This is a tough call because there are many stupid takes on comic books. I think the worst one, for me, is “superheroes are fascists.”
Some superheroes are fascists, of course. Captain Nazi, Iron Cross, Master Man and other WW II German villains probably do see themselves as superheroes fighting for their country. But I’m talking about the clever people who talk loudly in restaurants (as Monty Python’s Flying Circus put it) and claim all superheroes are fascists — jackbooted thugs enforcing the status quo by extralegal violence.
This is some grade-A gibberish. First, fascism is a political designation considerably more complicated than just “uses violence.” No question, Hitler’s SS beat up lots of people for challenging Nazi dominance; it doesn’t follow that everyone who uses violence, legal or extralegal, is a fascist.
Second, superheroes do a great deal more than just beating people up. They save lives: rescuing people from fires, preventing floods and volcanic eruptions. stopping school buses from going off bridges, getting people to hospital for life-saving treatment. In other venues I’d provide examples but I doubt anyone here needs ’em. They’ve saved their countries and also the world. Fascists, of course, believe they’re saving their country, but they’re wrong. Superheroes are right.
I’m guessing some of y’all have a few ideas in this vein, so let fly!
#SFWApro. Cover by Alan Lee Weiss.