Friday, March 9, 2007

RIP: Captain America

So they tell me Captain America is dead. Well, I'm not too worried. Death is surprisingly impermanent in those corporate-owned superhero comics. That's partly why I don't read them much. I mean, it's sort of cheating. Jesus can do it, sure, but when Lex Luthor does it five or six times it becomes blasé, to say the least.

Remember how they played up the death of Superman? I distinctly remember where I was when I got the news that Superman had died. I was in sixth grade, and I walked down the halls and saw that some class (fortunately not mine) had wasted valuable learning time coloring "We miss you, Superman" pictures and posting them on the walls.

I didn't read comics at that age because I was too busy reading Ray Bradbury short stories, but I do recall a year or two later some kid telling me that Superman was resurrected with a ponytail and a chainsaw. I have never verified this, but I did catch a few images of him with a ponytail in Kingdom Come. Now there's a good superhero comic. It's a lot better than that crummy Watchmen that inspired it (you can see a homage to Watchmen in Kingdom Come; if you look at the books in the window in the fourth panel on page 17, you'll see Under the Hood by Hollis Mason, a fictional title Alan Moore mentions and excerpts in Watchmen).

Anyway, so you get the facts straight and don't just hear a lot of rumors, I've got the AP article for you. Would you believe this was on the fourth page of our local paper? Here you go from the Times Tribune:

NEW YORK (AP) -- Captain America has undertaken his last mission - at least
for now.

The venerable superhero is killed in the issue of his namesake comic
that hit stands Wednesday, the New York Daily News reported. On the new
edition's pages, a sniper shoots down the shield-wielding hero as he leaves a
courthouse. [more...]
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