. 2002.
King, Tom and Mitch Gerads. Mister Miracle. DC Comics, 2017.
Kirby, Jack (w and a). The Fourth World Omnibus by Jack Kirby. DC Comics, 2017.
Kirshner, Rebecca Rand and Mira Friedman (p). “Sonneblume,”Tales of the Slayers, edited by Joss Whedon. Dark Horse, 2002.
Kubert, Joe (w and a). “Holocaust.” Sgt. Rock #351. DC Comics, Apr. 1981.
–. “Totentanz.” Star Spangled War Stories #158. DC Comics, Aug-Sept 1971.
Kurtzman, Harvey and Wally Wood (p). “Desert Fox!” Frontline Combat #3. EC Comics, Nov-Dec 1951.
Levitz, Paul and José Luis García-López (p). “Star Light, Star Bright…Farthest Star I See Tonight.” Christmas with the Super-Heroes #1 DC Comics, Dec. 1988.
Levitz, Paul and Keith Giffen (p). “And the Sky Itself Shall Burn!” Legion of Super-Heroes #308. DC Comics, Feb. 1984.
Lobdell, Scott and Roger Cruz (p). “Whispers on the Wind.” Uncanny X-Men #327. Marvel, Dec. 1995.
Mantlo, Bill and Sal Buscema (p). “Power and Peril in the Promised Land.” The Incredible Hulk #256. Marvel, Feb. 1981.
McKenzie, Roger and Carmine Infantino and Joe Rubinstein (p). “The Calypso Connection!” Captain America #245. Marvel, May 1980.
Moore, Alan and Dave Gibbons (p). Watchmen. Warner Books, 1987.
Moore, Alan and J.H Williams III (p). Promethea Collected Edition Books 1-5. America’s Best Comics, 2000-2005.
Moore, Terry. Rachel Rising #10. Abstract Studio, Aug. 2012.
Napoli, Vince (p). “Escape from Maidenek.” Stamps Comics #4. Youthful Magazine, Apr. 1952.
Oirich, Alan and Ron Randall (p). “Amnesia Countdown.” Jewish Hero Corps #1. Judaica Press, 2003.
O’Neil, Denny (w), Neal Adams and Dick Giordano (p). “Night of the Reaper!” Batman #237. DC Comics, Dec. 1971.
Pak, Greg and Carmine Di Giandomenico (p). X-Men Magneto: Testament. Marvel, 2009.
Pope, Paul. “The Berlin Batman.” The Batman Chronicles #11. DC Comics, Winter 1998.
Randolph, Grace and Russell Dauterman (p). Supurbia Vol. 1. BOOM! 2013.
Rucka, Greg and Christian Alamy (p). “Lights.” DC Infinite Holiday Special. DC Comics, Dec. 2006.
Simone, Gail, Dan Slott, and Fred Hembeck (w), and Laura Braga (p). Fantastic Four Wedding Special. Marvel, Dec. 2018.
Skolnick, Evan and Patrick Zircher (p). “Radicals.” The New Warriors #59. Marvel, May 1995.
–. “Shalom, Shalom (Goodbye, Peace).” The New Warriors #58. Marvel, Apr. 1995.
Slott, Dan and Connor Willumsen (p). Amazing Spider-Man #686. Marvel, May 2012.
Snyder, Robin. Manimal. Vol. 1. Renegade Press, 1985.
Soule, Charles and Ryan Browne (p) “Hotclaws For Hanukkah.” The Merry X-Men Holiday Special. Marvel, Dec. 2018.
Starlin, Jim and Ron Lim (p). Infinity Crusade. Marvel, June 1993.
Stavans, Ilan and Steve Sheinkin (p). El Iluminado: A Graphic Novel. Basic Books, 2012.
Straczynski, J. Michael and Chris Weston (p). The Twelve. Marvel, 2008.
Thomas, Roy and Gil Kane and Dan Adkins (p). “The Mad Master of the Murder Maze!” Captain Marvel #19. Marvel, Dec. 1969.
Thomas, Roy and Herb Trimpe (p). “Among Us Walks the Golem.” The Incredible Hulk #134. Marvel, 1970.
Wein, Lem and Curt Swan (p).“The Man Who Murdered the Earth!” Superman #248. DC Comics, Feb. 1972.
Wein, Lem and John Buscema (p). “There Walks the Golem!” Strange Tales #174. Marvel, June 1974.
Zelenetz, Alan and Bo Hampton (p). “Red Sins.” Moon Knight #37. Marvel, May 1984.
–. “Final Rest.” Moon Knight #38. Marvel, July 1984.
JEWISH SCIENCE FICTION TV SHOWS AND EPISODES
3rd Rock from the Sun: “Dick Like Me.” (also ongoing Jewish joke)
Arrow (main character)
Babylon 5 (main character)
Being Human (main character, US and UK)
Buffy the Vampire Slayer (main character)
DC’s Legends of Tomorrow: “Beebo, the God of War,” “Hell No, Dolly” (also early season main character)
Der Fuehrer’s Face. Walt Disney Treasures.
Doctor Who. “The Daleks.” (also ongoing Doctor as refugee metaphor, especially early)
Dollhouse: “Man on the Street”
Fear the Walking Dead: “Ner Tamid.”
Forever: “Hitler on the Half Shell”
Futurama: “The Cryonic Woman” “The Bots and the Bees” “That’s Lobstertainment!” (also ongoing Bender and Zoidberg metaphors)
Grimm: “Dyin’ on a Prayer”
Harley Quinn (main character)
Lemony Snicket’s A Series of Unfortunate Events (ongoing metaphor)
Nancy Drew: “The Fate of the Buried Treasure.”
The Order (golem character)
The Originals: “Between the Devil and the Deep Blue Sea.”
Penny Dreadful: City of Angels (main character)
The Real Adventures of Johnny Quest, “Rock of Rages.”
Sleepy Hollow: “The Golem”
Spaceballs: The Cartoon
Star Trek DS9: “Duet”“Rules of Acquisition” (also ongoing Bajoran and Ferengi metaphors)
Star Trek: The Original Series: “The Conscience of the King” (also ongoing Spock metaphors)
Star Trek: TNG: “Family”
Supernatural. “Everybody Hates Hitler,” “The Vessel,” “The One You’ve Been Waiting For,” “Time for a Wedding.”
Tales from the Crypt Presents Bordello of Blood
The Three Stooges: “You Natzey Spy!” “I’ll Never Heil Again.” “Back from the Front,”
Trollhunters: “Mudslinging” “Blinkey’s Day Out”
Warehouse 13: “Secret Santa” (and main character)
The X-Files: “Kaddish”
Xena: “The Royal Couple of Thieves” “The Giant Killer,” “Altared Staes”
JEWISH SCIFI FANTASY FILM LIST
A Bucket of Blood
A Night in Casablanca
Addams Family Values
An American Tail
An American Tail: The Treasure of Manhattan Island
An American Werewolf in London.
The Devil and Sam Silverstein
Everything You Always Wanted to Know About Sex (But Were Afraid to Ask)
Fantastic Beasts and Where to Find Them (and sequels)
The Fearless Vampire Killers
Fievel Goes West
The Golem: How He Came into the World
The Great Dictator
Have Rocket, Will Travel
The Hebrew Hammer
History of the World: Part One
The Little Shop of Horrors (original and musical)
Lot in Sodom
Love at First Bite
The New Mel Brooks Musical: Young Frankenstein
The Princess Bride
The Real Shlemiel
Robin Hood: Men in Tights
The Seventh Sign
Snow White and the Three Stooges
Star Trek III: The Search for Spock.
Star Trek V: The Final Frontier
Tale of Tales https://youtu.be/hN1zimADh6Q
The Three Stooges in Orbit
The Three Stooges Meet Hercules
Twilight Zone: The Movie
The Wolf Man
X-Men: First Class