02 March 2010

Where Do Superheroes Come From?

In the reading, Up, Up, and Oy Vey! Written by Simcha Weinstein, the main claim is that superheroes are Jews. Weinstein claims that like Moses, Joshua, David, and Samson mentioned in the bible, Superman, Batman, and Spider-Man they all have courage and supernatural powers to protect the innocent people. Weinstein goes on to explain that Jewish men invented comic books. Some names that were brought up included, Jerry Siegel and Joe Shuster, Bob Kane, Bill Finger, Jerry Robinson, and Will Eisner. Jerry Siegel and Joe Shuster invented Superman which was the first superhero comic. Bob Kane and Bill Finger created Batman. Weinstein’s argument involves the fact that two of the original superheroes were created by Jewish men and therefore all superhero comics revolve around these original comics. Another argument is that a lot of superheroes personify some of the Jewish traditions such as Superman represents integrity, Fantastic Four represents family values, and Hulk expresses anger. These are some of the values that Weinstein believe the superheroes represent. Weinstein explains how superheroes become more popular after a big catastrophe occurs. After World War II superheroes became more popular and new superheroes are created. After 9/11 more superheroes were created around the city of New York. This seems to provide a security blanket for people to feel comforted and protected from any harm.

Anybody can connect superheroes to any religion is some way. We can take the superhero intentions and twist them to form the religious story we want them to express. Superheroes are only viewed as saving innocent people and making the world better. It doesn’t matter whether they originated from the Jewish or Buddhists. All that matters is that superheroes were created in order to provide people with hope that there are good people that want to save the world.

1 comment:

  1. I think you're falling into the closest cliché syndrome here. For starters, the main claim is not "that superheroes are Jews." Weinstein never says that. He also does not say (nor is it true) that Jews invented comics--didn't we read about that in McCloud's book?

    Also, why did you not summarize the Spiderman chapter?

    And is your second paragraph your opinion or your summary of Weinstein's conclusion--'cause that's what he says in his conclusion :-/