All’s Fair in Love and Police Actions
Alternate Reality 1970s Pro-Vietnam War Super Hero Satire Cartoon
“That was f–kin’ tops, Alex!” – Brian K Vaughan
“Amazingly funny and well-executed.” – Cory Doctorow / Boing Boing
What if an icon like Marvel’s Captain America was to the U.S. government what Mickey Mouse has been to Disney? Here’s what a taxpayer-funded Steamboat Willy might’ve looked like during the Vietnam War in 1971.
An “offensive and brilliant” South Park-ish animation and IFILM Clip of the Day by Lex Wilson (writer, director/animator, all voices), 2005. Lots of inside jokes concerning superheroes, and it was created for a Wizard Magazine Direct-to-Video contest, which is why I’m dual-categorizing it as a screenwriting and comics project.
Pan-and-Scan version might still be available at iFilm. But here’s the full version regardless:
Contains irony, racially insensitive POVs, and outdated references to comic books, all of which might be more appropriate for adults.
Outdated references to comics include Captain America then famously yelling to a bad guy: “Surrender? SURRENDER? You think this letter on my forehead stands for France?!” in Millar and Hitch’s Ultimates.
Fun fact: Lex originally planned to give the main character a John Wayne impersonation voice, but Wayne’s slower cadence added more than a minute to the runtime, so he had to go a different route.