Thursday, October 21, 2021


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Legend and fact are combined for a dramatic retelling of the life of Genghis Khan. Then, in 1930s Algiers, a rabbi's cat learns to speak, and wants to read... the Torah? Join columnist Joseph Self for these two comics series that delve into historical fiction.


Nope, banish those mental images of William Shatner and Ricardo Montalban… this series is definitely more Conan than Star Trek.

Immortalized in history as both a barbaric warrior and brilliant tactician, Genghis Khan rose from slavery to unite the numerous Mongol tribes into the conquering horde for which they are remembered. In the relatively short years of his life, Khan claimed more peoples and lands than the Romans did in 400 years of empire, accomplishing what no man or woman has done before or since: literally becoming ruler of the ancient world.

Combining accepted fact with legends and dramatic storytelling, Khan is an exciting heroic tale that is, according to writer Tom DeFalco, ‘sort of/kind of’ historically accurate. DeFalco, editor-in-chief of Marvel comics from 1987-1994, has put his mark on every type of comic from Wolverine and Spider-Man to Archie and the Flintstones.






The Rabbi’s Cat

“I didn’t eat the parrot!” exclaimed the cat… an obvious lie, since he couldn’t speak until the bird who could disappeared. From this fantastical beginning comes an engaging story of faith, religious tradition, and family values, and the gradual acceptance of differing interpretations of each.

Set in 1930s Algiers, where Jews , Arabs and Christians were able to co-exist in relative peace, this is the story of an aging Rabbi, his nubile daughter, and their mischievous but well-meaning cat. When he gains the ability to speak, the cat insists on learning the Torah, but another rabbi insists that cats can’t be Jewish — and the cat, of course, has to prove him wrong, much to his master’s secret delight.

Probably best known in America for his Little Vampire children’s books, creator Sfar presents a tale that is dramatic, humorous, intelligent and irreverent, and filled with endearingly human characters.



From his secret Rocky Mountain refuge 9200 feet above the world, Joe indulges his passion for comics and other alternate realities, including his own. A long-time writer for ComicBase, his name is a veritable pun generator. You can e-mail your questions and suggestions to Joe at

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