Happy Throwback Thursday! I thought we were going to be throwing back to the 1940s but, at the end of the book, the author explains that Captain America: The 1940s Newspaper Strip is not actually from the 1940s. It is the Captain America comics (from the WWII era?) reimagined as a news strip set in the 1940s. Some critics are unhappy with this deemed “deception.” I’m going to choose to enjoy this new story (it was very good) and let any trickery slide with a warning to future readers: this is not a newspaper strip from the 1940s. But it is a great story. Here are a few highlights and finding unauthorized faith points… (Spoiler Alert)
Professor Kellog was so driven to re-discover the serum that made Steve Rodgers into Captain America, that he prematurely tested the concoction on himself. In his hasty ambition, he became a monster.
Also it is not good for a person to be without knowledge, And he who hurries with his feet [acting impulsively and proceeding without caution or analyzing the consequences] sins (misses the mark). ~ Proverbs 19:2 AMP
Bucky reminds me of King David. He was only a kid who tended sheep, but he brought down a giant that had the entire Israelite army (including his older brothers) trembling in their sandals.
But God chose the foolish things of the world to shame the wise; God chose the weak things of the world to shame the strong. ~ 1 Corinthians 1:27 NIV
Cap is spouting a sound truth—we work better when we do all we can to be united and at peace. Often that requires us to each humble ourselves, set aside our individual desires, and come together to find the best way forward (realizing it might not be our way). Granted, without setting aside our moral compass or giving in to wicked schemes. Making every effort to be united does not mean compromising truth for lies or right for easy.
Make every effort to keep the unity of the Spirit through the bond of peace. ~ Ephesians 4:3 NIV
Taking someone’s life by force is not akin to them giving their life willingly. One is murder, the other is love.
No one has greater love [nor stronger commitment]than to lay down his own life for his friends. ~ John 15:13 AMP
I love Bucky’s quote here, which backs up the theme of murder v. love we discussed above: The only blood anyone’s got a right to spill in the name of their country is the enemy’s or their own!
Ha! When I read/saw this clip, my first thought was Star Wars Episode III. In the end, Obi-Wan tells Anakin it is over. He has the higher ground. But Anakin is so filled with hate he can’t see the truth, so he tries to attack Obi-Wan and ends up turning himself into a monster.
The higher ground wins in the end. Take the high road.
For the Lord watches over the way of the righteous, but the way of the wicked leads to destruction. ~ Psalms 1:6 NIV
Cap makes a reference to Genesis here…
And God said, “Let there be light,” and there was light. ~ Genesis 1:3 NIV
Another reference to the murder v love theme. Betsy Ross is losing her life, and she refuses to take Caps just to save herself. That’s love.
And this is love too. Knowing she did wrong and caused the events that led to Betsy’s fading life, Vinegar gives her life to save Betsy. That is love. To give your life to save your enemy; humbly admitting you were wrong and deciding to sacrifice all to make things right again. Vinegar has a redemption moment we love in our super-misguided-heroes, Snape and Darth Vader, to name two of my favs.
Both Cap and Dr. Smythe display true humility. Though they have a difference in opinion as to how the war is won against the evil Nazi’s, they both agree that they hope one or the other is right so that evil can be vanquished and many lives can be spared.
Do nothing from selfishness or empty conceit, but with humility of mind regard one another as more important than yourselves; do not merely look out for your own personal interests, but also for the interests of others. ~ Philippians 2:3-4 NIV
All the above images are from Captain America: The 1940s Newspaper Strip which can be purchased HERE. It’s a great read!
Happy fandoming! 🙂