Even Comic Book Heroes Turning Against American Values

I have been a fan of comic books since I was a kid.  I used to like reading the Archie comics, Richie Rich, Disney and the occasional horror genre comic.  But my absolute favorites and the ones that I still purchase today are the super hero comics.  Based on how well the movies inspired by these comics do in ticket sales, I would venture to guess that most Americans like super heros.  But lately it would seem that the comics and their heroes do not value America and her values as much as the majority of her citizens.

My eyes were first opened to this when the very American hero of Superman changed his slogan that debuted in the 50s from “Truth, justice and the American way” to simply just “Truth and justice.”  It was an indication that the marketers of Superman no longer felt that there was value in using “the American way.”  Could it be that their was shame about what that term defined?  Had Superman jumped on the Hollywood bandwagon of blame America first and focus on her faults?  Apparently so.  There was a bit of an outcry when this originally happened in 2006, but nobody is paying it much attention now.

Superman is from the DC Universe.  Could those same opinions cross over to the Marvel Universe?  Yes indeed and they have.  And what really makes this despicable is that the controversy that has erupted this week has spawned from a Captain America comic book.  This is a hero that embodies America.  Much like DC’s Wonder Woman who fought off the Nazis during World War II, Captain America was always fighting for America whether it was Nazis or The Cold War.  Now apparently, Captain America thinks concerned citizens in America are the enemy.  Marvel and Captain America have bought into the media lies that tea party attendees are a bunch of red-necked racists.

The comic depicts a scene in Issue 602 that features Captain America investigating a right-wing anti-government militia group called “the Watchdogs”.  Captain America is shown in the scene with a partner named Falcon and he explains to him that he wants to infiltrate the group.  Falcon is a black character.  The image I included with this post is an image from the scene the two characters are observing and it looks like a tea party gathering to me.  The Falcon observes that the sentiments they are watching from the “Watchdog” group are not limited to them and he wonders how he will fit in with these angry white people.  Captain America plans to have Falcon pose as an IRS agent to fuel the anger.  Because everyone knows a black IRS agent is like Satan to us tea bagging hicks. 

People like myself have been outraged by this and called for an apology from Marvel and they have issued one.  At least they pretended to apolgize.  As Yahoo news reports:

The clear implicit attack on the Tea Party Movement was first noticed by Publius’ Forum’s Warner Todd Huston.  When a minor uproar ensued, Marvel Comics editor-in-chief Joe Quesada spoke to Comic Book Resources and defended the issue while apologizing for the panel that seemed to tie real-life Tea Party protesters to the fictional group depicted in the book.

Saying that he could “absolutely see how some people are upset about this,” Quesada said that there was “zero discussion to include a group that looked like a Tea Party demonstration,” adding, “There was no thought that it represented a particular group.”

Quesada then went on to say that Marvel would “apologize for and own up to” a series of “stupid mistakes” that led to them “accidentally identifying” one of the members of the protest group “as being a part of the Tea Party instead of a generic protest group.” He explained that they were on deadline to get the issue to the printer for publication, and in the course of sending it off it was noticed that the signs in the scene contained no words or phrases. He said the editor then asked the letterer to “fudge in some quick signs” and that in the “rush to get the book out of the door,” the letterer “looked on the net and started pulling slogans” from signs captured in photographs at Tea Party protests in order to make them appear “believable.”

Doesn’t sound like much of an apology to me.


6 responses to “Even Comic Book Heroes Turning Against American Values

  1. NO apology is need this “comic book” seems to speak the truth which is scarce for a ” comic book” and that seems to be while people are all up in arms. This particular issue is real life comedy based on real life. Just as the tea baggers are. **A comedy group the “teabaggers” in a comic book how funny is this.

    • Wow, aren’t you funny. Perhaps you should pick up an English textbook to help you with your command of the English language. It really is difficult to feel insulted when somebody is obviously an imbecile.

  2. Hi Diane:

    I wanted to put this up as well…


    Apparently, the writer said he was shocked to see it. I thought I heard other things and I am in the process of confirming it. But for now, he was shocked to see it.


  3. Wow, if that was an apology, they must have been spying on me when I used to apologize to my ex-gf! (see, EX-gf!!) It is so popular these days to take a shot at the Tea Party Movement, everyone from the left or that has any kind of leaning against open, honest, and small government must get their two cents in any way they can, even if that means through comics.

    I remember watching cartoons and reading comics when I was younger, and they were nothing like this! Can you imagine, being about 12 or 13 and watching “Captain Planet” and he had Al Gore as a side kick? Now these days the “super-heros” are running around making off the wall comments about the Tea Party, everything either has a left leaning spin on it or an environmental one (I guess that could be the same as left leaning, but wanted to make sure I covered all bases) so they can try and get just that ONE more person to follow their movement or their political ideology.

    We are not even safe in the comics anymore…quite sad.

  4. After thinking about this for a few days and letting it sink in, it suddenly occurred to me where I’ve heard of this thing happening before.

    Back in the 1940’s, a man named Stetson Kennedy infiltrated the Ku Klux Klan and then began leaking information about their activities to Superman, that is the producers of the nightly “Adventures of Superman” radio show. The producers of the show were enthusiastic about providing a new villain for Superman to fight after he had spent years helping to vanquish the likes of Hitler, Mussolini, and Hirohito. They produced about four or five weeks of nightly episodes in which Superman wipes out the Ku Klux Klan.

    The story behind Mr. Kennedy’s motives for infiltrating the Klan and providing intelligence to Superman is an interesting story. The thing that’s disturbing about Captain America’s and Falcon’s adventure is the fact that it seems to be portrayed in a parallel fashion to Superman’s fight with the KKK , depicting Tea Party supporters in the same light as the KKK. That’s very troubling.

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