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Why Superman's Origins May Be Steeped in Judaism

Larry Tye
Superman and author Larry Tye. Tye says part of Superman's appeal originates with the trials and tribulations of his creator.

It's a bird … it's a plane … it's … you guessed it: Superman.

The high-flying Son of Krypton has been been a cultural force for 75 years and, while he's graced the panels of comic books and the silver screen, his humble beginnings and evolution over the years have reflected changing political and cultural tides, says Superman biographer Larry Tye.

Tye is in Austin for the 30th annual Austin Jewish Book Fair. And he says Superman's origins mirror that of the Jewish culture. Listen to the interview with KUT's Jennifer Stayton to hear from Tye about Superman and religion, history, and how he may have lost his moral compass. 

Jennifer Stayton is the local host for NPR's "Morning Edition" on KUT. Got a tip? Email her at Follow her on X @jenstayton.