Avengers Age Of Ultron: 10 Outrageous Comic Moments That Won't Be Used
4. Thor Casually Nukes China
Comic books in the Silver Age were not always known for being beacons of political correctness, what with all of the casual racism and sexism sprinkled throughout. And yet a 1963 issue of the Thor-centric Journey Into Mystery manages to stand head and shoulders above its contemporaries in terms of being in bad taste. Thats when the Norse God of Thunder creates a tornado to whisk the villain, Radio-Active Man, back to Red China, resulting in a nuclear explosion. And then the comic ends. Ho hum. A superhero just nuked another country, resulting in the likely death of thousands of innocent people. Its not like anyone in 1963 had any way of knowing about the horrors of nuclear fallout. Lets all just have a laugh about it and then pretend it didnt happen. Red China had it coming to them anyway. Meanwhile, Thor doesn't even do Iron Man any favours and kill off the Mandarin with his homemade nuke. Then again, in the Marvel Cinematic Universe, Mandarin isnt really a bad guy (and he isnt Chinese).
Mark is a professional writer living in Brooklyn and is the founder of the Chasing Amazing Blog, which documents his quest to collect every issue of Amazing Spider-Man, and the Superior Spider-Talk podcast. He also pens the "Gimmick or Good?" column at Comics Should Be Good blog.