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Saturday, November 04, 2006 

John Cassaday, moral equationist

The comics industry has yet one more member to match any of the lowliest people in Hollywood you can find, this being one John Cassaday, artist for titles like Planetary (written by Warren Ellis, if I'm correct), who gave a ghastly interview to Shotgun Reviews, in which he resorted to moral equivalence, and even sleaze talk:
[interviewer:] You worked on the Marvel Knights relaunch of Captain America. Did you have any idea how controversial some aspects of the series would be at the time, and how do you feel about that in retrospect?

[John Cassaday:] I was traveling in Europe when it was released, our military was already sweating through Afghanistan, and the book got the full range of responses in Europe and back home. Many Europeans felt it was easily labeled right-wing propaganda, then I'd get the responses from people in the states that seemed to come out of nowhere on the other side of the argument. In fact, film reviewer, Michael Medved, wrote a review on it. He claimed our Captain America was a "traitor" and sympathetic to the terrorists! There was no winning! But I loved that about it. We produced a book that affected people and had them talking. Maybe the times were still too volatile, but I couldn't be happier with the results. It's one of the books I'm proudest of. I get tons of fans telling me that they started reading Cap again because of our run and that it's their favorite. Cap was and is my favorite superhero because there is something very relevant and timely about him. And that was the point.
AAAAAAAARRRRRGH!!! And he's saying all this without even taking into account that the Marvel Knight book's sales did go down and the book became even more unreadable as it limped along. The man certainly knows how to bring himself down to the level of some of the weakest of Hollywood's elite, and with that kind of contempt, he does not deserve a career.

Medved once wrote a column in late 2002 about how Hollywood stars were risking popularity for politics. Cassaday may have added himself to the list.

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