Sunday, July 13, 2008

Captain Marvel: Equal Opportunity Ass-Kicker

Fifty years ago, a lot of comics featured characters in often less-than-flattering ways. Often, artists resorted to physical caricatures as writers made the characters villains. And, while a cursory examination might suggest that was also the case with the folks working on Captain Marvel stories, a more in-depth study clearly shows that he just went around kicking everybody's ass...
Crooks...

Aliens...

Native Americans...

Giants...

The Japanese...

Vikings...

Crocodile Men...

Aboriginal Headhunters...

The Living Embodiment of the Seven Deadly Sins...

Tanks...

Ghost Armor...

Time-Displaced Not-So-Innocent Bystanders...

Witches' Cauldrons...

Dinosaurs...

Bears...

Superheroes...

Construction Workers...

Guys Wearing Pith Helmets...

You get the idea. My point, though, is that while, yes, there were indeed some negative stereotypical images used in Captain Marvel's history, he wasn't kicking their asses because they were of who they were. He kicked their (and everybody else's) asses regardless of who they were.

1 comment:

Captain Zorikh said...

Thanks for clearing that up for us!

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