|JJJ was right. Who knew?|
The following is from the comments box at Newsarama - Here - under where Graeme McMillan had kindly posted a quote from Thursday's piece here at TooBusyThinking about Spider-Man's torture of the Sandman. My apologies to the Mr Wacker of Marvel if the following is somehow from another Steve Wacker, though it does seem to be the editor of the Spider-Man line who's contributing to the predominantly one-sided debate there. (*1) If it isn't, I'll obviously make my sincere apologies and remove this. Still, those who wonder how seriously certain quarters at Marvel take the ethical content of the company's publications, and who also wonder how we can end up with so many super-heroic torturers, may find some clues in the following, should it be the genuine article;
"I remember when Spidey captured Sandman In a vacuum or dispersed his sand over the city. Clearly Marvel hates the Geneva Conventions. I’ll never understand why these exaggerated fantasy super hero comics have so much fantasy and exaggeration!"
*1:- It seems it is Wacker, since he's responded via his Twitter account. You can find them at his account & mine for the night of 2/6/12, including his belief that "These are fantasy stories to entertain. Adults just tend to overthink them to find enemies".)
Strange how ethical issues are something which representatives at Marvel are happy to shout about when it fills out the column inches and boosts the sales figures, as with the gay marriage issue of the X-Men, and yet morality becomes something which is relatively irrelevant to other employees when it comes to the likes of Captain America and Spider-Man enabling torture. I'm extremely pleased to see Marvel paying more attention to positive representations of the LGBT community, but I can't say I share this Steve Wacker's belief that stories told in the form of "exaggerated fantasy" don't have to pay attention to ethical concerns.
Everything I have to say is in the original post - here - and that includes my thoughts and feelings about folks who carelessly or deliberately peddle tales of noble, heroic torturers, whether in "exaggerated fantasy super hero comics" or not.