Wednesday, April 22, 2015

The politics of comic books: a twofer.

The politics of Iron Man: how Marvel sold an arms dealing billionaire to liberal America

He’s an arms dealer. He’s a narcissist. He’s a billionaire. He’s irresponsible. He’s vain. He’s arrogant. He has a robotic exoskeleton.
And who is this super villain?
Tony Stark, ladies and gentlemen, probably the only American superhero we want to have a beer with.

Ta-Nehisi Coates on the Importance of Comics -- Vulture
You are mostly a Marvel fan, but what DC stuff have you read? None. I don’t know why I don’t read DC. I don’t even have a good argument. Here’s what I’ll say: For reasons right or wrong, you’ll see the lead character for DC is Superman. So, truth, justice, and the American way. And, not even consciously, I just kind of said, Hmm, maybe not. Then you pick up X-Men, right, and you see all these weirdos and freaks, you know? And you think, Oh, man, that kind of rings true for me. When I was a kid, I didn’t even think of Peter Parker as white. It didn’t even occur to me.

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