Great news: Captain America ready to take on evil scourge of, er, tea partiers

posted at 7:54 pm on February 9, 2010 by Allahpundit

Also in this issue: Captain America’s secret identity revealed to be Chris Matthews.

In issue number 602 of Captain America, a new story line has begun called “Two Americas.” In it the current Captain (there have been a few of them, apparently) is on the trail of a faux Captain America that is mentally deranged and getting chummy with some white supremacist, anti-government, survivalists types going by the name of “the Watchdogs.” While investigating this subversive group, Captain America and his partner The Falcon — a black super hero — have decided to try and infiltrate the secretive organization.

In preparation for the infiltration, Marvel Comics depicts the two super heroes out of costume and observing from a rooftop a street filled with what can only be described as a Tea Party protest. The scene shows crowds of people in city streets carrying signs that say, “stop the socialists,” “tea bag libs before they tea bag you,” and “no to new taxes.” Naturally, the people in these crowds are depicted as being filled with nothing but white folks…

The two then discuss their plan to infiltrate the subversive group that Marvel comics seems to be linking to the Tea Party movement. This discussion culminates in The Falcon wondering how a black man would do such a thing. “I don’t exactly see a black man from Harlem fitting in with a bunch of angry white folks,” he tells the incognito Captain America.

The Captain tells him, “no it’s perfect… this all fits right into my plan.” After this we find that the Captain’s plan is to send the black man into a redneck bar to pretend to be a black man working for the IRS and to get everyone all mad… because… well, you know that every white person is a racist that hates black civil servants, right?

I’m surprised the archvillian isn’t a female superhero from Alaska with glasses and “big breasts,” the way the right-wing rabble likes ’em. Something to shoot for in the next issue, I guess. If you’re surprised by any of this, you haven’t been paying attention: We’ve written sporadically about Marvel’s turn to the left for years now, most recently with Spider-Man’s Sullivan-esque worship of The One but more pertinently with Captain America’s assassination in 2007 — yes, really — after he became the leader of an anti-government civil libertarian movement. My, how Marvel’s take on protesting federal policy has shifted over three years. Exit question: Do any of you guys still read this crap, or have the politics chased you away?

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Well technically I spelled it right, I just missed the stupid hyphen.

Rightwingguy on February 10, 2010 at 6:39 PM

It’s not stupid! It’s the difference between Amazing Spider-Man (part guy, part spider) and Joe Spiderman, CPA from Westchester.

Kensington on February 10, 2010 at 7:15 PM

Stan Lee has ALWAYS been a Leftwinger. He’s a member of the far-far-away Leftwing Land and always has been.

Thus, the entire fascination by some for Spiderman hbas always struck me as odd, politically, because it’s the same foolish-succumbing-thing that Obama ‘mastered’ in play-acting the Presidency (getting so many to fawn over him as celebrity larger than life, worthy of such).

Lee’s always been a Leftwinger. His material is Leftwing and his frequent success if mostly due to the talent he has in creating fascinating anti-heroes.

But note that they’re always being picked on by “boss men” or “big business” or otherwise fighting some military force that is nefarious. Which Lee tends to remain nameless but it’s obvious who he’s suggesting are up to no good adn picking on his antiheroes.

Lourdes on February 10, 2010 at 8:44 PM

I heard about this during Beck’s radio show today. Captain Un-American.

Philly on February 9, 2010 at 8:02 PM

I find it difficult to not laugh that it’s taken Beck this long to make this realization, though…

Lourdes on February 10, 2010 at 8:46 PM

But note that they’re always being picked on by “boss men” or “big business” or otherwise fighting some military force that is nefarious. Which Lee tends to remain nameless but it’s obvious who he’s suggesting are up to no good and picking on his antiheroes.

Lourdes on February 10, 2010 at 8:44 PM

For heaven’s sake, I don’t see why Lee is taking the brunt for all this – it’s mainly the fault of people like Bob Harras and Joe Quesada, and if you just take out your anger on Lee, you’ll be diverting attention from where it really needs to be focused. You forget that Lee also created Fantastic Four and Iron Man, where the heroes were folks who’d made the big time and were more or less capitalists. And Jonah Jameson was your stand-in for MSMers, which could even include the NY Daily News and the NYT. That’s not to appreciate?

Yes, Lee is left-wing, but he’s far from the worst, or was. And the Hulk’s attacks on army officials wasn’t exactly depicted as a positive thing either.

And by the way: much as I appreciate the concern over this subject, I think it’s a shame if Chomskyism is the only thing that concerns a conservative here. Much of the gratuitous violence running rampant in the works of Geoff Johns – definitely, but not limited to, his work on the Flash – stems from the same left-wing mindsets that are injecting all the overt leftism into Marvel and DC’s current output. If you’re not concerned over mainstream comics becoming too violent/adult, how can you expect to ever stem the tide of Chomskyism now pouring out?

Avi Green on February 11, 2010 at 1:07 AM

You’re just throwing your money away if you think there’s going to be any long-term growth on an investment like this. It maybe going for $20 on eBay now, but a year from now it will be half that, and ten years from now it will be worthless.

There are just too many comic book speculators nowadays for any modern comic to hold any long-term value.

Kensington on February 10, 2010 at 7:12 PM

You may be right, but I’m looking at this as a more short-term investment. I’ll get rid of it in a few months, when the value hits it’s peak. I used to do it all the time when I was younger. I could very well be out the money I pay for it, but comics are like stocks, some times you win and some times you lose.

Torch on February 11, 2010 at 11:42 AM

During WWII there were so many patriotic themed superheros…Captain America wasn’t the first, but he was the best and the most successful. He’s always been iconic because of his identification with patriotism – take that away and you have no character left.

Dork B. on July 21, 2010 at 6:28 PM

Wow. Really liked the Marvel Brand as a kid. Had been taking my daughter to the movies over the years…we even have a couple of bluerays.

Sorry Mr. Lee….no longer interested in what you sell. I like my hero’s to love this country, its values and its constitution.

Thanks for sh!tt!ng on ol’ Cap.


Tim_CA on April 27, 2011 at 11:46 PM