catallaxy files

catallaxy in technical exile

Which superhero will you vote for?

with 18 comments

Here is a blog post that combines two of my interests – superhero comic books and politics. It was written by an American comic book fan, David Campbell during the US mid-term election day. He does a pretty astute take on the likely political beliefs of superheroes from the two main comic book companies, Marvel and DC. He also finds that DC tends to be more Republican and Marvel is more Democratic, which sounds about right.

His takes for DC:
1) Superman – Moderate Republican
2) Wonder Woman – Socialist: ‘Wonder Woman was raised in an all-female society, a monarchist utopia with strong socialist overtones and plenty of hot girl-on-girl action. Wonder Woman came to “Patriarch’s World” with a clear liberal agenda but a willingness to crack skulls if need be. She’s heavily into social justice, environmental issues, and sisterhood’
3) Green Arrow – Total f***ing Communist
4) Green Lantern – Republican
5) Batman – Independent: ‘Batman is a true independent, a man of solid principles and baffling contradictions. This may be because he is mentally ill. Batman has an almost paranoid distrust of government institutions, yet believes in the rule of law. He’s an urban vigilante, yet he’s a proponent of gun control.’

On the Marvel side
1) Spiderman – Democrat
2) Daredevil – Far left Democrat: ‘Rich, highly-educated skirt-chasing Manhattan defense attorney. Total liberal. Enjoy that Streisand concert, Daredevil’.
3) Iron Man – Neocon Republican: ‘He’s a billionaire industrialist and weapons manufacturer with an Ivy League education and a drinking problem. He’s a staunch anti-communist and served as Secretary of Defense … In Marvel’s Civil War storyline, Iron Man has drawn a line in the proverbial sand. He wants all superhumans to register with the government, and if you’re not with him, you’re against him. And if you’re against him, look out. He’ll classify you as an enemy combatant and throw your ass into his Negative Zone prison, where U.S. courts have no jurisdiction’
4) The Hulk – Libertarian: ‘Hulk just want to be left alone.’
5) Captain America – Truman Democrat

Written by Admin

November 26, 2006 at 10:37 pm

Posted in Uncategorized

18 Responses

Subscribe to comments with RSS.

  1. Only one a disagree with.
    Hulk ain’t a libertarian. The guy is a friggin crazy. He only gets in charactor when is pissed off. He’s like a street crazy when even someone lighting a cigarette will set him off. The kid’s a looney and needs help.


    November 26, 2006 at 10:55 pm

  2. They’re all sissies compared to the great man.


    November 27, 2006 at 12:09 am

  3. Wasn’t the Green Arrow a rich playboy?

    His girlfriend the Black Canary was a bit of alright. I think i’d be voting for Dream Girl of the Legion of SuperHeros, or Judge Anderson.

    Sinclair Davidson

    November 27, 2006 at 6:58 am

  4. Yair, where does the Phantom fit in all this?


    November 27, 2006 at 8:32 am

  5. Sinclair
    Green Arrow is your classic rich Communist. He is usually depicted going on about corporations and the military industrial complex. He abandoned his business after he found out what it produced was being used by the military.

    In 1969, artist Neal Adams decided to update the character’s visual appearance by giving him a goatee beard and costume of his own design. Inspired by Adams’ redesign, writer Dennis O’Neil followed up on Green Arrow’s new appearance by completely remaking the character’s attitude in the pages of Justice League of America #79 (cover-dated November 1969), giving his personality a rougher edge like that of Marvel Comics’ archery-themed hero Hawkeye. This revision was explained by having Oliver Queen lose his fortune and become an outspoken and strident advocate of the underprivileged in society and the political left wing. For instance, he once saved a child’s dog playing in a railyard, but instead of feeling satisfaction, he brooded on the larger problem of how the child had nowhere in the city to play safely.

    Green Lantern vol. 2, #76, April 1970. Art by Neal Adams.In short, he became a kind of superheroic hybrid between Robin Hood and Abbie Hoffman. In addition, the Green Arrow began a long running romantic relationship with Black Canary (Dinah Laurel Lance). As a member of the Justice League, he became an argumentative figure who often acted as the team’s political conscience.

    In the early 1970s, he became a co-feature with Green Lantern (aka Hal Jordan) in the latter’s series in an acclaimed, but short-lived series of stories by O’Neil and Adams that dealt with various social and political issues in which Green Arrow spoke for the left-wing while Green Lantern was an establishment liberal figure, half-heartedly serving existing institutions of government and law. Where Oliver Queen advocated direct action, Hal Jordan wanted to work within the system; where Queen advocated social change, Jordan was more concerned about dealing with criminals. Each would find their beliefs challenged by the other. Queen convinced Jordan to see beyond his strict obedience to the Green Lantern Corps, to help those who were neglected or discriminated against. The duo embarked on a quest to find America, witnessing the corruption, racism, pollution, and overpopulation confronting the nation. Writer Denny O’Neil even took on current events, such as the Manson Family cult murders, in issues #78-79 (“A Kind of Loving”) where Black Canary falls briefly under the spell of a false prophet who advocates violence.

    Jason Soon

    November 27, 2006 at 8:41 am

  6. The Phantom” does not fit in with this. “The Ghost who Walks” is not a super hero. He does not need super natural powers or incredible wealth to achieve His goals. A simple and just man reling upon his deadly accurate eye, 2 x .colt 45s and a right hook. With Hero, Devil and the Bandar. at his side he is invincible. He is also real.


    November 27, 2006 at 8:53 am

  7. I don’t know about super heroes, but I’m convinced about Super Mario.


    November 27, 2006 at 9:14 am

  8. Green Lantern was the intellectual progenitor of the Bush-Rumsfeld Doctrine in military affairs.

    The ray emitted from his ring (oh, stop it) could take any form Green Lantern willed and was supremely powerful. At his best, he was the decider and what he decided went. However, GL himself was vulnerable to being knocked over the head and taken advantage of while unconscious. This makes him the perfect metaphor for the curious vulnerablility in the early twentyfirst century of the mightiest military power the world has ever known.

    Andrew Elder

    November 27, 2006 at 9:19 am

  9. I only knew the Green Arrow from the JLA – but didn’t like the character. Batman and Legion of SuperHeroes were my DC favorites.

    Sinclair Davidson

    November 27, 2006 at 10:38 am

  10. Batman has been expelled from the JLA at least once. Once for keeping secret files of weaknesses of his team mates in case they went postal , which ended up being used against them by a villain.

    And then a second time he set up a super human satellite surveillance system, again with the aim of insurance in case his team mates went postal. Again it ended up being used against them by a villain.

    Absolutely great character. Gotta love the paranoia and arrogance.

    Jason Soon

    November 27, 2006 at 12:44 pm

  11. .50cal,
    On that basis, Batman also falls out, as he is no “super” hero, just an ordinary man with great fitness, athleticism and a good line in gadgets.
    I think the Phantom would sit somewhere in the paternalist area, as he is normally depicted as bringing law and justice to the uncivilised – either to the “natives” of uncivilised areas or pirates and other evil-doers. Perhaps a monarchist-conservative? It is not ability that makes the next Phantom, but descent.

    Andrew Reynolds

    November 27, 2006 at 3:51 pm

  12. The Phantom is an hereditary monarch, a scion of many generations of European dynasts who exert moral authority over the governance of Bangalla, an African state in a worryingly Conradian manner..

    The current holder of the title, Phantom XIV, compounded this politically incorrect situation by marrying Diana Palmer, a UN worker no less. Not only is he a sexist, racist, colonialist, he has also extended his unelected reach by an alliance with the nation-sapping toxic brew of UN NGO culture.


    November 27, 2006 at 4:15 pm

  13. Old Jungle saying “Don’t put shit on the Ghost less yo’ wan’ yo’ ass kicked”. I suspect “The Phantom” is above politics…he is all about justice. He is not a monach in that he has no subjects. …He is a friend of the Bandar and they protect the deepest Jungle against intruders. He serves the various jungle peoples and who do they turn to in times of crisis….not the UN, not Johnny Howard, not the Jungle Patrol but the Ghost. it is true that his role is hereditary …. but it’s worked for four hundred years why muck around with it now?


    November 27, 2006 at 4:40 pm

  14. “Hulk ain’t a libertarian. The guy is a friggin crazy.”

    Errr, ummm, no comment.

    Go Wonder Woman.

    I read graphic novels, not comic books, so I really don’t know a lof of these characters. Sniff.


    November 27, 2006 at 5:20 pm

  15. A lot of these characters. Sniff.


    November 27, 2006 at 5:20 pm

  16. “Phantom is robustly hetrosexual”*

    *Old Jungle saying


    November 28, 2006 at 8:56 am

  17. “Batman robustly metrosexual….yeah we can live with that”*

    *Gotham City saying


    November 28, 2006 at 8:58 am

  18. He may not be a superhero but I think he is the ultimate libertarian. I am of course talking about none other than Shrek. If you don’t know what I am talking about then have a look at the first Shrek movie in terms of:-

    1. Property Rights – “what are you doing in my swamp”

    2. Government – “does anyone know where this Farquaad guy is?”

    3. The appropriate use of force – “Oh, I know what. Maybe I could have decapitated an entire village. And put their heads on a pike, gotten a knife, cut open their spleen and drink their fluids. Does that sound good to you?”

    And the very well ordered kingdom of Duloc where the streets are all clean but also completely vacant of any real life shows what an utter socialist that Farquaad fellow is.


    December 4, 2006 at 1:29 pm

Leave a Reply

Fill in your details below or click an icon to log in: Logo

You are commenting using your account. Log Out /  Change )

Google+ photo

You are commenting using your Google+ account. Log Out /  Change )

Twitter picture

You are commenting using your Twitter account. Log Out /  Change )

Facebook photo

You are commenting using your Facebook account. Log Out /  Change )


Connecting to %s

%d bloggers like this: