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The Golem's Mighty Swing
How odd that America's national pastime has never translated well to comic books, which are arguably America's national art form. There was Will Eisner's Baseball Comics in the late-'40s, and Ray Gotto's Cotton Woods strip in the '50s. But cartoonist James Sturm throws all that out the window and turns to the subtly animated graphics of Japanese baseball comics (or "manga"). In the process, he has made the first American baseball comic that brings the game itself to life. Centered on the Stars of David, a barnstorming Jewish team in the anti-Semitic 1920s, the story equates the sport with aspects of national identity in a way that is neither sentimental nor heavy handed.