Marvel Executive Editor Tom Brevoort wrestles with the complexities of the passage of time in comics, and then proceeds to blow our fragile little minds with Captain America’s sliding timeline:
… Worse still is what the passing of time does to characters who are rooted into a specific event in history. Captain America, at least, has a built-in get-out-of-jail-free card, in that he was in suspended animation since World War II. But because of the sliding timescale (Cap himself is only in his thirties, and has only been Captain America for twelve years or so) this means that Cap was unfrozen when Bill Clinton was President — which can really mess with your mind if you think about it too much.
Steve Rogers was thawed during the Clinton administration? Maybe that’s why The American Prospect‘s Adam Serwer, tongue planted in cheek, contends Cap is “in fact an America-hating liberal.”
Okay, that’s not why. But it’s a good segue into his response to writer Ed Brubaker’s recent interview with Wired.com.