Marvel Comics Censors its Own Book, switches out Waid’s Essay due to being “Too Critical on America and American Politics”
Before we continue this article we would like to remind the reader that Newsarama also followed up with an update regarding the recent news about the recent Censorship of Marvel #1000. Below are the original story and the details of what is going on in this situation.
Earlier on August 27th, The Hollywood Reporter recently reported that the Comic Book Publisher, Marvel had recently removed an Essay from a Comic Book that was about to go on sale on August 28th, 2019, the reason for the Removal? The Author had described America as “Deeply Flawed” and suggested for the reader to take to the streets. The Essay was written by Mark Waid, well known for writing for both Marvel and DC Comics; was supposed to include a full-sized image of Captain America, drawn by John Cassaday and Laura Martin. This was supposed to be tied-in with the 1944 release of the Captain America Movie Serial, The essay itself was about the imperfection of the current American Political System. Below is a clipping of what Mark Waid wrote:
“The system isn’t just. We’ve treated some of our own abominably, Worse, we’ve perpetuated the myth that any American can become anything, can achieve anything, through sheer force of will. And that’s not always true. This isn’t the land of opportunity for everyone. The American ideals aren’t always shared fairly. Yet without them, we have nothing; America’s systems are flawed, but they’re our only mechanism with which to remedy inequality on a meaningful scale. Yes, it’s hard and bloody work. But history has shown us that we can, bit by bit, right that system when enough of us get angry. When enough of us take to the streets and force those in power to listen. When enough of us call for revolution and say, ‘Injustice will not stand.’”Mark Waid, Current Writer for Marvel
With the 80th Anniversary Celebration of Marvel being on the thoughts and minds of Comic Book fans, Collectors, the recent censorship isn’t the first time the Company has faced; A Legendary Pulitzer Prize-winning Graphic Novelist named Art Spiegelman recently discussed with Guardian about his Introduction for the Publisher’s book “Marvel: The Golden Age 1939–1949“. The Introduction had compared Donald Trump to Captain America’s archnemesis The Red Skull; A Nazi Agent that works for Hydra. His Description which mentions “In today’s all too real world, Captain America’s most nefarious villain, the Red Skull, is alive on screen and an Orange Skull haunts America.” Below is Mr. Spiegelman transcript of his discussion with Guardian:
“I didn’t think of myself as especially political compared with some of my fellow travelers, but when asked to kill a relatively anodyne reference to an Orange Skull I realized that perhaps it had been irresponsible to be playful about the dire existential threat we now live with, and I withdrew my introduction, International fascism again looms large…and the dislocations that have followed the global economic meltdown of 2008 helped bring us to a point where the planet itself seems likely to meltdown.”Art Spiegelman, Legendary Pulitzer Prize-winning Graphic Novelist.
The question is, what would drive a Publisher to Censor its own content, especially when the same Company was doing and accomplishing things that other Publishers were afraid to do back in the 60s and 70s? The answer seems to be in plain sight, Ike Perlmutter, The CEO and Chairman of Marvel Entertainment who is also a longtime friend, Supporter of Donald Trump; who also is a member of the President’s Resort, Mar-a-Largo in Florida. Mr. Perlmutter has been part of a group of businessmen who have made decisions for the Department of Veteran Affairs behind the scenes. Perlmutter is one of the largest donors to the Trump Campaign, having donated $360 thousand dollars to his re-election campaign. It would seem that the CEO is afraid that not only would offend his longtime friend but seems afraid that the Company he represents would be considered UnAmerican. What we have listed below is the Original Essay from Marvel #1000 before the change And this is from The Hollywood Reporter. As we would like to remind you, please head over to Newsarama for the newest Comment from Mark Waid regarding his essay.
“I’m asked how it’s possible to love a country that’s deeply flawed.Mark Waid, Current Writer for Marvel
It’s hard sometimes. The system isn’t just. We’ve treated some of our own abominably.
Worse, we’ve perpetuated the myth that any American can become anything, can achieve anything, through sheer force of will. And that’s not always true. This isn’t the land of opportunity for everyone. The American ideals aren’t always shared fairly.
Yet without them, we have nothing.
With nothing, cynicism becomes reality. With nothing, for the privileged and the disenfranchised both, our way of life ceases to exist. We must always remember that America, as imperfect as it is, has something. It has ideals that give it structure.
When the structure works, we get schools. We get roads and hospitals. We get a social safety net. More importantly, when we have structure, we have a foundation upon which to rebuild the American Dream — that equal opportunity can be available to absolutely everyone.
America’s systems are flawed, but they’re our only mechanism with which to remedy inequality on a meaningful scale. Yes, it’s hard and bloody work. But history has shown us that we can, bit by bit, right that system when enough of us get angry. When enough of us take to the streets and force those in power to listen. When enough of us call for revolution and say, “Injustice will not stand.”
That’s what you can love about America.“
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