So, white supremacist Richard Spencer was punched in the head while speaking on camera on the streets in Washington, DC, yesterday. Nick Spencer, current writer of Captain America suggested this was a bad thing. The internet disagreed.
So we went to have a look. Captain America #275 by Joe DeMatteis and Mike Zeck from 1982. As he helps repair a trashed-by-Nazis synagogue, daubed swastikas and all.
Only for Captain America to restate his free speech ideals.
The demonstration goes ahead, but this Nazi – to be fair, there's very little "neo" about him, swastika armband and all – receives a bonk on the head from a thrown bottle.
And it all kicks off. Until Captain America throws his idealism.
It does indeed sound familiar, Bernie, Maybe you've been reading Nick Spencer's twitter account?
Anyway, Cap gets attacked from both side, very literally. And he doesn't even punch the Nazi – or the anti-Nazi, he just moves out of their way… and equates the two.
The conclusion? Condemn Nick Spencer's views all you want – but condemn him for having them when he writes Captain America? Cap has been like this for decades. And Nick Spencer seems perfectly suited to write him.
Anyway, let's ask some of the criminal fraternity what they think.
Also, I don't think I realised until now just how influenced Dale Keown was by Mike Zeck…