Marvel Comics buries Captain America

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  1. optimusprime42

    optimusprime42 Autobot Leader

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    http://news.yahoo.com/s/ap/20070630/ap_en_ot/captain_america

    NEW YORK - It's a funeral fit for a superhero In the drizzling rain at Arlington National Cemetery, thousands of grieving patriots solemnly watch as the pall bearers — Iron Man, the Black Panther, Ben Grimm and Ms. Marvel — carry a casket draped with an American flag.

    Yes, folks, Captain America is dead and buried in the latest issue of Marvel Comics, due on newsstands the morning after Independence Day. After 66 years of battling villains from Adolf Hitler to the Red Skull, the red, white and blue leader of the Avengers was felled by an assassin's bullet on the steps of a New York federal courthouse.

    He was headed to court after refusing to sign the government's Superhero Registration Act, a move that would have revealed his true identity. A sniper who fired from a rooftop was captured as police and Captain America's military escort were left to cope with chaos in the streets.

    But the sniper didn't act alone, and didn't even fire the shot that killed the captain.

    Writer Jeph Loeb has been busy working through the stages of grief in the most recent issues of Marvel Comics. A book centered on Wolverine dealt with denial; one with the Avengers covered anger; and Spider-Man battled depression.

    With the story line so relevant to present-day politics, and the timing of the latest issue so precise, it's hard not to think the whole thing is one big slam on the government.

    "Part of it grew out of the fact that we are a country that's at war, we are being perceived differently in the world," Loeb said. "He wears the flag and he is assassinated — it's impossible not to have it at least be a metaphor for the complications of present day."

    But Loeb says he was working with more personal material: the death of his 17-year-old son from cancer.

    "So many people have lost their sons and daughters over the years, for the greater good or to cancer or other horrible things," said Loeb, an executive producer for NBC's "Heroes." "I wanted this to be something people would identify with."

    In the final frames of the book, the Falcon delivers a eulogy asking superheros old and young to stand up and honor Captain America. Loeb did a similar thing at his son's funeral.

    "It was this moment where I realized that we were all different, but this boy, my son, made us all connected," he said. "It was powerful."

    Captain America, whose secret identity was Steve Rogers, was an early member of the pantheon of comic book heroes that began with Superman in the 1930s.

    He landed on newsstands in March 1941, nine months before Pearl Harbor — delivering a punch to Hitler on the cover of his first issue, a sock-in-the-jaw reminder that there was a war on and the United States was not involved.

    Since then, Marvel Entertainment Inc., has sold more than 200 million copies of Captain America magazine in 75 countries.

    In the most recent story line, he became involved in a superhero "civil war," taking up sides against Iron Man in the registration controversy, climaxed by his arrest and assassination.

    Marvel says you never know what will happen. He may make it back from the dead after all, although Loeb says that question isn't really important right now.

    "The question is, how does the world continue without this hero?" he said. "If that story of his return gets told further down the line, great. But everyone's still been dealing with his loss.

    "They aren't going to wake up and it's a dream, like it's some episode of 'Dallas.'
     
  2. Turbocharger

    Turbocharger We should get more letter

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    I read the title and thought people in superhero costumes were burying a dummy in a Captain America costume, and I thought "No way people are that weird".

    Gladly I was wrong.
     
  3. uzi_the_klown

    uzi_the_klown Well-Known Member

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    i wonder hwo there gonna bring him back and u know this the comics so he want be dead to long i hope
     
  4. optimusprime42

    optimusprime42 Autobot Leader

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    looks like he is gone
     
  5. Spartan Prime

    Spartan Prime is an apathetic douchebag

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    No, They brought Bucky back. They'll certainly bring back the Captain.
     
  6. dragontron88

    dragontron88 Your new Lord, & Master

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    I say leave em dead, and make him a deeper, more meaningful legend.
     
  7. 1UpCheatachu

    1UpCheatachu Lemony Fresh TFW2005 Supporter

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    What? Captain America is awesome! :( 
     
  8. The_Bardock

    The_Bardock ****** of the Minicons

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    Wouldn't they have already known his secret identity?
     
  9. ambushbug74

    ambushbug74 Stroke me, Stroke me! TFW2005 Supporter

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    As nice as that would be, it would never happen. There was a time when Marvel said basically that anyone can come back, except Bucky. With Bucky back, all bets are off. I give this less then a year for him to return.
     
  10. Random Autobot

    Random Autobot Soviet Kanukistani

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    What's funny is how Loeb is playing off the Death of America itself. Basically, they're killing off this legendary character, as the empire itself dies out. Sadly, they will more than likely bring him back in 5 months.
     
  11. Omnibus Prime

    Omnibus Prime I'm too old for this shit TFW2005 Supporter

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    If they want to continue on that angle, they should wait, ohhh, say 18 months...practically to the day. Even if the winds don't completely reverse direction, the collective sigh of relief would be a good time to bring him back.
     
  12. Misatokitty

    Misatokitty The Major

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    They can tie it into Infinite Crisis, and Superboy Prime's punches can wake him up... because he was never meant to die... so he wakes up in a coffin, six months later, digs his way out and goes loony... before starting as a new hero.

    Nah, would never work... no one would ever buy it.
     
  13. LigerPrime

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    Off topic...I'm not from the USA but in what way was Captain America justified in not registering? Violation of individual rights?
     
  14. Prowl_Delta_31

    Prowl_Delta_31 Eating your donuts

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    I'm gonna say this might be one Marvel superhero that stays dead. I really hope not but I think I am right.
     
  15. geerave

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    they will bring him back next summer for the big event with the skrulls.

    p.s. why is this not in the comics section?
     
  16. LigerPrime

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    No way man...mark my words...he will be brought back to life...if its not in our lifetime, it will be in our children's! XD

    And yeah, this should be in the comics section for more exposure....how about a mod helping us out here?
     
  17. cybertron2006

    cybertron2006 Fly By Clockwork Pictures

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    Maybe this should go into the 2005 Comics forum...

    in other words...

    In before move.
     
  18. Sideswipe83

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    I think they might bring Captain America back, not Steve Rogers though
     
  19. Blunticon

    Blunticon The Oddjob

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    Intersting story none the less.
     
  20. TheIncredibleHulk

    TheIncredibleHulk Find Gary Busey!

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    He'll be back.

    Hell, if DC can bring back Jason Todd......:throw 
     

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