#i bet dum dum took this picture#dum dum always had a camera of sorts on him#he liked to tinker with it#and he liked to make memories last#when you’re six feet under all that matters is the memories you leave behind#the smithsonian’s exhibit is 76% courtesy of timothy dugan’s estate#although there are other pictures that the commandos burned#after ve day#a funeral pyre if you wish#without bodies to bury#they each had turns to keep the folded flags#both cap’s and sarge’s#and they burned those pictures#those memories didn’t belong to history#they belonged to the two of them alone#the boys knew that#and respected that#god [via ink-phoenix]
#pleaseeee#don’t do this to me#dum dum always taking pictures of the simplest things#of the coffee they’re all having in the bitter cold before the suns even out#of the way their two cos bodies always lean towards each other#of a the places they visited on leave#the bars and brothels and peaceful valleys#to look at dumdum’s photos you would’ve never known they were in a middle of a war#other than the uniforms and ever present guns#because thy were already immersed in it why make their art about it as well?#dum dum notices Steve always sketching in the mornings when they have the most downtime#always an abandoned farm they’d seen earlier or a the silhouettes and profiles of their team#and they get into a good natured argument about which is better; drawing or photography#dum dum finds this photo later#after he’s gone home to his family#sees it as the last moments the group were ever truly together#he locks it away in a box with all the rest and hands it to his wife#tells her to keep it safe and to never let him see it again#years and years later#after dum dum and his immediate family are long gone#his granddaughter donates his war effects to the smithsonian exhibit#theres a whole section dedicated to the photos dum dum took#and Steve sees it and smiles in that sad way of his because#dum dum finally got his work into a gallery#the howling commandos#dum dum Dugan#captain america: the first avenger#marvel#marvel films (via bibucks)
Art Of War - We The Kings || Goodbye Brother - Ramin Djawadi || Miss Missing You - Fall Out Boy || Oh Death - Noah Gundersen || War - Poets of the Fall || Say Something - A Great Big World ft Christina Aguilera || O-o-h Child - The Five Stairsteps || Iron - Woodkid || Runaway - Yeah Yeah Yeahs || Old Souls - Hans Zimmer || I’ll Hold My Breath - Ellie Goulding || The Great Die Off - Rise Against || Cosmic Love - Florence & The Machine || Hey Brother - Avicii || War Was In Color - Carbon Leaf
First I know nothing about Marvel comics: all my context I got from the films Thor (delightful) and Avengers Assemble (remember very little except it had good jokes and the final action scene was too long), and reading The Amazing Adventures of Kavalier and Clay.
I went to see Captain America: The Winter Soldier last night because of this which I saw a few people reblog:
(okay and also all the gifsets of Sebastian Stan crying. I WAS MIS-SOLD ON THIS FOR THE RECORD, THERE IS LITTLE TO NO CRYING AND ALSO HIS HAIR IS AWFUL.)
If Kavalier and Clay taught me anything it’s
threesomes are the best solutions to love trianglesJewish-American cartoonists in the 1930s and early ’40s were all over inventing subversively American heroes to fight Hitler, and I was very unsurprised when I got home and looked it up to learn that Captain America was created by two Jewish guys too. (I know this is really basic comics history stuff and I’m sure fifty people have written dissertations on “He’s A Mensch: The Jewish Identities of Captain America and Superman” or whatever.) What really slotted everything into place was realising that Captain America was created and entered on a cover punching Hitler in the face before America had entered the war.
Basically (right?) Captain America was created by two Jewish-Americans to shame the US into properly fighting Hitler.
Like, I am Captain America, the America you say you want to be, and I challenge you to put your money where your mouth is and actually do something about it. And yes he’s over-the-top and tacky but that’s where the challenge is, right? The chest-thumping American patriotism says “We are good and spread liberty! And also freedom!” and Captain America is like “great! I am that, and I have to point out you are not actually doing that”.
AND I think this is Jewishly on purpose, and here’s why:
Judaism has this important phrase/concept/slogan/life motto from the third-century-ish text Pirkei Avot, which goes: Lo alecha hamlacha ligmor (it’s not to you to complete the work of repairing the world) v’lo atah ben chorin l’hivatel mimena (but neither may you desist from it). You won’t be able to fix the world by yourself, or in your lifetime, but that doesn’t absolve you of responsibility to work towards it.
I feel like grimdark/anti-heroes are a response to the fact that the world is neither good nor moral, like “well if the world isn’t like that, I won’t be either”. But they’re also excuses for not working towards fixing the world: I won’t bother because it’s all fucked anyway. Lo alecha and Captain America say, yes, it is fucked, but you still have to work towards fixing it. And yes, it’s hard, that’s why it’s called work.
Which is why I think saying “Oh, if Captain America represents the US he should be a dick, because the US is a dick” or “Captain America is an imperialist symbol of US superiority and is therefore bad” are both off base and a dodge of having to do that hard work.
"If Cap = America then Cap = dick because America = dick" is basically just throwing hands up and going "right but guys have you noticed that actually America is imperialist and horrible? DO YOU SEE?!” and implying “so what can you do about that, right?”. Captain America says, “Try to make it better! is what you can do!”
And about saying he’s a symbol of US imperial superiority, I mean, he is a symbol of America but aimed as a criticism at real America. He’s the American ideal cranked up to five million - for the purpose of shaming America for not living up to what it says it wants to be. And he is aimed at Americans, so I can see a criticism for him being US-centric in that metanarrative sense, but he’s yelling at America to sort their shit out and I think him yelling at non-USAmericans to sort their shit out would be much worse? But I definitely don’t think Cap is supposed to be about how great America is, he’s about pointing out exactly in what ways and how much America is failing to be great. And then saying “but, that doesn’t mean you get out of trying harder!”
Also, how great is it that his ‘weapon’ is a shield.
so um that’s what I thought about when I saw The Winter Solder last night. that and biceps.
This is amazing on so many levels and also makes me want to have a special fandom-centric Shvi’i shel Pesach/seventh night of Passover virtual seder table on Tumblr to talk about the intersections of Judaism and popular culture with food and media crit and discussions of the diaspora. ALSO everyone should read The Amazing Adventures of Kavalier & Clay.
THIS THIS THIS THIS THIS
The extra special bonus (about the elevator scene )from the Japanese blu-ray of Captain America: the Winter Soldier
Take off your shirt, your tie and your hat.
Who’s strong and brave here to save the American Way?
Who vows to fight like a man for what’s right, night and day?
Who will campaign door to door for America?
Carry the flag shore to shore for America?
From Hoboken to Spokane?
The Star Spangled Man with a plan!
We can’t ignore there’s a threat and a war we must win!
Who’ll hang a noose on the goose-stepping goons from Berlin?
Who will indeed lead the call for America?
Who’ll rise or fall, give his all, for America?
Who’s here to prove that we can?
The Star Spangled Man with a plan!
Stalwart and steady and true!
(See how this guy can shoot! We tell you, there’s no substitute!)
Forceful and ready to defend the red, white, and blue!
(The red, white and blue!)
Who’ll give the Axis the sack and is smart as a fox?
(Sure as an Eagle will soar!)
Who’s makin’ Adolf afraid to step out of his bunks?
(He’s knows what we’re fighting for!)
Who’ll whip the giant attacking America?
We know it’s no one but Captain America!
Who’ll finish what they began?
Who’ll kick the Krauts to Japan?
The Star Spangled Man with a Plan!
(Who’s strong and brave here to save the American way?)
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