A normal human being might think being a wildly successful writer would make a person pretty darn happy, right?
Unfortunately for long-time comic book scribe Mark Waid, he’s neither normal nor happy.
Waid has a long history of anger management issues (too many to list and/or link to; just search BF’s archives as well as those of my old blog, Douglas Ernst, and Avi Green) and sadly some (most?) of that has been unleashed at potential buyers of his product. (I know, I know, what dolt would do that??)
@juddemerson Seriously, fuck off. Please never read my comics again. I don’t need money from someone who attacks me out of nowhere.
— Mark Waid (@MarkWaid) March 12, 2014
Mark’s latest kerfuffle comes via The New York Times and The Hollywood Reporter; according to them, Waid’s original essay for the anniversary Marvel Comics #1000 was very typical of the writer: progressive “America sucks” pablum:
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.
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.”
But it seems this was a bit too much even for the far-left Marvel Comics division. Allegedly, they made Waid change the script:
“Captain America isn’t a man. It’s an idea. It’s a commitment to fight every day for justice, for acceptance and equality, for the rights of everyone in this nation.” The hero says that those qualities — “not hatred, not bigotry, not exclusion” — are the values of true patriotism.
Unsurprisingly, Waid told the Times he wasn’t happy “at how his original text was being presented.”
“I’m disappointed that the cherry-picked quotes circulated by the media severely mischaracterize what was actually written,” he said. While the essay was critical, he added, “As written, Cap is supportive of America as a whole.”
It’s unclear whether that last statement means Waid’s essay or how Cap is written in the comics. If the latter, that’s largely true (although the last decade or so is questionable), especially Frank Miller and David Mazzucchelli’s classic panel:
Given Waid’s well-known TDS — Trump Derangement Syndrome — it’s pretty easy to guess exactly what his original text meant. His claim that the American Dream is a “myth” contradicts the panel above, let alone most of Cap lore. Waid’s preferred essay sounds more like a far-left college “studies” professor’s classroom rant, or that of one of the innumerable Democratic presidential candidates.
Waid is angry, all right, he’s angry that angry voters elected a non-politician to (hopefully) alter the way Washington does business — which directly contradicts his original #1000 message. But this is what TDS does to people: It turns them into blithering idiots who lose all sense of perspective.
If Waid wants to see real “taking it to the streets,” wait until the establishment and its media allies attempt to pull another soft coup in 2020 or beyond … not to mention if the Democrats win next year and actually try to follow through with some of their more extremist policies like severe restrictions on gun ownership via unilateral fiat.