First he pretends to kill Captain America, and now Marvel Comics writer Ed Brubaker has found himself being attacked by Fox News. How many signs do we need to know that this man clearly hates the United States?
Earlier this week, Fox reported that Brubaker and Marvel Comics are under attack from rightwing activists for a scene in the most recent issue of Captain America where in protesters described as "angry white men" by black character the Falcon appeared bearing placards with slogans taken directly from tea party protesters. The National Tea Party Coalition's Michael Johns called the scene "juvenile," adding that he thought was an attempt to label his political affiliations as racist would reflect poorly on Marvel. Journalist Warner Todd Huston went further:
Sadly, this muscle bound hero that took on the whole Nazi army during WWII seems to be afraid of those American people who've joined the Tea Party movement. Not only is Cappy quaking in his little red booties, but he's sure that the Tea Party folks are dangerous racists, too.
Isn't it wonderful that a decades old American comic book hero is now being used to turn readers against our very political system, being used to slander folks that are standing up for real American principles in real life - and one called "Captain America" at that?
Brubaker denied to Fox that there was any such political agenda, only to find his Twitter feed combed for anti-Republican messages. Risking equal overreaction, Marvel editor-in-chief Joe Quesada stood up to the ridiculous claims at Comic Book Resources by blaming the letterer:
The book was getting ready to go to the printer, it was on fire already from a deadline standpoint, but the editor on the book noticed that there was a small art correct that needed to get done. On the first page featuring the protestors, the artist on the book drew slogans into the protest signs to give them a sense of reality and to set up the scene. On the following page featuring the protestors again, there were signs, but nothing written in them. From a continuity standpoint, this omission stood out like a sore thumb, but was easily fixable. So, just before the book went to the printer, the editor asked the letterer on the book to just fudge in some quick signs. The letterer in his rush to get the book out of the door but wanting to keep the signs believable, looked on the net and started pulling slogans from actual signs... Unfortunately, to make the deadline, the work wasn't double-checked thoroughly, and it was printed as is, which is where we as an editorial group screwed up. We spoke to the letterer, and he was mortified at his mistake and was truly sorry as he had no political agenda.
Herb London, president of the conservative think tank the Hudson Institute, however, isn't convinced:
I was perplexed by this... It seems to me there was a clear effort on someone's part to undermine the Tea Party movement.
Obviously, we're glad that Fox, and the tea party protesters, are finally onto Marvel Comics' clear plan to use Cap to undermine the US of A, but wish that they'd look deeper. This isn't the first time that they've tried to corrupt the mind of America's young, after all; remember that time that Richard Nixon was the head of a Secret Empire who, rather that face capture, committed suicide in the White House? Or what about when Ronald Reagan was turned into a snake man by an evil Nancy? Concerns about harming the reputation of the tea partyists are simply missing the bigger picture here. This is clearly bigger than any storm in a tea cup.