Superman is Jewish, and other little known facts about the enduring superhero

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Larry Tye, the author of the book Superman: The High-flying History of America’s Most Enduring Hero, jetted into San Diego for Comic-Con this week–ground zero for all things pop culture–where the newest actor to play the Man of Steel will be introduced to adoring fans.

Tye took time out of his schedule to talk to us about the genesis of Superman (he was hardly an overnight success,) his religion (while he appeals to all, Tye claims his roots are Jewish,) and the brewing legal battle that could very well put Superman-as-economic-engine out of business as we know it.  (Perhaps a pocket full of Kryptonite is in order?)

Our chat begins with a look at how Superman was “born” out of the sadness of his creator at the loss of this dad: