We need a hero

Israeli artist and writer Uri Fink shares how he created some of the most noted Israeli comic-book characters, and his thoughts on seeing them on a postage stamp celebrating 70 years of independence

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July 12, 2018 19:11
uri FINK PRESENTS the 13th collection of the popular ‘Zbeng!’ with Gingi on the cover

URI FINK PRESENTS the 13th collection of the popular ‘Zbeng!’ with Gingi on the cover. (photo credit: SHARONA GUY/ISRAELI EDUCATION CHANNEL)

 
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While Israel has not yet produced an iconic comic book character recognized around the world like the American Superman or the Belgian Tintin, almost all Israelis have read Zbeng! at some point. The comic depicts a group of Israeli teenagers and their lives, including parents, teachers and band practice. The band is called My Lame Sister and one of the running gags is that the lead singer never says anything other than: “Sex, min, and rock-and-roll!” the gag being that min is the Hebrew word for sex.
The Jerusalem Post was lucky enough to get Uri Fink off the drawing board long enough to talk about Jewish values, superheroes, and how he keeps producing fresh work despite keeping his characters in high school for 30 years.

How did you first get involved in comics?
Legend has it – it’s a famous story I always tell – that it’s because of my first-grade teacher.
I was a child who drew everything – all the time and on everything. My first-grade teacher didn’t scream at me, she instead gave me a blank notebook and I began drawing in it. So one day, I drew the beginning of a story and on the second day a second chapter of the same story, and so I did my first comic without knowing what comic books even were!

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