Smirch Weinstein writes this amazingly interesting, extremely creative book called, "UP, UP AND OY VEY!” which talks about how all the comic book super heroes are driven by Judaism. Weinstein starts off by writing his thesis which is to convince his readers that superheroes are indeed driven by Judaism. He writes about the current scenario of comic industry and gives few examples of inclusion of comic books in Universities and schools. He even writes about actor Nicholas Cage selling his comic book collection. Interestingly, Weinstein characterizes every super hero with a unique characteristic. Weinstein then shifts his gear towards Spiderman; he puts up a page with basic information on Spiderman, like his Alter Ego, Nemesis, his powers, date of birth, occupation, and more importantly his Jewish connection. Weinstein then starts writing tiny details about Spiderman. He even includes how Jack Kirby came up with the idea of making Spiderman a superhero? An orphan teenage boy living with his aunt and uncle, not popular at school and having hard times making ends meet. With a bite from a radioactive spider, peter Parker gains amazing spider-like power. On his process of proving his thesis, Weinstein adds several scenarios of relating Spiderman with Judaism, including his principles, ideology and moral values. He then switches his writing towards Spider-man's costume. He writes that no other super hero tries to hide himself like Spider-man does, and shows the relevance with the holy sages in Bible.
On the last section of the book, Weinstein elaborates how Jewish comic-writers have flourished in America as artists. According to Weinstein, these artists were putting down their experiences as an immigrant in America through their comics, pouring down their ideas in the form of comics, having to go through a very harsh past. Weinstein calls himself a die-hard comics fan. As a young kid he used to spend hours in his bath tub with his Star Wars figurines.
Weinstein was pretty convincing in his work. But, for the things that I love I try to keep them far away from sensitive topics such as politics, race, and religion. I'm pretty sure, only his Jewish readers agree with him on this topic. I don't agree with Weinstein at all, may be because my brain had already made the decision that he cannot be right. Also, I hope all the great comic creators, and writers didn't and don't necessarily create a character based on religion or any other basis. It's only when the character is highly popular and praised, critics and writers tend to play around with them. Writers like Weinstein, in my point of view create that border of religion between comic loves which is very wrong. Wrong in a sense that readers from different religion may not want to read comics for the sake of being true to their religion. So, thanks to Weinstein, we may just have Jewish readers left.