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Subj: Re: Sunfire? Spiral? Forge? Did anybody ever think....
Posted: Sat Dec 29, 2012 at 03:50:30 am EST (Viewed 135 times)
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Posted: Fri Dec 28, 2012 at 08:27:17 am EST (Viewed 164 times)


      Sunfire actually has been around since 1970 (the year of his first and only appearance as a villain).

    Unless you count all of those other times he was a villain.

    After his first appearance, there was a minor antagonist appearance in Avengers #117 (1973), when he claimed a fragment of the Evil Eye for Japan. Not really villainous, but close.

    Then there was Sub-Mariner #52-54 (1972), when he joined with Dragon-Lord to restore Japan to its militaristic roots. They destroyed many US-flagged ships (wonder how many people died during that) before Namor changed his mind with the environmental argument. Doesn't excuse what amounts to terrorism.

    Now, honestly, I find it hard to fit all of that WWII-era Japanese jingoism into the modern age. It's now been generations that Japan has had very good relations with the US and been a delightful part of the world. I'd just assume none of that happened... but it did.

    It was in Iron Man #68-70 (1974) that he started acting heroic, and he remained this way for decades.

    But then there were his more recent appearances, when he adopted the philosophy that you should destroy everything you love and became a Marauder. So, when is he going to destroy his precious Japan, eh? Sure, that was after being mind-controlled by Apocalypse, but... yeah, after.

I stand corrected. Thanks for the synopsis.

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