Saturday, March 17, 2007

Star-Spangled Schlemiel - New York Times

Star-Spangled Schlemiel - op-ed by Austin Grossman in the New York Times: "It doesn’t matter if it’s just a P.R. stunt, or if it turns out a robot duplicate was killed in his place, or another Steve Rogers reappears from some alternative future dimension. In the end, Captain America was never the eternal symbol — he was the publicity stunt who grew on the page into a failed but likable human being, and was therefore believably mortal. The Captain’s co-creator, Joe Simon, is said to be sitting shiva for him.

Making the late Captain America the legend he never was in life, or trying to read into his demise some allegory for our country’s current crises, misses the point. Behind that vibranium shield, behind that kitschy Fourth of July mask, Steve Rogers was still just this art student who got drafted into a special assignment that lasted 65 years.

So, sure, Superman has plenty of fans, but I prefer my superheroes like Cap: earthbound, struggling and all too human."


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