May 16, 2013

Captain America and the Secret Empire: part 2

Considered one the classic Silver Age/Bronze Age stories in Marvel history, "The Secret Empire" from the early 1970s in the pages of Captain America had the star-spangled hero on the trail of a "high government official," and led to Cap resigning his role for a time. Writer Steve Englehart used Watergate as the basis for his tale (in 1973, mind you, at least six months before Richard Nixon resigned), and the connections were less than subtle in most cases. For example, there was the Committee to Regain America's Principles (C.R.A.P.) (instead of C.R.E.E.P. -- the Committee to Re-Elect the President), and the devious Quentin Harderman (instead of H.R. Haldeman).

As I noted here, Englehart said about his story "I could not see any way that a character named Captain America could not react to something like Watergate." About which I tweeted this morning: "I wonder if any comics writers out there would be brave enough to have Capt. America fight the Secret Empire again ... but this time with Barack Obama as Number One?" Y'know, because of a little thing like the IRS under his watch is going after political enemies? Because Obama's Justice Dept. is snooping at reporters' phone records ... and even the Capitol? Because the administration concocted a totally phony story to blame for an attack on one of our embassies?

Think there'll be any takers? Who wants to be the one creator to really go out on a limb? Y'know, instead of taking the easy, PC and let's-pat-ourselves-on-the-back route like this. Or this. Or this. Or this. Etc.

I won't hold my breath.

Posted by Hube at May 16, 2013 02:33 PM | TrackBack

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I doubt it. Mainstream comics have gone out of their way to deify Obama and make legitimate movements like the Tea Party into villains lead by the 1950s Captain America. And don't forget Simone glorifying the Occupy movement in her POS comic.

Posted by: Carl at May 16, 2013 04:14 PM

From what I've heard, people prefer to take potshots at presidents after they leave office, so wait a couple years.

Posted by: D09 at October 23, 2015 06:20 PM