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Jews are pretty underrepresented in the world of comic books.  Although Jerry Siegal and Joe Shuster (creators of Superman) and Stan Lee (creator of almost every other comic book character) are Jews, the inhabitants of their works seem to be lacking any type of religion.  But there is at least one Jewish character gracing the pages of the comic book world.  And he just so happens to be an evil genius, or Jewnius, if you will. This character is Holocaust survivor and main villain to the X-Men, Magneto.

Born with the Semitic sounding name of Max Eisenhardt, he did as so many notable Jews do along their road to fame and changed it to something snazzier.  Not only does Magneto roll off the tongue a lot easier than his birth name, but it also references the fact that he can manipulate metal and alter the gravitational pull around him. Personally, I have mixed feelings about Magneto being Jewish.  It’s bad enough that the rest of the world thinks we control the banks and the movie industry; we certainly don’t want people under the impression that we control the Earth’s electromagnetic fields as well.

Anyway, the most prominent feature of Magneto’s costume, aside from his effeminate pink and purple ensemble, is that helmet of his.  While many people think he wears that thing to prevent his one-time friend and long-time enemy Professor X from reading his mind, the helmet serves another purpose.  You see, Magneto, being the Jew that he is, has a Jew-fro.  And that’s why he’s seldom seen without his headwear.  Luckily for you, I got my hands on a copy of the one comic book where Magneto is shown without his helmet, the controversial October 1983 issue of The Uncanny X-Men, titled “A Hairy Situation.”  Enjoy!


As if it weren’t hard enough growing up with a Jew-fro, try getting through adolescence with a giant Brillo pad on your scalp while playing a pathetic nerd on TV.  Such was the life of Dustin Diamond, better known as Samuel “Screech” Powers on Saved by the Bell.  Imagine spending your formative years playing a loser on TV who is taken advantage of by his supposed friends, constantly gets smacked down by the girl of his dreams, and is pretty much picked on by everyone at Bayside High School.

It’s pretty hard to get over that type of characterization, and, as such, Diamond was pretty much typecast as “the skinny nerd with curly hair.”  While his Saved by the Bell co-stars had at least somewhat successful and diverse acting careers, Diamond’s on-screen credits are confined to things like Saved by the Bell: The College Years, Saved by the Bell: Hawaiian Style and Saved by the Bell: The New Class, portraying his Screech character in each one. But there is another film credit in his portfolio.  In 2006, that skinny nerd with a Jew-fro starred in and directed his own porno, exposing his, uh, other Jew-fro to the rest of the world.

While Dustin Diamond spent his childhood getting picked on both on TV and in real life and has become a punchline in his adult years, I’m happy to pay tribute to him on  Going through life with a Jew-fro isn’t easy, and with all the crap he’s had to deal with, it’s a wonder he’s still alive.

And I hear he's single, ladies!

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