Is Nick Spencer Suited To Write Captain America If He Opposes Punching Nazis? We Asked Captain America In 1982


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…

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About Rich Johnston

Founder of Bleeding Cool. The longest-serving digital news reporter in the world, since 1992. Author of The Flying Friar, Holed Up, The Avengefuls, Doctor Who: Room With A Deja Vu, The Many Murders Of Miss Cranbourne, Chase Variant. Lives in South-West London, works from Blacks on Dean Street, shops at Piranha Comics. Father of two. Political cartoonist.
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