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Thursday January 8, 2009 6:53 pm

Liberal Politics and Comics

Posted by David Torres Categories: Editorials, Marvel Comics,


On a link from the Drudge Report, the website breitbart.com is reporting that in an upcoming issue of “Amazing Spider-man,” President-Elect Obama will be making an appearance. Peter Parker attends the inauguration to take some pictures and while there springs into action as Spider-man and punches out an impostor attempting to pose as Obama. I think it’s The Chameleon from the page posted on the website. This really annoys me!

People are entitled to have their political opinions. If you are a writer or an artist, you are free to incorporate your views into a story if you wish.  If you are a liberal, that’s fine. I live in New York, so I have a lot of liberal friends and family members. What pisses me off is that there is no balance when it comes to incorporating politics into comic book stories.

Similar to Hollywood, it seems that the majority of creators in the comic book industry are liberal. The only comic creator I know who is politically conservative or a Republican is Chuck Dixon. I wish there were more comic creators who were politically conservative so readers who don’t happen to share the left wing political ideology of the writer or artist would have more choices to go else where if they want to read a comic book that deals with political issues.

I know comics don’t do this a lot, but when it does happen, it frustrates me because there’s no alternative. Instead we are stuck with guys like Mark Millar who in a interview for Wizard magazine - I believe around the time of “Superman: Red Son” - stated that his family were communists when he was young and that they “kind of” rooted against the U.S. during the Cold War. Gee Mark, thanks. I really want to live in a oppressive, collective society where my liberties are limited and the government has power over me and my family. Thanks, but no thanks. I like democracy and capitalism. Now before people start yelling at me, I’m not claiming Mark or any one in comics today are communists so just relax.

I my feelings is that when comics or any other type of entertainment media incorporate their political messages into their work, normally paint conservatives like myself as dumb, racist, or sexist. Obviously I don’t believe that to be true and it is not true!  I’ve been a political conservative since 9/11. My number one issue when it comes to being a conservative is fighting terrorism. I don’t believe that most liberals really get what we are fighting against. It seems they are ready to blame something the U.S. may have done as opposed to what these maniacs believe in.

I can rant forever about this subject, but this blog is supposed to be about comics. I just hope that down the road we see a few more creators who share my view points when they talk politics in their story. It’s funny, Marvel Comics Editor in Chief Joe Quesada is ecstatic that Obama was fan of Spider-man as kid and that he can feature the president-elect in one of his company’s comic books during this historic moment in our nation’s history.  I wonder if Joe Quesada will be fair and balanced and put Sarah Palin in a Spider-man comic if she were to run and become the first female president. Something tells me I sincerely doubt it.



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