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_____. ” Captain America 110–111. New York: Marvel Comics (February–March 1969). Weiner, Robert G. “Okay, Axis, Here We Come! ” The Gospel According to Superheroes: Religion and Popular Culture. Ed. B. J. Oropeza. New York: Peter Lang, 2005: 83–101. Wright, B. W. Comic Book Nation: The Transformation of Youth Culture in America. Baltimore: John Hopkins University Press, 2001. WORLD WAR II Madmen, Morons, and Monocles The Portrayal of the Nazis in Captain America JOHN E. MOSER In any genre of literature, the antagonist plays as important a role as the protagonist.
CAPTAIN AMERICA: I’m not caught, son! I’ve come to free you! ) CAPTAIN AMERICA: I owe this to him, Lieutenant ... and to you! And by all I hold dear, I swear to you that my debt will be paid! JIM: But the entire world needs you, Cap...! CAPTAIN AMERICA: It needs you too, Son! It needs ALL of us! [Lee TOS 61 10]. Captain America doesn’t return to Vietnam for ﬁve years, until the story “Captured in Vietnam,” and when he does so it is with a neutral stance (Lee CA 125). The published reader response to this story sets forth Marvel’s position very clearly (Lee CA 131, “Let’s Rap With Cap” 2).
Instead of becoming involved in the conﬂict, Captain America entered the Civil Rights arena with the African American Falcon at his side, and tackled social issues at home until the Watergate scandal brought the government back into the spotlight (Wright 245). Secret fascist groups seeking control of the American government is a theme that appears repeatedly in the Captain America saga. Wright (245) also references Englehart’s Watergatecontemporary serial in which Captain America uncovers CRAP (Committee to Regain America’s Principles), a right-wing front for a secret empire bent on appropriation of power by wresting control of the United States government from the American people.