Comments: Cracked.com's "5 Disastrous Attempts at Political Commentary in Comicbooks"

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That's a big reason why I haven't gone to Cracked in a while: its contributors have become clueless about what they've written. I saw this article this morning while perusing another blog I read and quit reading after Magnussen referred to Holy Terror as "Islamophobic," all because a Batman-like character went after Al Qaeda. I shook my head at that. Going after Al Qaeda does not mean you are going after all Muslims, contrary to what the PC lunkheads think. I'm sure that if Cap #1 were to be published today, it would probably be lambasted as "xenophobic" or some such nonsense, especially if it featured Cap punching out Osama bin Laden or any other terrorist leader.

And Truth was a complete atrocity and an embarrassment to Captain America. The poor historical research and artwork behind it didn't help, either. I remember how in 2003 Marvel's Axel Alonso blasted its critics as "racist."

I remember reading that 9-11 issue from Marvel, too... that was beyond pathetic.

Posted by Carl at March 24, 2014 11:53 PM

Wikipedia's entry about Truth has Alonso saying there were "outright racists who just don't like the idea of a black man in the Cap uniform." While I'm sure that's true, how many, really? Were these folks miffed about the story, or just the idea of a black man in a Cap uniform? It's easy to see how Alonso would conflate virtually any criticism as "racist" given what we've seen too many other creators do.

Posted by Hube at March 25, 2014 07:20 AM

That's what I hate most with a lot of debate nowadays. That you can't critique or dislike something without being called a hater of... whatever. You can never argue on substances. (it's like that quote from John C Wright I think I emailed you)

Hmm... maybe Hube & I should submit an article to Cracked, "X MORE disastrous political...etc". I mean I'm offended that both them AND Hube forgot the JLA Iraq issue. ;)

Posted by Nate Winchester at March 25, 2014 11:01 AM

Hehe ... I didn't forget that issue, Nate! I was pondering adding it here ... but frankly I got too tired last night and just wanted to put the damn post up! ;-) I've discussed it elsewhere at Colossus, FWIW.

Posted by Hube at March 25, 2014 11:42 AM

Did I show you my discussion of the issue, Hube?

Posted by Nate Winchester at March 25, 2014 04:38 PM

About the JLA/Iraq stuff? No sir!

Posted by Hube at March 25, 2014 04:41 PM

I remember that issue of JLA. That was pathetic. Luthor wanting to go to war against Qurac and the JLA suddenly espousing Truther talking points to try and persuade him not to.

And Hube, while there were probably were some who were miffed at the thought of a black Cap, I'd say they were in an extreme minority. I think most folks were angry about the story. You're right, though; Alonso conflates any criticism as "racist" and it certainly is par for the course for modern comic writers.

Posted by Carl at March 26, 2014 12:56 PM

I'm certain the number of "fans" angry at Truth just because the guy(s) were black was miniscule, but as we all know, "progressives" need to play that up at all costs to show how "superior" they are, and how everyone else is some knuckle-dragging lunkhead.

Posted by Hube at March 26, 2014 01:27 PM

Exactly, Hube. I just hope elements of Truth don't wind up in any future Cap movie... ugh.

Posted by Carl at March 26, 2014 02:03 PM

Hube, here's a link to where I ranted about it.
http://natewinchester.wordpress.com/2010/02/01/writing-talk-verisimilitude/

Posted by Nate Winchester at March 26, 2014 03:20 PM

Nate: THAT is epic! Deserves to be in Cracked over that idiot Magnusson's article, for sure.

Posted by Hube at March 26, 2014 07:40 PM

Excellent post, Nate! I agree with all of it. I bookmarked it.

Posted by Carl at March 26, 2014 11:35 PM

lol You guys are too kind.

But then that's just what happens when I get angry enough... XD

Posted by Nate Winchester at March 27, 2014 05:15 PM