Legendary kids’ characters are mostly brilliantly coloured, simply designed and meant to educate the kids. However, now and again there are more evil thought processes behind their creation. Here’s a look at 5 such legends and their real agenda…
5. Early Buck Rogers Fought The Yellow Peril In The 25th Century
Way before accomplishing prime goofiness in his 1970s TV show, Buck Rogers was just a chronologically misguided hero saving Future America from repulsive Chinamen.
Philip Francis Nowlan, the maker, required a decent villain, so he utilized the developing hostility to anti-Asian feeling for Armageddon 2419 A.D. His advanced Chinese baddies called Mongols and Hans, were brutal caricatures led by a space warlord. This warlord was responsible for destroying the United States.
Buck attempted to wrest control of the previous U.S. from the grip of this evil race, wanting to wipe out the whole “Mongolian Blight.”
Antagonistic to immigration, the supremacist plotlines of the novellas existed for a considerable length of time, until Flash Gordon tagged along and compelled the writers to think of some unique material. As the decades passed, future adaptations presented a diverse cast of characters to give 25th-Century America a more reasonable racial make-up. Furthermore, by “diverse,” we mean one black person and a dumb robot.
4. Early Thor Mostly Used The Power Of The Gods To Fight Communism
You know Thor today as the world’s most loved hammer using maniac. He generally battles aliens or Vikings or Viking aliens. In any case, Thor’s early adventures were mostly about bashing filthy communists. While Thor’s first appearance made them battle off an alien danger, his second saw him making a beeline for the South American country of San Diablo. Here, the evil Comrade Executioner (real name: Santiago Chavez Rivera) had been annihilating U.S. humanitarian shipments and killing dissenters. Subsequent to defeating Comrade Executioner’s army and seeing him executed by his fellow communists, Thor proceeded to his next adventures which were a slap battle with Loki and a fast visit into the future. Later on, he was right back to clubbing the Red Scare when he invaded Soviet Russia to protect a group of detained American scientists and send those grimy Soviets to hell. Thereafter, he went up against a commie spy hoping to prompt disarray among American production workers, before clashing with the Communist Party of China and a Chairman Mao lookalike. That story closes with Thor getting hold of Radio-Active Man in a tornado and dropping him on China like a nuclear bomb.
Thor’s capitalist swan tune came in 1965, when, confined Rambo-style by the Viet Cong while protecting labourers from Charlie, Thor disgraced his captor into committing suicide. After that, he basically put a halt to commie-bashing.