24 February 2010

Simcha Weinstein...Don't Ruin Comics for Us!!!

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.

8 comments:

  1. great summery lots better than mine. i agree with your view that his only real follower will be fellow jews. its just not logical for the super heros to be based on jewdism. but this guy beleves it so much he can make it sound like it is

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  2. I see what your points, guys, but I don't see how you can think that his ideas aren't logical! If anything, his logos is the best appeal in his argument. If all of these superhero creators were Jewish, doesn't it make sense that their beliefs and traditions would influence the characters on, at least, a basic level? I can appreciate thinking that some of his connections are a little loose, but I don't understand how you can disagree with his logic :-/

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  3. Your post was almost to the point of "well put together" but next time maybe you could extend the summary or even the part about your ideas and next time re-read your paper some of it didn't quite make sense. Also remember Simon Weinstein didn't write this for the intention of only Jewish people to read but for the people who love comics and want to learn more about them.

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  4. Another very good point, Candace.

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  5. Good post I agree with you on almost the same level. I like how you said that comics and enjoyable topics should be kept out of sensative subjects such as religion. I believe Weinstein's arguments were pretty logical but I can't see myself believing that comics are based and inspired by mostly Jewish beliefs.

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  6. Your summary is very similar to mines and i agree with you on all points. Great blog and i also think the title is very deserving.

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  7. WHY?! Are any of you even reading the comments that come before? I'm looking for more than just, "I agree."

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