Biff Bam Pop’s It’s All Connected – Just a Kid from Brooklyn: Captain America, American Memories of World War II, and the MCU, Part II
In the first part of this essay, I briefly sketched the construction of American memories of World War II that began slightly before the war and continue into the 21st century. In many ways the war has become a defining part of American identity, and the dominant, triumphal memory narrative we have created about it serves to elevate American participation in the war almost to the level of the sacred, and certainly to the realm of the simple black and white, good v. evil duality that is much more comforting than any messy and contradictory reality might be. The character of Steve Rogers/Captain America is one of the more perfect cultural artifacts to illustrate this process of memory construction, and the ways in which counter-memories, which challenge the dominant narrative, inevitably influence the national mythology.
For many, yesterday’s big news was the appearance of Spider-Man in the new Captain America: Civil War trailer, and yes, it was super cool, especially the narrowing eyes, but my big thrill was seeing the Black Panther, one of my favorite Avengers, finally in live action. Now Marvel Comics is giving the King of Wakanda a new series by some very talented creators. Meet me after the jump for your first look at BLACK PANTHER #1!
Marvel Comics continues to recognize the 75th anniversary of Captain America this March as superstar creators unite to celebrate the sentinel of liberty in CAPTAIN AMERICA: SAM WILSON #7! Meet me after the jump for your first look!
I don’t think I’ve have been this excited about a season premiere of a television show since the series premiere of “The Flash” last year. You see, the Flash isn’t just my favorite superhero, but Jay Garrick is my favorite Flash. To see him brought to life on the small screen is just pure nerdgasm. Meet me after the super speed jump for my thoughts on “The Man Who Saved Central City.”
As DC Comics’ mainstream anchor superhero team, the Justice League has traveled all over the DC Multiverse and encountered many facets and characters of the DC mythos and beyond. From the Golden Age of comics to the year One Million, the JLA has seen it all, and in Classics on Infinite Earths: The Justice League and DC Crossover Canon from Sequart, author Julian Darius takes a look at many of these excursions. Meet me after the jump for more on this exploration of the shared universe.
There’s a Crisis on the horizon of near-Infinite proportions in the comics world, but not the way you might be thinking. Today Marvel Comics, represented by editors Tom Brevoort and Axel Alonzo, officially announced the end of the Marvel Universe. And it’s not just the end of the Marvel Universe proper, but also the Ultimate Universe as well, and possibly the end of Marvel Comics, as we know it. Meet me after the jump for what we now know about the new Secret Wars…
Whether you know it or not, an injustice has been thrown upon us comic book fans for too long now. The legendary, red-scarved and black-cloaked vigilante with the hooked nose, steely gaze, and ominous laugh has been unceremoniously resigned to our misty-coloured memories and plaintive sighs – but no longer!
Today is an exciting day for us suffering, pulp-deprived fans!
Lamont Cranston, the Shadow, returns in a new ongoing, monthly series from Dynamite Entertainment. Criminals will cower and the gunfire of retribution will ring out loud in the streets of 1930’s New York…for the Shadow knows – say it with me now – what evil lurks in the hearts of men!
Aren’t we lucky? You bet we are!