Just a few weeks after Marvel Comics pulled Art Spiegelman’s essay from the introduction to Marvel: The Golden Age 1939–1949 due to its criticism of Donald Trump, the publisher has pulled Mark Waid’s essay from Marvel Comics #1000. The essay, which was accompanied by a full page image of Captain America by John Cassaday and Laura Martin, wrote about the imperfections of America’s current political system.
“The system isn’t just. We’ve treated some of our own abominably. Worse, we’ve perpetuated the myth that any American can become anything, can achieve anything, through sheer force of will. And that’s not always true. This isn’t the land of opportunity for everyone. The American ideals aren’t always shared fairly. Yet without them, we have nothing.”
The essay continued.
“America’s systems are flawed, but they’re our only mechanism with which to remedy inequality on a meaningful scale. Yes, it’s hard and bloody work. But history has shown us that we can, bit by bit, right that system when enough of us get angry. When enough of us take to the streets and force those in power to listen. When enough of us call for revolution and say, ‘Injustice will not stand.’”
The essay appeared in advanced copies of Marvel Comics #1000 sent to retailers in July to drum up orders. It has been replaced by a new essay, still by Waid, but less critical of the US.
Marvel Entertainment Chairman Ike Perlmutter is a well-known donor to Trump’s campaign and adviser to the President on VA Affairs. He recently donated the maximum amount of $360,000 to Trump’s re-election campaign.
Marvel Comics #1000 released this week.