Foreskin Man—real name Miles Hastwick—has all the trappings of the typical comic hero. His chiseled jaw is just too damn perfect, he attracts too many women, and he constantly wears his costume underneath his suit.
Here’s where it gets interesting: Foreskin Man’s duty is to protect the foreskins of baby boys from his arch-nemeses, Dr. Mutilator and Monster Mohel. When Hastwick is not Foreskin Man, he heads the “Museum of Genital Integrity” on a small island right near San Diego, promoting circumcision prevention.
Created by Matthew Hess, president of MGMbill.org, Foreskin Man is a product of Hess’ mission to prevent infant male circumcision. Like his character, Hess currently works in San Diego, but instead of donning a cape and plasma boots, he is pushing the Male Genital Mutilation (MGM) Bill to ensure government protection against forced male circumcision. Hess has even been restoring his own foreskin.
Through Foreskin Man, Hess hopes to promote the cause through a more popular and tangible medium. In an interview with PRWeb, Hess explained,
The Foreskin Man comic book uses popular art to shine a spotlight on the practice … Over the years there have been a lot of rationalizations and justifications to keep [circumcision] going, but the bottom line is that forced circumcision violates human rights. I hope this story will help convince some people of that in a way that words alone cannot.
I’m very happy with how [the comic] came out, and I hope readers enjoy it.
Editor’s note: Obviously, Foreskin Man is intended to be more anti–child abuse than anti-Semitic, but I’m curious to hear the responses from the Anti-Defamation League and other Jewish groups, who, as shown by the above panel, will not take kindly to this kind of caricature. (Here’s another—note the claws.) To the artists’ credit, this is no Der Stürmer—the villains here don’t look particularly Semitic underneath the beards and payos—but it still makes me queasy.
Can there be Jewish villains without vilifying Jews? I’d like to think yes, but I don’t think Dr. Mutilator and Monster Mohel pull it off. —CF
—Photos via Foreskinman.com