I found a vid that includes a CNN story about Cap I saw the other day. It was very well done... hat's off to Ali Velshi's reporting.
Joe Quesada's nonsense about the death having meaning is just hilarious. The meaning is clear: “let’s make lots of money.” Also, you’ll notice from the ABC piece that Quesada doesn’t even know what year cap was created. He is the head of Marvel! I think that speaks volumes. As for the Global piece they missed the mark. Come on! Cap is out of date, so yeah, we have to kill him. What…? Superman is older, remember “truth, justice in the American Way!” Maybe Cap needed an update but certainly not a death date. It sounds like Marvel is saying lets dump him like the Greatest Generation, as they have nothing to offer.
As I’ve said in another post, it’s not the fault of a fictional character if his or her storylines aren’t working, it’s the fault of the writers and editors.
On a political tangent Ari Emanuel notes in his column that maybe it was really Bush and Cheney that did in Cap America. He says:
So they killed Captain America. On paper he was offed by a sniper's bullet. But in reality it was the toxic state of Bush and Cheney's America. It's hard to be a star-spangled Super Soldier these days. Given the lip-service-only support this administration gives our troops, the patriotic hero would have to fight evil with a substandard red, white, and blue shield, and be stop-lossed into an endless tour of duty.
The only upside to the good Captain's death? If he had survived his wounds, he might have been sent to Walter Reed.
It appears that Marvel is doing Bush's dirty work, and they just don't see it. I guess Cap was just too quaint to be allowed to live, much like the Geneva Convention or our civil rights.
Stan Lee, Marvel's lead man in the 1960s said in this NPR story:
He represented everything that people in any side of the political spectrum find admirable. He was courageous, he was honest, he was loyal, he tried to always do the right thing. He had no prejudice; he was like a perfect human being.
Joe Simon, Cap's co-creator, is actually sitting shiva, a Jewish mourning ritual. He sums it better than anybody else "It's a hell of a time for him to go. We really need him now."
I couldn't agree more.