Hating a Hero
One of my life long escapes from reality has been comic books.
I learned to read with them and more importantly, I learned values from them.
Captain America was one of my favorites.
The character created by two Jewish men to represent “American” values, whose first book cover was of him smiting Hitler…was now a fraud and bad guy from the beginning.
Before this rewrite Cap was ethical, conservative, moral, self sacrificial and decent…he knew right from wrong and did right.
He was trustworthy.
Evidently, such cannot be allowed to endure anymore.
One gets the impression that the corporate owners of this character hate the hero that has made them millions because of the values he represents.
Marvel has been trying to get rid of the fictional Steve Rogers for years, replacing him at various times with other men to fill the suit and even killing him off.
He was resurrected when there was movie money to be made.
Now, to be blunt, I don’t consider myself to be a “patriot”.
I don’t think the “America” that Captain America represents ever existed anymore than the the character did…but oh, how I wish it were so.
Cap has been an enduring cultural symbol of what we could be, what we should all aspire to be.
We need symbols in society that show us a better way.
We don’t need the ones that have served us well defiled beyond recognition…especially in a culture that constantly serves young people perverse symbols of depravity as a constant diet.
Somewhere out there is a lonely kid who is learning to read and learning values from comic books just like I did.
His values will be different from mine…because without heroes to read about, you won’t aspire to be one yourself.
Maybe that’s the whole point…