I thought — hoped? — I was finished posting about the Captain America #25 fallout, but two items today are worth noting.
The first is a solid retrospective in The Wall Street Journal, written by The Weekly Standard’s Jonathan V. Last. I particularly liked this paragraph:
“There is an old joke about death in the comic-book world: No one stays dead except Bucky, Jason Todd and Uncle Ben. Over the years Superman, Phoenix, Green Arrow and a legion of other heroes have perished, only to be resurrected by their publishers in reasonably short order. Even this Bucky Clause of hero death has begun unraveling as both Bucky and Jason Todd (who replaced Dick Grayson as Robin) were recently brought back to life. This was, in fact, the second time Captain America journeyed to the undiscovered country.”
Ah, yes. The Bucky Clause.
The other link comes from The National Review’s blog, which reminds us of an alarmist white paper penned in April 2003 by film critic Michael Medved and attorney Michael Lackner for the Foundation for Defense of Democracies.
The title of said white paper? “The Betrayal of Captain America.”
It’s a Wertham-esque page-turner that accuses Marvel Comics and other publishers of “disseminating comic books that actively promote a destructive cynicism and mistrust of the United States Government.”
As the title suggests, much of the paper centers on Captain America who, Medved and Lackner assert, “provides a startling example of a popular symbol of nationalism transformed into a handy bludgeon of America-bashing.”
I wonder what they think of him, and Marvel, after the events of Captain America #25.
“The Betrayal of Captain America” seems vaguely familiar; maybe I read it four years ago. But it’s worth reading again. You can check it out in PDF form here.