Friday, April 29, 2011

What are they thinking?

A couple of years ago, when Marvel Comics’ fictional character, Captain America (Steve Rogers) was killed during a year-long storyline entitled Civil War, virtually every news media outlet on the planet carried the story (completely ignoring the fact that a) he was a fiction character, b) he was a corporate icon and without “Captain America” there could be no Cap tie-ins, and c) HE IS A FICTIONAL CHARACTER!)

Well, as those of us who are smarter than the rest of you knew better, sure enough, he got better, and Steve Rogers returned to the land of the living just a couple of years later. Even though he didn't immediately take back the uniform of Cap (now inhabited by Bucky Barnes, his WW sidekick (who had also returned from the dead), he became Super Soldier, and took over the helm of the international spy organization, SHIELD from Nick Fury (who was also dead and now alive again (starting to sense a theme here?).

Yet, even that moratorium on him inhabiting the role of Cap America was was short-lived as word has just come down that Steve will once again pick up his shield and become Captain America (in fact, just prior to the release of the Captain America movie — anyone want to take bets on when the “now dead” Johnny Storm (the Fantastic Four’s Human Torch) will return from the dead? When did you say that the FF film reboot is going to happen?).

Yes, yes, I realize that all of this is old news, but it is relevant only in the following light. In the recently-released Action Comics #900, Superman renounced his American Citizenship. Yep, you read that right, declaring himself to be a citizen of the universe (sort of like he did in Superman IV: The Quest for Peace back in 1987!), he rejected his American citizenship. Guess what the right-wing, conservative Republican-leaning Fox and other media did with this...Yes again, they went right ‘round the twist.

Once again because I'm smarter than you I know better, I feel it necessary to point out a few things. 1) Henry Cavill, the actor picked to portray Superman in the next film is, well, British, 2) Joe Shuster (co-creator of Superman) was Canadian , 3) Kal-El (Superman) isn't from Earth, he's an alien, born on the planet Krypton, and 4) HE’S A FICTIONAL CHARACTER!!! You effin morons!

Oh yeah, back to Cap for a minute. The week he died, and everyone was yapping about his death, and what it all meant, eight (real life) U.S. servicemen died In Iraq & Afghanistan, and yet, no one mentioned them.

OK, having said all of that, I’m going back to drinking heavy and reading my comics.


ShadZ said...

5) For 20 years or so, Superman was an American citizen but he was also a citizen of every other country in the UN. Yeah, he had the ultimate multiple citizenship! (This started sometime during the Wizenger (sp) editorship and lasted until the Byrne reboot.)

How come no one complained about that?

Robert J. Sodaro said...

Because 1) Comics had a much lower profile back then, and 2) newsmen reported on actual news.

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