As David posted earlier, Bill Willingham and others have used Spider-Man’s nod to Obamamania as a springboard to discuss how comic books have been taken over by liberals. You’d think that Ted Rall and Noam Chomsky are the current Editors-in-Chief at Marvel and DC the way they talk! Outspoken conservatives like Chuck Dixon and James Hudnall get no Big Two work, Mike S. Miller claims to be “pinklisted” because of his position against homosexuality, the publishers of Liberality for All position themselves as “publishers of the world’s first conservative comic book” (don’t tell the makers of 1990s indie Dittoman that!)… you’d think all of this Culture War enmity would keep noted conservatives from perusing these proselytizing pinko pamphlets!
You’d be wrong!
That’s right! Sure, Milestone racked up the endorsement from Hollywood Liberals like John Singleton, Chuck D, Melvin Van Peebles and Sam Hamm but how can you compare that to SUPREME COURT JUSTICE CLARENCE THOMAS?
This wasn’t just glad-handing either, in his memoir My Grandfather’s Son, Thomas shouts out to funnybooks:
It was around this time that I started reading comic books. My favorites were Rawhide Kid, Two-Gun Kid, and Kid Colt, Outlaw, the misunderstood western heroes, but I also liked superhero comics, particularly Superman, Green Lantern, Flash and Spiderman.
Spiderman? SPIDERMAN? Spider-Man is a national institution, a global phenomenon! Why can’t people get his name right? How often do you see respectable publications talking about Super Man? Bat-Man? Burgerking? Jar Jarbinks? Practically never! But Spider-Man’s hyphen is a Salingeresque recluse in terms of its absence from press coverage.
Haven’t spoken out against it, because it’s really a lost cause. But you’d like to think that newspapers could get simple things like facts straight.
A classy response, but you’ve got to imagine this sort of thing wears on an editor. Enough perhaps to drive Marvel into the welcoming arms of Big Liberalism! If only Marvel hadn’t had some punctuation lying around one fateful day in 1962, imagine how different the world could be!