EXCLUSIVE: STAN LEE & NEAL ADAMS on Comics and the Holocaust

An INSIDE LOOK at We Spoke Out, one of the most compelling comics history books to come out this year…


It’s usually fun and games here at 13th Dimension, but this time we’re taking a sober look at one of the most vital collections of comics stories I’ve seen in some time: We Spoke Out: Comic Books and the Holocaust is a fascinating retrospective survey of how the Holocaust was documented in 20th century comic books, particularly in the ’50s, ’60s and ’70s.

The 280-page hardcover from Yoe Books and IDW is a scholarly yet eminently accessible volume by Neal Adams, Rafael Medoff, Craig Yoe and Clizia Gussoni. It presents a series of in-depth essays on the nexus between comics craft and the horrors of the Holocaust, as well as more than a dozen complete vintage color and black-and-white stories from an extraordinary who’s who of creators, including Adams, Denny O’Neil, Robert Kanigher, Harvey Kurtzman, Wally Wood, Joe Kubert, Bernard Krigstein, Archie Goodwin, Gene Colan, Al Feldstein, Roy Thomas, Gil Kane, Chris Claremont, Sal Buscema, Frank Miller, Carmine Infantino, Dave Cockrum, and many others.

The stories were culled from DC, Marvel, EC, Warren and Fawcett titles, including Batman, Captain America, X-Men, Star Spangled War Stories, Sgt. Rock, Frontline Combat, Eerie and many more.

Take a look at the table of contents:

(Again, these are complete stories, not just excerpts. For example, O’Neil and Adams’ classic Night of the Reaper! from Batman #237 is presented in its entirety.)

We Spoke Out’s introduction was written by none other than Stan Lee (who also provided an Afterword) and there are pieces by Adams, Medoff and Yoe, as well. Medoff also wrote the essays that introduce each story.

We’re proud to present Lee’s introduction and Adams’ essay below, excerpted directly from the book. Not only that, to give you a real taste of the stories themselves, we’ve included the complete Experiment in Fear! from May, 1967’s Eerie #9, written by Archie Goodwin, with art by Gene Colan. (Medoff’s essay on the story is also included.)

We Spoke Out: Comic Books and the Holocaust is a 280-page hardcover and lists for $49.99. It is due out 3/21.

Author: Dan Greenfield

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  1. Good for Mr Medoff. He is the force behind this book. I see where his compatriot Mr Wyman passed last week which is sad considering the release of this book. I wonder if Neal speaks of his personal experiences in the text. When he worked with Rafael and the Wyman Insitute on the We Spoke Out animated series he related his stories at SDCC. I was left speechless as he was hearing of his recollection. As this ugliness has again a force that will be hopefully checked great time for the book to get out there. Thanks Dan

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  2. April 11th will be the official release. All the principles will be there for signing.

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  3. Release info ….

    Please join us for a Yom HaShoah commemoration and the public launch of

    WE SPOKE OUT: Comic Books and the Holocaust

    A new book by legendary comic book artist Neal Adams,
    Wyman Institute director Dr. Rafael Medoff, and comics historian Craig Yoe.

    Wednesday evening, April 11, 2018 at 7:00 pm

    at the Center for Jewish History – 15 West 16 St., New York CIty

    The program, which will be hosted by the American Jewish Historical Society, will include a panel discussion
    with all three authors, followed by a book signing. Copies of WE SPOKE OUT will be available for purchase.

    Tickets are $10 ($5 for students) in advance; $12 at the door. To purchase tickets, go to:

    To view a brief video about WE SPOKE OUT: https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=MrevzYb_E8A

    If you can’t join us on April 11, you can purchase WE SPOKE OUT here:

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