24 June 2010


Umberto Eco’s, Myth of Superman, provides a descriptive background of the history of superheroes in comic book, concentrating mainly on Superman. He explains the characteristics of Superman’s ranging from: his incredible strength, his ability to fly faster than the speed of light, his heat vision abilities and his x-ray vision. Eco also describes how the creators/writers of Superman generate a sense of a timeless atmosphere which never provides the reader with an actual time or date of Superman’s adventures, which allows Superman to obtain a mythic image since he never ages and allows the reader to keep an intriguing interest in the story of Superman. Eco also explains how Superman has a hero side and a fake human side which he doesn’t actually favor. He explains further that the readers might perceive Superman as a hero in religious or mythological sense that allows the reader to link their past with his and hope for similar outcomes.
I know that I didn’t touch all areas of Eco’s writing but he provided some much information that for a non-comic book reader, such as myself, was overwhelmed and couldn’t really get a good grasp on what he trying portray. But I do have one question?
Is there really a correct definition for a super hero?

1 comment:

  1. That's a great question, tamra! You would think, in an academic piece such as this, that Eco would define his chief term. And he kind of does...it's just...hidden :-)

    But don't worry. Even most comic book readers would have a hard time with Eco's concepts ;-)