X-Men as J Men: The Jewish Subtext of a Comic Book Movie

@article{Baron2003XMenAJ,
  title={X-Men as J Men: The Jewish Subtext of a Comic Book Movie},
  author={Lawrence Baron},
  journal={Shofar: An Interdisciplinary Journal of Jewish Studies},
  year={2003},
  volume={22},
  pages={44 - 52}
}
  • L. Baron
  • Published 6 October 2003
  • Sociology
  • Shofar: An Interdisciplinary Journal of Jewish Studies
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