The son of a Marvel Comics legend speaks after one of his father’s most famous characters was appropriated during the January 6 uprising at the US Capitol in Washington DC. , including his signature American flag inspired shield, which his creators, Joe Simon and Jack Kirby, gave him. (Simon and Kirby died in 2011 and 1994, respectively).
In a statement released to CNN anchor Jake Tapper – and retweeted by the outspoken actor Chris Evans, who plays Captain America in the Marvel Cinematic Universe – Kirby’s son, Neal, strongly condemned the rebels’ use of Captain America-inspired images and noted the character’s world War II The era stems from a super-soldier against fascism. “He was created by two Jewish guys from New York who hated Nazis and hated bullies,” Kirby said in a statement. “Captain American stood up for the underdog and … always stood up for what is fair and never backed up.”
Kirby went on to say he was “horrified and buried” to see Captain America symbols on T-shirts and flags during the Capitol uprising. “These images are outrageous and shameful. Captain America is the absolute opposite of Donald Trump …. If Donald Trump had the qualities and character of Captain America, the White House would be a shining symbol of truth and integrity, not a tempting outpouring of lies and hypocrisy. ”
Neal Kirby, son of Captain America co-creator Jack Kirby, was unhappy to see some of the terrorists / riots on January 6 wearing shirts with versions of his father’s creation destroyed by the image of the outgoing president. His message to them: pic.twitter.com/RTH9UNs491
– Jake Tapper (@jaketapper) January 14, 2021
Kirby’s statement arrives as Marvel Comics faces renewed calls to pull the skull symbol in connection with the Punisher used by the rebels on January 6, as well as members of law enforcement during Black Lives Matter protests last summer. Actor Jon Bernthal, who played the anti-hero Frank Castle on Netflix Punisher series, made his disgust known and wrote on Twitter: “These people are misled and lost. They have nothing to do with what Frank stands for or is about. ”
To date, Marvel Comics has not provided an official commentary on the Punisher controversy. Interestingly, the topic was addressed in a 2019 issue of Punisher cartoon, which featured a scene in which Castle confronts a group of New York officers who claim to be on the same page. After pointing out to them, “We are not the same,” the Punisher goes on to suggest a hero whose example they should follow instead. Do you boys need a role model? His name is Captain America and he would be happy to have you. ”
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