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Grey Gargoyle

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Reverend Meteor

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Subj: Re: So has a comic ever explored how Steve felt about the bombings of Hiroshima and Nagasaki?
Posted: Sat Apr 15, 2017 at 07:39:16 am EDT (Viewed 21 times)
Reply Subj: So has a comic ever explored how Steve felt about the bombings of Hiroshima and Nagasaki?
Posted: Thu Apr 13, 2017 at 12:37:14 pm EDT (Viewed 243 times)



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    I'm curious what his reaction to that decision would have been.


IMO, it has never been explored because of how the Marvel Universe was created in the Silver Age : radioactivity was the main powersource used by Stan Lee to explain the powers of the superheroes and even the mutants.

Captain America himself was the result of "Vita-Rays".

Hulk/Bruce Banner is clearly a metaphor of the atomic bomb "empowering USA" while at the same time "creating a monster".
Still, nobody, neither the FF nor Hank Pym, seemed to imply that Bruce Banner & Thunderbolt Ross were wrong when they tested the first Gamma bomb. In the 1960s comics, it was part of the Cold War effort.

The Chinese Radioactive Man didn't seem to kill anyone by standing in a room among the other Masters of Evil.

I suppose that, back in the 1960s, it was a sensitive topic to say out loud that the radioactivity of an atomic bomb was still killing citizens, even 20 years later after it was dropped.

My own country, France, tested bombs in the Algerian desert without exactly knowing or caring what would be the precise consequences.
https://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Reggane_series,_French_nuclear_tests

... and, back then, the consequences of the bombings in Japan were already known.

As far as I know, I don't remember Captain America & Iron Man ever criticizing the bombings.

IMO, if one superhero would be against weapons of mass destruction and radioactive contamination, that would be Daredevil. He lost his eyes when he was a kid because of radioactivity.

Since the creation of the Hulk, Bruce Banner may also have changed his mind on the topic.

Ben Grimm might also have the same opinion.


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