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Wednesday, October 01, 2008 

Capt. America may not be partisan, but the writer can

One of the writers on the American Prospect, terrible leftist rag that they are, recently linked to an interview with Ed Brubaker on Wired (where most depressingly, Brubaker signaled that he supports Barack Obama) and said that in his view, Captain America's death is a metaphor for what's wrong with the Bush administration:
If you see Captain America's death as a metaphor for the death of civil liberties in the wake of the Bush administration's support of torture and warrantless wiretapping, then his demise is infused with partisan meaning. At least from the point of view of people who support those kinds of things. It's hard to see Captain America wanting anything to do with the wholesale violations of individual rights we've seen recently, which is why someone like me enjoys reading his comics.
I know that some leftists can "hijack" some things that they think are reflective of their standings (a few years ago, this is what happened with a movie called The Day After), but could this make sense, that Steve Rogers was turned into a sacrifice for subtle attacks on the Bush administration?

Found via the Newsarama blog, where they link to an entry by Tom Brevoort on his blog, where he says:
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.
What's he saying, that Cap was motivated in real time by the downside of the Clinton administration, which Brevoort probably doesn't consider to be bad?

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