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Reverend Meteor

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D. Strange

Subj: Re: So has a comic ever explored how Steve felt about the bombings of Hiroshima and Nagasaki?
Posted: Fri Apr 14, 2017 at 12:41:33 pm EDT (Viewed 405 times)
Reply Subj: Re: So has a comic ever explored how Steve felt about the bombings of Hiroshima and Nagasaki?
Posted: Thu Apr 13, 2017 at 10:22:29 pm EDT (Viewed 25 times)

    During Leifeld's run, that was given as the new reason that he had been out of commission. He disagreed with the decision, which lead to the whole false life thing.

    Robinson's All-New All-Different Invaders run dealt with a mission that echoed certain view on the A-bombs.

    By in large however, I think Marvel wishes to stay clear how, even 72 years later it is a complicated and controversial action.

    Made even more complicated by two things. 1) The US warned the Japanese government both times as well as dropped warning flyers before hand each time and 2)Captain America would have theoretically known American soldiers whose lives were saved by the bombs being dropped.

    While that could lead to a great and complex story... it could also lead to angry letters and dropping the book. On both sides.

    It actually seems like Marvel (as well as DC) tend to avoid talking about the Pacific Theater at all. The Japanese atrocities go unmentioned much of the time. Probably for similar reasons.

    Personally, I believe the atomic bomb drop was perfectly justified, especially given the country's then recent forced joining of militias by civilians and the planned germ warfare. And of course the Japanese governments growing disregard for its citizenry, which led to such drafting. That is with out going into the type of treatment the Japanese did to enemies and occupied people. And of course the comfort women. That war more than any other was Hell on Earth, and it needed to be ended.

I read an interesting article a while back about the Shinkolobwe uranium mine in the Belgian Congo (not yet free from Belgium) which produced the richest amount of Uranium in the world back during WW2. The Belgians sold and shipped the ore to the United States who used it in the Manhattan Project. I kind of wondered how many Congolese had to die mining that ore so we could even have enough uranium to make the bombs to use against Japan.

The whole thing is just one big moral quagmire I guess.

    However, I can certainly understand the opposite opinion. It was almost inconceivable horror unleashed with the pushing of two buttons. That should not be taken lightly, nor scoffed at.

    I guess I agree with that stance by Marvel. Captain America was supposed to have seen that horror up close. He is also supposed to be the physical embodiment of everything good about our country. This topic should not be scribbled off in platitudes or simple point making. It is better to have it go unwritten than be written by a person who wouldn't take that care.

    Personally, I have always wanted a story from Cap's early days in the Avengers in Germany or Japan, where he has trouble he has to overcome' operating in a country he considered an enemy just months ago, but in a world that has moved on. Good character stuff.

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