05 March 2012

The Myth of Superman

In "The Myth of Superman" Umberto Eco does a good job in analyzing the story of superman. Eco explains how superman is a never ending story that could be compared to previous stories such as those from Greek mythology; Hercules. The story of Superman has been kept alive since 1938 and will continue to be kept alive for as long as people could relate to him as a hero. By keeping Superman alive, many people could see him as a hero figure making him popular amongst society, which enables him to be kept alive. Although Superman may have super powers he lives in Earth where he holds a normal life, this is what makes Superman relatable to some individuals. By having two roles in society (a hero and civilian) there is more to superman than just being a superhero, all which contribute in the never ending story of superman. The myth of superman will continue to achieve popularity and will continue to succeed. Superman will continue to be looked at as a hero amongst many individuals; the popularity superman has obtained in the past 74 years will continue to escalate as the years pass extending the life of Superman.

The Myth of Superman was an interesting article to read. This article pointed out many things that I had never thought about before but which I do agree with. The success of superman has come with fact that it is in fact a never ending story that provides individuals with a sense of comfort by knowing that there is a “hero” out there.  As long as people could relate to superman as a hero figure he will be kept alive. I as a kid thought of superman as bieng the greatest hero, im sure that today there are many other kids that think the same. As long as superman remains popular and keeps his role as a hero figure he will be kept alive for future generation.


  1. Good post! You are right, Superman will probably continue to be popular because of how relatable he is, but I think there are more reasons Superman is relatable to people than just the fact that he holds a normal life.

  2. You're only barely summarizing Eco here. And how does this text relate to another we've read?