In this era of corporate comics, it sometimes feels as if the characters we grew up with are nothing more than pitiful livestock on various intellectual property farms, confined in stalls and force fed GMO-enhanced food and antibiotics until it's time to slap them on lunch boxes, underwear, bed sheets, and drinking glasses or make a film or animated program about them which will be watched and enjoyed by people who have no desire to read a comic book. That's why this particular Elf found the following Tweet so poignant when it was re-Tweeted this morning.
It is important to pause and remember that comic book superheroes (and heroines), like the myths and legends of old, can still inspire hope and courage. Their examples and their mythology can transcend both the medium and the genre, and offer solace, comfort, pride, and more. Yes, they may be written shoddily at times, and yes, their stewards may seem more interested in gimmick covers and a vapid, endless tedium of events and crossovers, but the core stories of these characters -- their heart -- still inspires and still challenges us.
And that's worth it no matter what the exorbitant cover price.
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About the Author - Elf With a Gun
Elf With a Gun appeared in several Marvel comics of the 70s and 80s, most notably harassing The Defenders and Spider-Man, before being abducted by Steve Gerber for use as a foil against Destroyer Duck. After wandering the wastelands of Forgotten Comic Character Limbo, he hitched a ride on the ThanosCopter and now resides at the Outhouse, bringing his snark, elf hat, pointy shoes, and very big gun to a new generation of comic readers. His Give-A-Fuck quotient is stuck at zero.
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