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Sunday, March 27, 2011

Superhero Sunday: Sir, Yes, Sir!

Growing up, my favorite Marvel comic book superhero was - like most people - Spider-Man, but, whether you were a Spidey-fan or an X-Men junkie, there was one presence that was always felt in the Marvel Universe: Captain America. Even if you didn't read the Captain America or Avengers comic books regularly, Cap had a way of showing up in other comic books, and, when he did, the tone changed slightly. While I can remember feeling that Superman was sometimes over-the-top and corny with his "goodness" there was always something much more serious or respectful about Captain America's wholesome approach to heroism. Other characters felt compelled to call him "sir," and, if they didn't, something just felt wrong.
Maybe it had something to do with the fact that he had fought the Nazis. Maybe it was because he would run toward an invading alien armada carrying nothing more than a shield, and you suddenly felt sorry for the aliens. Sure, he had the enhanced strength afforded him by the super-soldier serum, but it never felt like that process so much made a hero as . . . unleashed one.
The Captain has made it into the live-action realm a couple of times which I "highlighted" in this earlier blog entry, but, until the recently released full trailer for Captain America: The First Avenger, it hasn't felt like the hero has really received his due.
I'm not completely sold yet, but I'm getting very, very close.

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