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Captain America #605

Captain UnAmerican – You really don’t see, do you?  This country’s at war, and most of you don’t even know it.  And I’m not talking about the Middle East, I’m talking right here in America.  I don’t even recognize this place anymore, and you shouldn’t either.

G.I. Joe #155 1/2

Zartan – They managed to get right up to the steps of the Capitol, where they read their manifesto… the usual clap-trap about abolishing the Federal Government and taxes, deregulating darn-near everything, and instituting a completely unfettered free-market economy.

the Invincible Iron Man #25

Justine Hammer – A quarter of a million Euros of expense to create an autonomous, anonymous, asymmetrical declaration of war.

Iron Man/Thor

Scientist – The moon is the new Club Med, the new Monaco, the new Dubai.

Tony Stark – Yeah, Dubai’s not doing so hot these days.

and

Tony Stark – Ever hear the expression that you go to war with the army you’ve got?

and

Scientist – This is a sovereign state!  You’re trespassing on private property!

The Last Days of American Crime #2

Paul – …the anniversary of the day of infamy, when six American cities fell victim to cowards with dirty bombs.  We lost ten million humans, Nancy.  You and your elitist “progressives” would prefer what, that we continue to live with those types of threats constantly hanging over our heads?

Nancy – You hold this anniversary up as a justification for mind control?  There is no such thing as security, Paul.

Detroit Steel and American Patriotism


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This Wednesday sees the release of Iron Man #25 and a new villain in Detroit Steel.  In the story, Hammer Industries introduces the armored baddie as a private security product marketed to governments and corporations.  The high-tech armor is piloted by a former Air Force pilot.

By why the connection to Detroit?

According to Alejandro Arbona of Marvel Entertainment shared by email to the Detroit Free Press the name was chosen to:

“evoke traditions of industrial and technological innovation in this country and to appeal to the red-blooded, patriotic American corporations and military-industrial complex that would be their customer base.”

Detroit Steel

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Each week we bring you politically charged quotes from the previous week’s comics.

Chew #10

Vampire – I’ve nothing to do with your proletariat revolution, little man…

DMZ #52

Liberty News – The longstanding preemptive war policy, commonly called “The Bush Doctrine,” while not originally designed to apply domestically, is now the de facto law of the land… “To defeat them in the purest military sense of the term.” is the soundbite on every pundits lips these recent days.

Iron Man: Legacy #1

Protester – From the same corporate spokes-liars who brought you “clean coal” and “safe nuclear power”… we now have Stark’s “arc reactor”… which some researchers say will create a black hole on Long Island the minute it’s turned on!  Well we say this is America!  We have the greatest energy system in the world!

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Tony Stark –  These mean were identified as mercenaries for the Eaglestar Corporation… hired by Americans for Energy Awareness the quote-unquote “grassroots” group that organizes today’s protests… which my investigators have found is funded by big oil lobbyists Matville & Carlin…

and

Tony Stark – … and we will not be scared away by, uh… phony “astroturf” organizations!

Friday Fun – America Under Socialism


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We’re back with a new entry for our Friday Fun series looking at politically charged historical comic books.  We felt today’s was appropriate considering the hysteria and fear that America is turning towards Socialism.

America Under Socialism! was produced in 1950 and only around 10 or so copies are known to still be in existence.  It warns how great societies have collapsed under Socialism, like Rome and also warns Britain will collapse as well.  The issue here is being Britain seems to be going strong about 60 years after this comic was published.

We’re of course warned of medical services for all, the dangers of minimum wages and strikes, and that Capitalists are the enemy.  Very humorous seeing where deregulation has gotten us over this past decade or so.

There’s so many things wrong with this comic I don’t even know where to begin.  Check out some examples and then below for a link to the entire comic.

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You can read the full comic at http://www.ep.tc/problems/35/03.html.

Thanks for http://www.ep.tc/ and it’s amazing collection of these fantastic nuggets of history.

Friday Fun – U.S. Racism and You


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In 1942 the U.S. War Department produced a comic strip entitled How to Spot a Jap.  It was a part of 75 page booklet called a Pocket Guide to China.  It was handed out to U.S. Army and Navy soldiers stationed in China during World War II.

The comic strip was removed in subsequent printings of the pocket guide starting in 1944.

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You can read the full comic at http://www.ep.tc/howtospotajap/howto01.html.

Thanks for http://www.ep.tc/ and it’s amazing collection of these fantastic nuggets of history.

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Prelude to Deadpool Corps. #1

Captain America – This is a nation of laws, Deadpool.  You rebels never understood that we can’t pick and choose the rules we like.  I’m on the side of civilization.  You and your ilk stand for chaos.

Sparta U.S.A. #1

Narrator – Here in Sparta, we’re proud to be Americans.  Anything worth a darn in this life is right here in the good ol’ U.S.A.  And nowhere is that better epitomized than on the great gridiron.  Life, liberty, freedom, teamwork, family, God, hot dogs, chicks… It’s all here.

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Narrator – Sparta’s just about the prettiest place on Earth.  Full of hard working Americans.  You’ll find no welfare cases here.

Friday Fun – The C.I.A. Gets Into Comics


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In 1984 the Central Intelligence Agency produced a comic book for the people of Grenada denouncing Communism.  The comic book was air dropped over the country as part of an invasion by the United States and a few allies.  President Reagan worried about a Communist friendly government and used the safety of 800 medical students as a reason to invade the tiny country.

This was an interesting moment in history as it shows off American military action that many people don’t remember and is a physical item produced by and American agency that’s rather secretive in their endeavors.

You can learn more about the Grenada invasion here.

The cover says “Number 1 of a series.”  Our question is what’s in the rest of the series?  Did the CIA produce one for each of our invasions?

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Ah government propaganda, isn’t it fun?  You can read the full comic book at http://www.ep.tc/grenada/.

Thanks for http://www.ep.tc/ and it’s amazing collection of these fantastic nuggets of history.

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Cinderella: From Fabletown With Love #4

Safiya – It’s just like I’ve said, sisters.  The Anglo Fables talk about equality and independence, but are they really any better than our erstwhile masters?

Siege #2

Bucky – Steve, you need this.  You want to take the country back?  You need to put on the uniform and stand up.  The world needs Captain America.

and

Hellfire – I don’t get it… why are we recording this?

Nick Fury – What I just described to you is the textbook definition of treason.  It ain’t spy games and it ain’t cutesy crap.  We are declaring war on the United States.  I want it on record it was me who did this.  I want it known it was me.

Hellfire – Like, we’re just kids under your scary influence.

Nick Fury – You are.  Prepare to be taken as prisoner of war if we fail.  Prepare to be treated as an enemy of the state.  If we do not win, and you live, that is what is coming.  All the other things we’ve been working towards, all of it means nothing if we do not do this.  Osborn has to be removed.  He is a threat to the American way of life and that’s that.

Siege: Embedded #2

Clerk – We oughta nuke ’em right outta there!  Just vaporize the whole lot of ’em!  But we ain’t gonna, and you know why?

Ben Urich – Because a nuclear attack on American soil would be unconscionable?

Clerk – Because the President of these United States — a man I did not vote for, mind you, so I don’t know why he gets any say over me and mine — does not have the guts to stand up for his people!

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Ben Urich – Because it gets people watching.  And talking about him.  And buying his books.  Controversy creates an audience.

and

H.A.M.M.E.R. Agent – Each ship has an Osborn-approved member of the press assigned to it.

T0dd Keller – Embedded journalists.

H.A.M.M.E.R. Agent – We’re ensuring cross-network saturation.  Even if someone disagrees with your network’s style, they are still seeing the Asgard event as we intend it to be seen.

Todd Keller – This is really happening isn’t it? We’re going to invade Asgard.

H.A.M.M.E.R. Agent – We are going to invade Asgard, Mister Keller.  You are going to tell the world why it’s a good idea.

Wolverine: Weapon X #10

Melita – My mom is black and my dad’s Mexican, but they don’t care what color my dates are so long as they’re Democrats.

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Captain America: Reborn #6

Red Skull/Captain America – — A new morning in America.

Unknown Soldier #16

Moses – There are expressions that every human face in the world does the same… It doesn’t matter the language, the belief, the culture or the color of the skin.  In these expressions the whole breadth of the human race is unified.  In these we are all one.

X-Men: Forever #16

Kramer – I want my lawyer.

Dugan – What makes you think you get a lawyer?

Kramer – I know my rights.

Dugan – You’re an operative of S.H.I.E.L.D.  This is a matter of potentially global security.  You have no rights.

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Deadpool Team-up #897

Deadpool – This is about as fun as a Sarah Palin rally.

Marvel Boy: The Uranian #1

Uranian: Based on transmissions I have listened to, the citizenry seem gripped by xenophobia.  Likely the result of extended world war.  I was asked several times if I was a Soviet or member of the Communist Party.  The jingoism here is strange to me.

Siege #1

Norman Osborn – Asgard is in a position to threaten America and the American way of life.

Hawkeye – So is McDonald’s.  Should we invade that too?

Siege: Embedded #1

Ben Urich – Then one of Chicago’s finest put me in the back of his car.  Said they had a list of which press was allowed into the site.

Will Stern – Go America.  Go freedom of the press.

Almost American
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