Quite a year for our old friend Superman.
He's turning 75 -- he sure doesn't look it! -- and, starting Friday (June 14), fans of the Krypton-born superhero will be flocking to the multiplexes to catch his latest movie, "Man of Steel."
But how well do you really know this flying icon?
Yes, he's sometimes disguised as Clark Kent, mild-mannered reporter for a major metropolitan newspaper.
But did you know he's also Jewish?
So says Larry Tye, author of the new best-selling bio, "Superman: The High-Flying History of America's Most Enduring Hero."
Some have opined that the new movie, and a few of the older ones, cast Superman as Christ-like.
But this week, writing in The Jewish Daily Forward, Tye returned to Superman's roots, where he identified models from the Hebrew Bible and recalled the Midwestern Jewish neighborhood, circa World War II, that was home to the creator of the comic book hero.
The title of Tye's piece: "10 Reasons Superman Is Really Jewish."
Here are the first three, in the words of Mr. Tye.*