Retailers react to new Cap
Retailer reaction was mixed to “Captain America” No. 34, in which Captain America’s former sidekick Bucky became the new Captain America. Though retailers said the new Captain was drawing fan interest, the largest question was about the new Captain America’s use of a firearm.
“The gun, I don’t like,” said George Francis, owner of Ultimate Heroes, 1316 N Kelly Ave. in Edmond. “That’s not Captain America to me.”
Others saw the gun as a natural evolution.
“It’s not like he’ll be out shooting people just for the sake of it,” said Jerry Wall, owner of Atomic Comics, 6006 S Western. “He’ll be using it very similarly to how a police officer would.”
Marvel’s editor-in-chief Joe Quesada told the New York Daily News that he expected some controversy.
“It’s an experiment,” Quesada said. “Every day, every story, I’m ready for backlash.”
Captain America was created in 1941 by Jack Kirby and Joe Simon. It started with Steve Rogers, a scrawny teenager who volunteered for a secret experiment. The results of the experiment turned him into a super soldier, ready to fight the Axis powers of World War II.
At the war’s conclusion, Captain America went missing — he was frozen in a block of ice, until being revived by the Avengers in 1963′s “Avengers” No. 4.
Captain America was killed in March 2007′s “Captain America” No. 25 by a sniper’s bullet.
“Everybody hated to see Cap get killed,” Francis said. “That wasn’t the way they saw Cap going out.”
Jim Lane, owner of Dragonfyre Comics, 1501 N Meridian, praised the storyline of “Captain America” No. 34. Lane said the story was “relevant to today’s times.”
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