March 8, 2007

Who the Fuck Cares that Captain America Died?

Posted in Uncategorized at 12:47 pm by Ian

I mean, seriously. This is news?

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10 Comments »

  1. Evan said,

    Dude. Seriously. Don’t hate on the Cap’n.

    Right now, comics are a hot item for everything from sociological research to CW and English majors; dissertations, masters theses, and all kinds of papers are being written about comics as one expression of american existence. And, especially with the work of more modern “graphic novel” authors such as Neil Gaiman or Frank Miller, comics and “graphic novels” (read: comics with a longer story arc published in a more expensive format) are finally being recognized as relevant to american culture.

    If you’ll recall, in the mid 1990’s, DC Comics made the decision to kill off Superman, having decided that he was too unbelievable, and that people didn’t want heroes that never lost any more. The New York Times ran an above-the-fold cover page article, with one of the biggest headlines they’ve used since the end of the second world war. There was such a broad reaction fo the death of superman that the dc writers gave in, and gave him an out- bringing him back.

    Is Cap’n America as significantas superman to the national concious? Probably not- but i’m not surprised at all to see it in the papers.

    Especially seeing how often Brittany Spears is in the news.

  2. Ian said,

    If you’ll recall, in the mid 1990’s, DC Comics made the decision to kill off Superman, having decided that he was too unbelievable, and that people didn’t want heroes that never lost any more.

    I remember that differently. I recall that in the 1990s, DC Comics made the decision to kill off Superman, having decided that killing off a much-beloved character was sure to sell a bunch of issues, and that the four parallel storylines they had planned to bring him back later would sell even more.

    I don’t disagree that comics, the medium, the artistry, the themes, are relevant to American culture. But the plot points certainly aren’t.

  3. Evan said,

    Sure they are. Plot points are what MAKES it relevant. The stories revolve around the themes you mention. And themes are developed from plots/ and plots are made of plot points. Otherwise, you’d just have paintings of people in spandex… funny colored spandex.

  4. Kyle said,

    I see a lot of junk on news shows that I don’t think qualifies as “news.” But honestly, the death of the comic superhero that is the most obvious “pro-American” superhero in existence, because he chose to fight for personal rights and freedoms over national security in a superhero civil war story arc … that’s worth putting in the news. It’s not page 1 material or anything, but over Britney Spears shaving her head some weekend, for example? If stupid hollywood gossip is “news,” this is news.

  5. Chris said,

    Thankfully, Google News lets me remove the entertainment section entirely from the front page. Maybe I can make a Firefox plug-in that scans the entertainment section from Google News and blocks out related content on other sites, so that posts about Captain America don’t show up on Slashdot. At least it’s tagged as ‘slownewsday’. I mean, sure, Slashdot is ‘news for nerds’, but computer nerds, not comic nerds.

  6. Ian said,

    Scott Kurtz agrees with me. And he’s clearly a comic nerd.

  7. Burrowowl said,

    Ah, but Scott Kurtz is also a gigantic douche-bag. As entertainment news, Marvel having Captain America die rates. Comic books as a whole aren’t the most relevant media around, but in a relevance-starved news niche, this counts.

    Also, the way they took Captain America out fit well into the greater scheme of what Marvel was doing with the rest of their titles, what with the “civil war” and all. Superman’s death was a blatantly-contrived stunt that spawned something on the order of six spin-off titles before they finally brought the infallible uber-dude back.

  8. Ian said,

    Also, the way they took Captain America out fit well into the greater scheme of what Marvel was doing with the rest of their titles, what with the “civil war” and all. Superman’s death was a blatantly-contrived stunt that spawned something on the order of six spin-off titles before they finally brought the infallible uber-dude back.

    Only a valid distinction if Marvel doesn’t end up doing the same. I say it’s way too early to call.

  9. Liza said,

    Who the fuck cares that Ian didn’t update his blog for over 2 weeks? I do! Get on it.

  10. Chris said,

    Yes, quickly, before mainstream news networks pick this up!


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