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November 1, 2012 | 12:00 a.m. CST
BAM! BIFF! KAPOW! As in conventional literature, the truth in comic books is usually grayer than a night in Gotham City. These superhero serials have had a history of political commentary and debate since World War II. Two Columbia comic experts — Rebecca Vogler, a graduate assistant in Ellis Library’s special collections, and Andrew Kapellusch, a freelance illustrator and Mid-Missouri Comic Collective member — give their take on who our favorite cowl-clad superheroes would vote for this presidential election.
When a radioactive substance blinded Matt Murdock, his other senses were ramped up to superhero levels. But it didn’t make Daredevil any less Catholic. Because of his faith’s pro-life stance and the way the Catholic church has responded to Obama’s healthcare plan, Daredevil would check the box next to Gov. Mitt Romney’s name.
Hal Jordan, the most well-known of DC Comic’s Green Lanterns, is an ex-military guy reminiscent of Ronald Reagan. Speaking of, this guy is a Reagan conservative. His ties to the defense industry have a Reagan-era “Star Wars” feel to them. With conservative tendencies, an unstoppable willpower and a pull-yourself-up-by-the-bootstraps attitude, Jordan would vote for Romney this November.
This ex-military martial artist is the classic anti-hero. After his wife and children were killed by the mob, Frank Castle was willing to bring about justice for villains by any means necessary. Fiercely independent, the pro-death penalty, pro-gun toting, ex-military Punisher is a Romney guy.