Cartoonist and manuscript illuminator Arthur Szyk (1894–1951) immigrated to the United States from his native Poland in 1940. Sometimes called a “soldier in art,” Szyk often used his artistic creations as a lance aimed at the oppressive regimes of the day, particularly Nazism. In the 1930s, he created a set of playing cards using historical biblical figures for the twelve Kings, Queens, and Jacks of different suits. Each idealized portrait of a biblical character has his or her Hebrew name incorporated into their clothing and a symbolic element alluding to his or her story. As King of Clubs, David clasps a lyre. As Queen of Diamonds, Deborah the prophetess and judge, holds balanced scales of justice. These playing cards are commercially available for the first time.