Giving Thanks: Howard S. Spielman comic strips for the Jewish Press

In the spirit of the season of giving, we’ll be highlighting a few of the amazing gifts we received in 2019 throughout the rest of the year on our blog and/or Facebook, Twitter, and Instagram. Follow us on social media for more updates! As always, we are so thankful to our donors and friends throughout the world for supporting our collection.

Howard Spielman original art for the Jewish Press, 1967. Gift of Sarah Rothschild.

Thank you Sarah Rothschild, who donated 22 original art pages from Howard Spielman, created between 1967-1970. According to Steven Bergson, editor of the Jewish Comix Anthology, Spielman was an Orthodox cartoonist who  wrote and illustrated serialized comic strips for the Jewish Press “about rabbis, King Solomon, ancient Israel and the legendary Golem.”

Howard Spielman original art for the Jewish Press, 1967. Gift of Sarah Rothschild.

The content explored in Spielman’s fascinating comic strips held by the Billy Ireland Cartoon Library & Museum includes the establishment of the state of Israel, the formation of the IDF, the execution of Dov Gruner liberation of Atlit detainee camp in 1945, the 1929 Palestine Riots, and more.

Howard Spielman original art for the Jewish Press, 1967. Gift of Sarah Rothschild.

Rothschild discovered these unique pages for sale on Facebook marketplace, and was thoughtful enough to acquire them for donation to our museum. Thank you for helping us preserve this unique work!

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  1. Could you add some historical context to these interesting cartoons. I am not aware of the British sinking any refugee ships. I think the Soviets did, though, from Romania, if I am not mistaken, and I don’t think that that was post war.

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