One rite of passage for presidents is a comic-book appearance. These appearances tell us something about how their times, and history, have viewed these U.S. leaders.
There are many examples of this, but here are just a few.
Abraham Lincoln, as a redwood of our history, is portrayed in a simple but saintly way.
Theodore Roosevelt, who, like Lincoln, was dead by the time this came out, is shown as a 1930s-era action-adventure hero.
His cousin Franklin Roosevelt is retconned as the secret founder of the Justice Society of America! (Plus the All-Star Squadron, to boot!) In other words, he’s effected great change, frequently from behind the scenes.
Lyndon Johnson is a straightforward executive who restored calm and stability after the Kennedy assassination.
(But shortly thereafter (and prior to discontent about the Vietnam War), he becomes a crusader for social justice.)
And here’s Barack Obama, against a blue sky, radiating hope.
And now, just one month into his presidency, Donald Trump has made his entry into comic books. Unfortunately, it’s as the voice of the Red Skull. Who is the Red Skull? A supervillain known as a Nazi leftover, archenemy of Captain America, and the antithesis of American democracy.
These, below, are Trump’s exact words, but now assigned by Twitter account “President Supervillain” to an ages-old image of the Red Skull as he battles Captain America.
Captain America, it should be remembered, was created by two Jews.
Make of all this what you will. I know what I make of it.
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