By Jason Inman
A deeper look at comic book superhero soldiers
The military in comic books: Comic book superheroes have been influenced by the true heroes of our armed forces for decades. They frequently recreate the actions of presidents, military leaders, and soldiers. From Captain America punching Hitler in the jaw on his very first cover, to The Punisher surviving the battle of Firebase Valley Forge, there are countless instances when the military has crossed over to the pages of comic books.
Soldiers and superheroes: A veteran of Operation Iraqi Freedom, Jason Inman discovered his love of comic books during long days at the Tallil Air Base in southern Iraq. He couldn’t help but ask why so many comic books are filled with service members. Maybe it’s their loyalty to everyday citizens and the never-ending quest for justice. The men and women who lace up their books and sacrifice their lives know that battle can change a person. What kinds of soldiers were these fictional characters, and how were they changed by war?
Discover the super soldiers in Marvel comics, DC comics and beyond: Super Soldiers: How Military Life Transformed our Favorite Comic Book Heroes (and Villains) looks at the intersection between war and pop culture to understand these questions and more. Each chapter revisits one of twenty military comic book characters and the villains they fought. Inman describes superhero soldiers from DC comics and Marvel comics, including lesser-known characters lost to time.
Super Soldiers is perfect for fans of military science fiction and everyone who wants to know the stories behind their favorite comic books: You’ll love Super Soldiers if you enjoyed DC Comics Encyclopedia All-New Edition, The Secret History of Wonder Woman, The League of Regrettable Superheroes, and The Legion of Regrettable Supervillains.