June 09, 2014

Comicbook pros lambaste liberalism in the field

Nice to hear -- finally -- from some pros, after guys like Doug Ernst, Avi Green, Carl and myself have been doing it for years. Chuck Dixon and Paul Rivoche take to the pages of the Wall Street Journal to pen "How Liberalism Became Kryptonite for Superman." (If you Google the title you'll get around the pay wall.) In it, they note:

The 1990s brought a change. The industry weakened and eventually threw out the CCA, and editors began to resist hiring conservative artists. One of us, Chuck, expressed the opinion that a frank story line about AIDS was not right for comics marketed to children. His editors rejected the idea and asked him to apologize to colleagues for even expressing it. Soon enough, Chuck got less work.

The superheroes also changed. Batman became dark and ambiguous, a kind of brooding monster. Superman became less patriotic, culminating in his decision to renounce his citizenship so he wouldn’t be seen as an extension of U.S. foreign policy. A new code, less explicit but far stronger, replaced the old: a code of political correctness and moral ambiguity. If you disagreed with mostly left-leaning editors, you stayed silent.

This is just the tip of the iceberg, really. Much more in-depth examples are found in Colossus's comics archives, and at the aforementioned Doug Ernst and Avi Green blogs. Doug has his take on Dixon's and Rivoche's article here.

And just to throw a few examples in here, today here's our 'ol microcephalic pal Ron Marz not wasting a single minute to jump on the MSM bandwagon -- because finally it seems a shooting has fit their perpetually sought after NarrativeTM:


There's never a word from this dolt when it's a non-NarrativeTM shooting, most especially when the politics are aligned with his own.

But he cares, don'tcha know ...

And example #2: Mark "Go F*** Yourself" Waid:


*Sigh* Says a guy who lionizes a president for whom telling the truth is the most difficult activity imaginable.

Posted by Hube at June 9, 2014 05:25 PM | TrackBack

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Like I said over at Doug's place, after Dixon left DC they sure made an effort to kill off and/or obscure his characters and contributions to their comic book universe. Aside from maybe Bane. In addition to receiving less work after he expressed his opinion on the AIDS storyline he was also forced to write a Batman story called "Seduction of the Gun" which was an anti-gun story, even though Dixon was and is an NRA member.

Posted by: Carl at June 9, 2014 10:19 PM

Actually, John Ostrander wrote that story. But I think Chuck Dixon was told by editorial to write that story, if this interview is any indication:

http://multiversitycomics.com/interviews/g-i-joeversity-chuck-dixon-looks-back-looks-forward-to-g-i-joe-special-missions-interview/

Posted by: Carl at June 9, 2014 10:26 PM