Oh, no! Captain America is dead!

Marvel has just killed Captain America, one of the better heroes in the Marvel Universe. And I think that there is a real allegory in the action itself. You see, the Captain America comics started in 1941, at a time where USA needed a virtual hero against the Nazi Germany. It was a propaganda machine. As time went by, his “American soldier” identity got blurred with the rest of the Marvel heroes although he remained a real patriot. But his death can only be seen as an allegory too. Are the Marvel writers think that the America as their forefathers envisioned it is dead? That Captain America is dead because the ideals he stood for are dead? Dead ideals because of the route the US government took to combat terrorism ?

Captain America will be missed. He was a hero that always stood for what is morally right.

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l3v1 wrote on March 7th, 2007 at 8:09 AM PST:

Yupp, a hero model si good as long as is a model that reflects a way to be followed, but when its model contradicts practice, well, how should I put it… well, it’s easier to dump the comic figure :P


Tom Dison wrote on March 7th, 2007 at 9:50 AM PST:

I hate to say it, but it does seem rather symbolic. America is DEFINITELY not a moral leader in the world anymore. But then again, who is?


Alistair McMillan wrote on March 8th, 2007 at 12:11 PM PST:

Not entirely clear from the article on CNN, but are they just killing of the character in the Civil War line of comics, or across the board? Are there even any comics being produced right now with “Captain America” in the title?

Or is this just a publicity stunt (see The Death of Superman), and an opportunity to get a dig in at Bush’s America.


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Eugenia wrote on March 8th, 2007 at 12:20 PM PST:

Apparently they try to kill Steve Rogers for good. If their storylines need Captain America back they might get a new person to wear his suit. But they tried that already in 1985 with the Patriot hero, but it didn’t fly. Steve Rogers was a very likable hero. In fact, now that I am thinking about it, Steve Rogers is a more humanized version of Jack Bauer.


Jeff Rollin wrote on March 9th, 2007 at 1:00 AM PST:

Tom Dison – agreed.


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