Funnybook Babylon

January 15, 2009

How Comics Books Really Fell to the Liberals!

Filed under: Blurbs — Tags: , , , , — Chris Eckert @ 3:32 pm

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.

Now, when I twittered Spider-Executive-Editor Tom Brevoort about this Hyphengate (Hyphen-Gate?), he replied with measured diplomacy :

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!



  1. I once heard a so-called “fan” of Superman refer to him as… UGH, Supes. Even reprinting it makes my skin crawl. If we can’t trust these (presumably) liberal morons to read a funnybook right, who knows what they’ll do with the Second Amendment?

    Comment by HitTheTargets — January 15, 2009 @ 5:06 pm

  2. Thanks for the comment, John Byrne!

    Comment by Chris Eckert — January 15, 2009 @ 5:17 pm

  3. You know we’re not in grade school. Fashioning statements like “liberal freak show” or “nazi conservatives” does little for anyone. It’s finger pointing. Putting Barack Obama on a Spiderman cover doesn’t indicate a bias — it indicates a market since he’s the first black President.
    In a previous post, you said keep politics out of the comics and now you’re inserting politics in the comics. What soapbox are you standing on?

    Comment by dave fernandes — January 15, 2009 @ 7:25 pm

  4. I’d very-much rather you guys kept to talking about comic-books on your pod-cast.


    Comment by DensityDuck — January 15, 2009 @ 7:58 pm

  5. in the same respect, you’ve misquoted Brevoort… twas “…things li ke facts straight.” note the gap in ‘like’ ;) i see why he’s a funny book editor…;) [damn spell checkers]

    Comment by theConundrumm — January 15, 2009 @ 10:14 pm

  6. Fuck Bill Willingham, his persecution complex, and his association with Breitbart’s thug operation. His party has FAILED.

    Comment by Dan Coyle — January 16, 2009 @ 12:39 pm

  7. Since when is vigilantism a liberal ideal. Superheroes are inherently reactionary characters. The Punisher character being the logical extreme of taking the law into your own hands.

    Comment by Johnston — January 16, 2009 @ 6:34 pm

  8. Seriously, has nobody got the joke yet?

    Comment by David Uzumeri — January 16, 2009 @ 7:30 pm

  9. I would definitely be interested in having Noam Chomsky as an editor in chief of superhero comics.

    Comment by Tucker Stone — January 16, 2009 @ 8:28 pm

  10. Dave,

    People just have no sense of humor nowadays.

    Comment by Jamaal Thomas — January 16, 2009 @ 10:55 pm

  11. Personally, I thought it was cool when Clarence Thomas mentioned that he loved Icon. At one point, I remember Dwayne Duffie having a conversation with Clarence Thomas on the merits of Icon as a conservative character and role model while he had his interns book-binding all of his Milestone issues.

    It was a vote of confidence for me to pick up Icon. I thought it was such an interesting book that had conflicted political ideologies (especially conflicting african-american ideologies), but it still maintained a fair and reasonable stance on both liberal and conservative qualities of living today as a minority.

    And they had Buck Wild. Any comic book with Buck Wild has a star in my book.

    Comment by gary ancheta — January 17, 2009 @ 5:43 pm

  12. People across the aisle will always agree on Buck Wild.

    Comment by Pedro Tejeda — January 17, 2009 @ 9:01 pm

  13. Joke-failure and not-getting are all-too-common reading-problems on inter-net discussion-boards.

    Comment by DensityDuck — January 19, 2009 @ 3:47 pm

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