Graphic novelist Spiegelman censored for criticizing Trump

This video from the USA says about itself:

The Holocaust Through the Eyes of a Maus (Art Spiegelman)

What can a comic book artist tell us about the Holocaust? Upon Reflection host Marcia Alvar speaks with Art Spiegelman, Pulitzer Prize-winning creator of the graphic novels “Maus: A Survivor’s Tale” and “Maus II.” In this 1991 video from the University of Washington, Spiegelman ruminates about his own parents’ survival in the Holocaust and how he developed a better sense of their generation through story depiction. The tiny pictures of Maus use anthropomorphic characters to relate the war between German and Jew or “cat and mouse”.

From the Hollywood Reporter weekly in the USA:

Art Spiegelman Says Marvel Refused His Essay Unless Trump “Orange Skull” Comment Removed

August 19, 2019 6:48am, by Ryan Parker

Marvel is part of the Walt Disney corporation.

Billionaire and Marvel Entertainment chairman Ike Perlmutter is a known supporter of the president.

Art Spiegelman says Marvel Comics refused to publish an introduction to a forthcoming book because he took a jab at President Donald Trump.

The legendary Pulitzer Prize-winning graphic novelist told the Guardian that he was informed the publisher was trying to stay “apolitical” and that the reference to Trump needed to be removed from “Marvel: The Golden Age 1939–1949” — or the entire piece would be scrapped.

So, being ‘apolitical’ is only enforced for commoners like Art Spiegelman. Not at all for Marvel boss’ Perlmutter with his Trump support.

In the initial essay, Spiegelman wrote, “In today’s all too real world, Captain America’s most nefarious villain, the Red Skull, is alive on screen and an Orange Skull haunts America.”

The Red Skull, Captain America’s archnemesis, is a Nazi agent.

“I didn’t think of myself as especially political compared with some of my fellow travelers, but when asked to kill a relatively anodyne reference to an Orange Skull I realized that perhaps it had been irresponsible to be playful about the dire existential threat we now live with, and I withdrew my introduction,” Spiegelman told the Guardian. “International fascism again looms large…and the dislocations that have followed the global economic meltdown of 2008 helped bring us to a point where the planet itself seems likely to melt down.”

Billionaire and Marvel Entertainment chairman Ike Perlmutter is a known Trump supporter and has reportedly donated large sums to Trump’s campaigns.

The publisher may wish to be apolitical, but Marvel Entertainment is another story.

Numerous stars of Marvel films, including Captain America actor Chris Evans, have been outspoken about their dislike of and disagreements with Trump.

DISNEY-SONY STANDOFF The next “Spider-Man” film could be very far from home for fans of the Marvel Cinematic Universe because of a standoff between Disney and Sony. In a story first reported by Deadline, the two studios were unable to reach terms on a deal that would give Disney a co-financing stake in future films. [HuffPost]

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