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Friday, October 23, 2009 

But is Captain America a stooge for leftists?

The Ventura County Star publishes an article about a new book published by an academian named Robert Weiner called "Captain America and the Struggle of the Superhero: Critical Essays", which examines the history of the Star-Spangled Avenger. But alas, the author makes me frown with the following quote:
"There is something honest about Captain America," Weiner said in an interview. "He is not a Boy Scout like Superman. He does what is right regardless of consequences. Cap is not a government stooge, (with) 'Civil War' ... a perfect example. But he stands for everything that is good about America; the American ideal that we should all strive to incorporate in our lives."
This argument that Cap is not a government stooge has been really bothering me by now, particularly if the publisher has signaled he condones Marvel's wretched political crossover from 2007, telling that all may not be well with this new book. Captain America may not be a government stooge, but is he being exploited as a left-liberal stooge? That's a question we may never hear being asked in news reports like this one.

Also, is Captain America (or more precisely, the writers assigned to him) helping his country by opposing government policies that are meant to protect it, which Civil War was hell-bent on tearing down, no matter the story's outcome? We'll likely never hear questions like that asked either.
How did he select the essays? Weiner said, "I sent out a call for papers on Cap. If I liked the ideas, I told the author to go for it. ... The one thing I did not want is for the book to impart a blatant political stance one way or another, so there were pieces that I rejected. ... Obviously, there is some political stuff in the book. I did not agree with everything in the book, but ... that is OK."
Or is it? After what the publisher suggested with the earlier quote, I'm worried it might not be OK. Just what were these pieces rejected? If they were parts with positive value, then I'm not happy they were removed. And the publisher said at least one thing that alerted me that all may not be great about this new history book. It will be interesting though to see what it's got to say about how, at the time Bill Jemas was in charge, Capt. America was exploited for anti-American propaganda, though as I realize, it might not actually say that's what happened.

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