Saturday, March 16, 2013

Dove Is Early to Bed

"Dove Is Early to Bed" from The Hawk and the Dove vol.1 #5 (DC, 1969) by Gil Kane
Originally by Steve Skeates and Steve Ditko (never one to provide splash pages), by #5, Gil Kane had taken over both creators' jobs. The book only lasted one more issue. Ah well. The concept behind the book was that you had one brother representing war and the other peace, as some kind of symbol for the Vietnam War debate(?). Almost makes me think the New52 version was a missed opportunity on a number of levels (quite apart from the whole Liefeld situation). With the U.S.A. more politically polarized than ever, it would have been interesting to see a Conservative Hawk and a Liberal Dove (played to ideological extremes). The new book even took place in Washington D.C. and yet I don't think it went that way at all. Note that I don't mean to paint Republicans as warmongers and Democrats as peacemakers, but rather recommending the characters be repositioned as polar opposites in the current American (and frankly, world) political landscape.

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