Last thing to make me blog was the Stupid Gay Snickers commercials…. Today is something else stupid.
(Note the death referenced in Wikipedia is what happened in the storyline summary while his death was faked to get the cure)
the stupid part is bolded
Captain America killed!
Marvel comic book hero cut down by sniper
Captain America is dead. The Marvel Entertainment superhero, created in 1941 as a patriotic adversary for the Nazis, is killed off in Captain America #25, which hits the stands today.
As Captain America emerges from a courthouse building, he is struck by a sniper’s bullet in the shoulder and then hit again in the stomach, blood seeping out of his star-spangled costume.
His death is sure to ignite controversy in the comic book world – still reeling from Superman’s death in 1993 and resurrection the following year – and even political pundits, who may see Captain America’s demise as an allegory for the United States.
“It’s a hell of a time for him to go. We really need him now,” said co-creator Joe Simon, 93, after being informed of his brainchild’s death.
Simon and artist Jack Kirby came up with the character in 1941 as an adversary for Adolf Hitler, who was more evil than any villain the pair could dream up. Since then, the patriotic hero has appeared in an estimated 210 million copies sold in 75 countries.
Not bad for an imaginary sickly kid from the lower East Side named Steve Rogers, who volunteered to be injected with Super Soldier serum during World War II.
Part of Captain America’s allure was that he had no true superpowers; the serum made him an example of a human being at his utmost potential.
He could bench-press 1,100 pounds, run a mile in about a minute and outsmart any spy.
Series writer Ed Brubaker – who grew up reading Captain America comics while his father, a naval intelligence officer, was stationed on Guantanamo Bay, Cuba – said it wasn’t easy to kill off the character. The 40-year-old, however, wanted to explore what the hero meant to the country in these polarized times.
“What I found is that all the really hard-core left-wing fans want Cap to be standing out on and giving speeches on the streetcorner against the Bush administration, and all the really right-wing [fans] all want him to be over in the streets of Baghdad, punching out Saddam,” Brubaker said.
Comic book deaths, however, are rarely final. Marvel’s archrival, DC Comics, provoked a media frenzy when it killed off Superman in 1993, only to reanimate its prize creation a year later.
Joe Quesada, 43, Marvel Entertainment’s editor in chief, said he wouldn’t rule out the shield-throwing champion’s eventual return. But for now, the Captain’s fans are in mourning.
“I was shocked. I was not expecting it,” said Gerry Gladston, co-owner of Midtown Comics in Manhattan. “I’d rather they didn’t kill him – but it’s going to mean great sales.”
‘LIFE’ OF AN AMERICAN HERO
Created: March 1941
True Identity: Steve Rogers
Born: July 4, 1917
Birthplace: Lower East Side
Current Home: Red Hook, Brooklyn
Superpowers: None (Super Soldier serum makes him a “nearly perfect human being”)
Weapon: His red,white and blue discus-like shield
Archenemy: Red Skull
Pop Culture Moment, Film: Easy Rider, Peter Fonda’s character is nicknamed Captain America.
Pop Culture Moments, Music: The Kinks’ song, Catch Me Now, I’m Falling, has this lyric: “This is Captain America calling.” Guns N’ Roses’ Paradise City: “Captain America’s been torn apart, now he’s a court jester with a broken heart.”
Originally published on March 7, 2007
The thing is last time… in you know the polarized 90s that stuff played out…. so how about oh I don’t know a good storyline.
Captain America is part of the whole Marvel Civil War plotline I hate with firey passion. But what would have made a great story, a story consistent with Captain America is that he faked his own death and found the people who created the events that started the Civil war. That the whole thing was orchestrated to destroy the Superhuman community and have them fight each other until no one was left.
When he finds them the Patriot Captain America is comes out of hiding and lays it all out and the healing begins
You know you can get the stupid polarization angles out AND then you have a coming together
but as I have seen synopsis of the assassination story, I know nothing that well thought out is coming I hate marvel comics so much