The Myth of Superman by Umberto Eco was very informative, and a very complex read. Eco's thesis in this book is to show his readers that even Superman or Super humans have sides to them that is hard to see for a normal eye and the importance of morality, and ethics for a Superhero. Eco writes, "the hero's virtue is humanized, and his powers, rather than being supernatural, are the extreme realization of natural endowments, such as astuteness, swiftness, fighting ability or even logical faculties" (107). He goes on writing about humans in the present world, who have been defeated by machines. Eco compares these cubicle slaves to Clark Kent who is fearful, timid, and hopes one day gets a chance with their female co-workers or loved ones. Similarly, these readers like Superman, hopes to come out of their cubicle and be a Superman themselves.
On comparing Simcha Weinstein and Umberto Eco, the first difference I can find is their background. Weinstein was more focused on convincing his readers that these Superheroes have a Jewish background. As for Eco, he backed up his thesis with some
The Myth of Superman was published in 1979, which was about thirty years after the birth of Superman.And, Weinstein published Up,Up, and Oh Vey! in 2006, about almost eighty years after the birth of Superman. Umberto Eco would argue Weintein's point of view on comic heroes. Eco coming from a medivial background focusing more on Greek mythology, as we can clearly see, would not believe in any of Weinstein's ideology. Eco emphasized more on several moral values, and ethical values irrespective of their religion.