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Umberto Eco: The Myth of Superman (1962)
Reprinted in Arguing Comics (2004)

Came across this article about Superman from Umberto Eco, and thought I would tweet out some excerpts and ideas. Image
Eco first talks about heroes - equipped with superior powers, and those powers are often extremes of real abilities. That, in our modern world, man is sublimated to organizations and machines, thus our heroes embody powers to unthinkable degree we ourselves can not satisfy. ImageImage
Superman has seemingly unlimited powers - of sight, hearing, strength, speed, etc. He is kind, handsome, and always helpful. Yet, he lives among us disguised a fearful, submissive Clark Kent - despised by Lois (who in turn, loves Superman) Image
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