The comic book industry sure has changed since I was a kid.

Today’s comics, which price from anywhere between $4.00 and $15.00 and which can only be purchased in book stores and from collectors, are more often than not referred to as “graphic novels,” a term wasn’t even on the horizon the 30-plus years ago when I regularly bought comics for 50 or 60 cents a copy at local convenience shops.

Yet there is a more dramatic—and distressing—change that the industry has undergone: DC and Marvel have become politicized.

More specifically, left-wing, Politically Correct writers have infused comic books with their ideology:

Ta-Nehisi Coates announced in February that he would be taking over duties on Marvel Comics’ Captain America title as part of Marvel’s Fresh Start Initiative that promised “new fresh ideas, new creators.”

At the time of the announcement I believed it was a terrible decision to put Coates on Captain America. Not only does Coates have a track record on Black Panther of declining sales, but he is a very volatile and divisive political commentator. Rich Lowry in Politico described Coates’ worldview as reducing “people to categories and actors in pantomine of racial plunder…He must erase distinctions and reject complexity.” Not only would Coates be decried in Politico, but he made his own views perfectly clear when he wrote, “White America is a syndicate arrayed to protect its exclusive power to dominate and control our bodies.” He would also demonize 9/11 first responders including firefighters and policemen. He describes them, “They were not human to me. Black, white, or whatever, they were menaces of nature; they were the fire, the comet, the storm, which could – with no justification – shatter my body.”

…But just a few weeks later at SXSW, Coates would compare Captain America to Barack Obama, “He’s like Barack Obama. I want to clarify that. I don’t mean that as praise or criticism. He’s somebody who believes in the ideal of America, really, really believes in it.”

That sounds like a hyper-politicized Captain America tale with Coates’ own political beliefs being hammered onto Captain America. And now new leaked photos from Coates’ upcoming Captain America Free Comic Book Day story have leaked. These new photos show Coates introducing an Antifa-like organization to the Marvel Universe that stands opposed to a pro-Hydra alt-right type group.

This is bad.  Self-avowed “conservatives” can vote in as many politicians as they please.  But if the relentless leftward drift of the country is ever to be arrested, it is the culture, particularly the popular culture, on which they must set their sights.

 

 

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