EDITORIAL: Rush Limbaugh and the Bane of Mitt Romney

EDITORIAL: Rush Limbaugh and the Bane of Mitt Romney

On Tuesday, notorious conservative radio host Rush Limbaugh took to the airwaves and dropped the hammer on the comic book community. With the release of Christopher Nolan’s final Batman film, The Dark Knight Rises, just around the corner, Limbaugh asked his audience if they thought it was mere coincidence that the film’s villain is named Bane. In the last several weeks, Republican Presidential nominee Mitt Romney has been forced to answer a great many questions…

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Jay Gabel examines “Marvel NOW!”

Jay Gabel examines “Marvel NOW!”

 I do not like DC Comics.       I’ll admit my bias. At first, my dislike was a simple taste thing: superheroes in DC are revered in their universe like Greek gods, whereas Marvel’s were just people with powers in a more distrustful world. Two different styles, neither necessarily better than the other, just had my preference.       Then The New 52 hit. I’m a pretty huge fan of a deep continuity (it’s why…

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EDITORIAL: “Worst Comic Ever”… I Think Not

EDITORIAL: “Worst Comic Ever”… I Think Not

Friday, in a piece for the Wall Street Journal, Tim Marchman wrote an article examining the recent release of Leaping Tall Buildings: The Origin of American Comics. From this he extracts a scathing critique of the comic book industry, claiming that the market doesn’t show nearly the strength in sales that it should, especially in the wake of the recent success of “The Avengers” film. While he rightly contends that super-hero comics are not reaching the same type of…

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EDITORIAL: Do Super-heroes Erode Trust In Government?

EDITORIAL: Do Super-heroes Erode Trust In Government?

Last week, I did a piece on whether or not vigilantism in comics is a good thing. The original source for the article was a column by Josh Horwitz, in which he discusses that vigilantism, overall, is typically indicative of a failing trust in governmental and societal institutions. This failure of trust results in a belief that problems are best solved by an individual acting alone rather than by a system that has become ineffectual….

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EDITORIAL: Is Vigilantism In Comics a Bad Thing?

EDITORIAL: Is Vigilantism In Comics a Bad Thing?

On Thursday, Josh Horwitz of the Coalition to Stop Gun Violence had a disturbing piece in the Huffington Post. The article, entitled “‘Second Amendment Vigilantes Systematically Dismantling Our Rights,” painted a frightening picture of a growing trend towards vigilantism in the United States. He chronicles the tale of an immigrant couple, moving into their new home, who were held at gunpoint by their would-be neighbors and wound up incarcerated by the local sheriff. In the…

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EDITORIAL: Comics and Conspiracy: The Mining of the Lunatic Fringe

EDITORIAL: Comics and Conspiracy: The Mining of the Lunatic Fringe

Recently, in an interview with New Empress Magazine, controversial comic scribe Mark Millar was asked about the inspirations behind the Ultimates. As those who read our Digital Time Machine piece last week will remember, the Ultimates is without a doubt the most driving influence in comics behind the creation of the new Avengers movie. The book essentially cast actor Samuel L. Jackson as Nick Fury years before Marvel Studios even existed, much less began to…

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EDITORIAL: The Chaining of Clark Kent

EDITORIAL: The Chaining of Clark Kent

When superstar writer Grant Morrison was announced as the writer of DC Comics’ New 52 relaunch of Action Comics it was made clear that this was not going to be the Superman we were used to seeing. Taking his cue from the early work of Siegel and Schuster, Morrison’s Superman would return to his roots as a social crusader fighting for the little guy, the underrepresented masses who had been disenfranchised by the ever-increasing power of monied interests…

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EDITORIAL: Why Super-Heroes Should Be More Political

EDITORIAL: Why Super-Heroes Should Be More Political

It’s time to really figure out if superheroes belong in the political arena. It can be difficult to find quality discussions on the role of politics in comic books. In the last year, there have been three articles of varying quality that have attempted to address this very divisive issue. Back in October, Sara “Babs” Lima of ComicVine.com posed the question to readers as to whether or not political content in comic books alienates readers….

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EDITORIAL: Mainstream VS Indie Comic Books: Where’s the Beef?

EDITORIAL: Mainstream VS Indie Comic Books: Where’s the Beef?

Several months ago when I started Capeless Crusader, I decided to approach comics from a very specific angle. I wanted to find those comic books which either directly or tangentially addressed important social issues and made full use of comics’ ability to act as a lens through which we see our own society. Up to this point, my own experience with comics had been largely defined by what most people consider mainstream books. That is, comic…

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EDITORIAL: Superman For President?

EDITORIAL: Superman For President?

The idea of super-heroes becoming involved in politics is hardly a new one. A recent post on RedState, entitled “Does America need Superman or Batman as its next President?” prompted me to revisit this concept. The RedState piece attempts to shoehorn Superman into a comparison with current Republican contender Rick Santorum while likening Batman with former Massachusetts Governor Mitt Romney (a much closer comparison.) The piece’s writer, posting under the moniker “teapartier,” talks of Superman…

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