This is a topic of much debate today. The new issue #1 of Captain America, has him being a Hydra agent at the end. SPOILER ALERT!
This is a day that has truly shown me that I need to be in the industry more than ever. So what, it's an industry that came from smugglers, bootleggers and pornographers. It came from something ugly, and became something inspiring. Good. Healthy. Needed.
The inspiration that stemmed from comic books to countless generations is immeasurable. Inspiring children to become Firefighters, Doctors, Explorers, Military personnel, Paramedics, Lawyers, Police Officers.
Inspired us to strive and reach for our dreams. To become better. When I was a boy I went through hell. I was abused by a sibling and bullied. I was only able to find solace, guidance and hope in the world of Comics.
I remember, the 1st three comics I ever read. I own them still. The first was "The Man Without Fear: Daredevil: 43. Daredevil vs Captain America on the front. An amazing Jack Kirby cover! The next was Daredevil: 184. The 3rd, was Captain America #241.
I remember them from front to back. I received them in a box of comics my mother had bought me after a massive beating I got by some bullies in 2nd grade. Huge stack of comics, at least 200! She had bought the box for $5.00 back then, and given them to me. A small gesture to ease the pain. You see, I was always small growing up. "Late Bloomer" they call it. We were poor, and had a big family. Growing up in a wealthy town, and us not having money; I was an easy target.
Then came this box. Matt Murdock, a Lawyer who had been blinded by a horrific accident, gains super powers and uses them to defend the innocent. Captain America, a tiny weakling with a heart a mile wide. He becomes the first Super Soldier and helps rid the world of evil.
You might be able to understand my affinity with such books. No matter how hard they hit, I kept getting back up. Captain America was good for the sake of good.
Then my Junior year in High school, I was still bullied. Still small. Around 5'4"-5'5". I joined the U.S. Army Reserves. I did what was called a delayed entry program. Boot Camp the end of my Junior year, Job Training at the end of my Senior year. I left for South Carolina that summer and came back almost 6'0" and 200 lbs.
The bullies went away. Like Steve Rogers, I had become what was in my heart.
After almost 10 years in the service, and multiple years as a Paramedic, Firefighter and even a Police Officer; I owe it all to Captain America.
So when Marvel decides to take the hero, that helped me get through it all. Abuse. War. Urban Streets of the ghettos. Then make him a NAZI. Well, maybe it's high time someone like me got into the industry. Give these "children" a wake up call.
I don't care if they plan to eventually show him as a duel agent in the end, and it was all a ruse. It should not have been done in the first place. There is a line to not cross, and they just crossed it.
Jack Kirby actually saw combat in the military. This was his "one" character without Stan Lee. (also a Veteran) and Marvel just spat on his grave. However, the Death Threats? Really? Are you so low that you have to resort to idle threats against someone using their 1st Amendment rights that I fought for? Is that what the Captain would do?
No. He wouldn't use violence unless he had no other option. Good for the sake of good. Remember? I don't agree with what has been done, but I am a better man than those that would pervert our passion, our country and our childhood heroes. Violence is not the option. Don't worry. I'm coming into the game. And I am a beast these progressives haven't had the pleasure to tumble with yet.
CEO Spike Bowan is the Pittsburgh based Actor/Director/ Author/ Creator of the Alternate History Genre/Fiction saga "War in the Backyard".
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