Two Americas (comics)
Cover for Captain America #602.
Art by Gerald Parel.
|Publication date||March – June 2010|
|Title(s)||Captain America #602–605|
|Main character(s)||Captain America
|Colorist(s)||Dean V. White|
Captain America ("Bucky" Barnes) and the Falcon investigate intelligence reports from S.H.I.E.L.D. about an anti-government organization led by William Burnside, the Captain America of the 1950s. Burnside is revealed to be the new leader of the far right terrorist group 'Watchdogs'. The original Captain America expresses his reluctance to operate alongside his colleague, and he decides to pass on the mantle while psychologically reflecting on the recent American civil war.
Captain America #602 drew controversy upon publication for the similarity between the protesters depicted in the comic and the Tea Party movement. Particularly drawing scorn was a panel of a protester holding sign that read "Tea Bag the Libs Before They Tea Bag You!" Also drawing controversy were remarks made by the Falcon implying that the crowd is racist.
The story has been collected into an individual volume:
- Captain America: Two Americas (collects Captain America #602-605 and Who Will Wield The Shield? one-shot, 128 pages, August 2010, ISBN 0-7851-4510-9)
- Picket, Kerry (February 10, 2010). "Marvel admits to 'mistake' in controversial Captain America comic". Watercooler. The Washington Times.
- Itzkoff, Dave (February 10, 2010). "Stars and Gripes: Tea Party Protests Captain America Comic". Arts Beat. The New York Times.
- Quesada, Joe (February 10, 2010). "Political Controversy & The Heroic Age". Cup O' Joe. Comic Book Resources.
- Two Americas at the Comic Book DB