Is Howard Stark Jewish?

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The American comic book industry was founded by the work of Jewish comic book creators. Siegel and Schuster, Lee and Kirby, but of Jewish characters there were none – at least not openly. The Thing was relatively recently revealed to be Jewish.

The clues were always there, his Yancy Street was deliberately drawn to resemble the Lower East Side of Manhattan, known for its Jewish immigrant population, where Jack Kirby (or Jacob Kurtzberg) grew up. It was a kind of code, in plain sight that it took Mark Waid when writing the Fantastic Four to decipher.

It feels that such codes are of the past – but in last night's Agent Carter did we get another one?

There has been some discussion and argument as to whether Howard Stark is Jewish. Well last night's episode gave that some added Howard Stark ranting about his past says.

"I grew up on the Lower East Side. My father sold fruit, my mother sold shirt waists for a factory. Let me tell you you don't get to climb the American ladder without picking up some bad habits on the way there's a ceiling for certain types of people how much money your parents have, your social class, your religion, your sex. The only way to break through that ceiling sometimes is to lie, so that's my natural instinct, to lie."

Is this something that may be reflected back in the comics at some point? Maybe where there could be less need for codes?

About Rich Johnston

Founder of Bleeding Cool. The longest-serving digital news reporter in the world, since 1992. Author of The Flying Friar, Holed Up, The Avengefuls, Doctor Who: Room With A Deja Vu, The Many Murders Of Miss Cranbourne, Chase Variant. Lives in South-West London, works from Blacks on Dean Street, shops at Piranha Comics. Father of two. Political cartoonist.

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