Remember when Comics were for kids,and not political?Â Well, all that ended when Captain America, a comic stip since 1941 and a popular super hereo, took a stance against the tea party movement. A winner for Marvel Comics is a super hero who brought in millions with his fictional portrayal of the ultimate American hero fighting for the American way, but now the appearance that he is taking on the Tea Party Movement in a storyline about investigating white supremacists has forced Marvel to apologize for the comic hero.
In Issue 602 of the comic features Captain America investigating a right-wing anti-government militia group called “the Watchdogs”.Â Hoping to infiltrate the group, Captain America and his African-American sidekick The Falcon observe an anti-tax protest from a rooftop.Â The protestors depicted are all white and carry signs adorned with slogans almost identical to those seen today in Tea Party rallies like “tea bag libs before they tea bag you” and “stop the socialists.”
Wow, now, the Falcon talks about the gathering appears to be “some kind of anti-tax protest” and notes that “this whole ‘hate the government’ vibe isn’t limited to the Watchdogs.” He then tells Captain America that he plans on sending the Falcon in to pose as an IRS agent under the thinking that a black government official will most certainly spark their anger.
Anyway, you have the picture.Â The attack on the Tea Party movement was clear and calculated.Â
When caught by Publius; Forumâ€™s Warner Todd Huston an uproar insued. When a minor uproar ensued, Marvel Comics editor-in-chief Joe Quesada spoke to Comic Book Resources and defended the issue while apologizing for the panel that seemed to tie real-life Tea Party protesters to the fictional group depicted in the book.Â
Marvel Comics has apologized but can you recall all the issues or does this help give more life to the split in this country of left vs. right?Â If I were a parent, I would be concerned and I am that my children are being indoctrinated by comic books, and thatâ€™s not comical.