I’m a comic book fan. Have been all my life.
It might have something to do with the fact that I was an only child (of an only child of an only child – yes, both my mother and grandmother were only children as well) …
Or it might have something to do with the fact that I was an imaginative kid who liked equally imaginative ideas—and the kind presented to us through comic books and the lives of superheroes fit that perfectly.
My favorites were always the biggest and strongest, especially the Incredible Hulk, who was weak and meek as a human but exploded into a being of pure anger and strength when threatened.
On a personal note, my therapist told me that I was drawn to the Hulk because of the abuse I suffered at the hands of my step-father. As a kid, I had to act like Bruce Banner to avoid the wrath of a man that never knew what “love” or “family” truly meant.
It’s funny because, years later, the Hulk series went into Bruce Banner’s past, revealing that he too was an abused child, and the birth of the Hulk happened then, not when he was caught in the radiation of a gamma bomb.
I learned a lot from comic books over the years.
I learned words that I never would have learned in school. Words like “dossier” (which I knew meant “file,’ but pronounced “dose-ure” instead of “dos-e-ay”) that I learned at age 10 while the rest of my friend were still trying to read “Where the Red Fern Grows.”
However, the most important lesson I learned was that always trying to do what’s right is way more important than just trying to get the job done.
The Important Lessons To Learn
Living with honor and humility is more important than fame and glory, which is why I gravitated more towards the Hulk than I did towards other powerful heroes like Thor or Superman.
Honor, humility, righteousness, patriotism—these are the important lessons that kids need to learn, regardless of their race, color, creed, or sexuality.
I didn’t need a representation of who I was in the comic books I was reading. I just needed to see the difference between right and wrong presented before me so I could learn how to determine which was which.
However, the 21st Century is a different time than the one I grew up in.
It’s a different America.
In today’s America, people need to see intersectionality, diversity, and the representation of every single one of the diverse minorities the exist in our world.
That’s why comic artists and the companies that produce superhero literature have made a habit of turning some of our most iconic comic book characters into symbols of the oppressed.
For instance, Marvel Comics has just revealed that they will be unveiling a new LGBTQ character…and his name is Captain America.
The character, named Aaron Fischer, will feature in The United States of Captain America – a new comic book series set for release on June 2.
The new series will revolve around the original Cap, Steve Rogers, traveling across the US and teaming up with Captain Americas of the past and present and meeting heroes from different walks of life – including the new Fischer character.
And to be honest, I get it.
I fully understand that there is a need for kids to see themselves represented in comics. It’s actually a very compassionate thing to do.
However, there is no need to mess with the characters that already exist.
Create new characters that have different stories and different powers that teach different lessons than the iconic characters that have a history and legacy all their own.
Writer Joshua Trujillo told the Hollywood Reporter, “Aaron is inspired by heroes of the queer community: activists, leaders and everyday folks pushing for a better life. He stands for the oppressed and the forgotten. I hope his debut story resonates with readers and helps inspire the next generation of heroes.”
The thing is, Captain America—the original Captain America, Steve Rogers—already stands for the oppressed and forgotten, and he fights for ALL Americans, regardless of their race, color, creed, or sexual orientation.
We can create NEW characters that don’t lessen the role that the heroes of the past have already played…
Just as we can create new ways to allow our LGBTQ citizens the same rights and protections as any other American without taking the rights away of others.
But that seems to be the way of the Left…
Delete instead of add.
We should be used to it by now…
“America doesn’t hand you things on a silver platter. Sometimes all she offers is hope.” – Captain America