So, a woman in our neighborhood recently became the legal guardian of her six-year-old grandson. Unfortunately, she doesn’t have much money. Christmas was looking bleak.
In response, folks in our neighborhood are pitching in with some wrapped gifts for the little guy for Christmas. I took this as an opportunity to put the young man on the right path and set out to get him some super heroic stocking stuffers.
When I was a kid my heroes were Spider-Man and Captain America.
Due to the Spider-Man and Avengers movies, Target was full of action figures and toys of both characters. Unfortunately, every Captain America figure I found also came with…a gun. (Insert sad horn noise here)
Listen…when I was a kid I played with G.I. Joes that carried machine guns and bazookas. And even though they shot laser beams in the cartoons…they were guns.
Hell, I had toy guns that made real gun noises.
I also realize that the recent movie depiction of Cap with a gun is more realistic than the Mark Gruenwald “Cap never uses a gun – and he didn’t even use one in WWII!” version of the character with which I grew up.
Ed Brubaker, my favorite Captain America writer, had Cap and sidekick Bucky use guns not just during WWII but in the modern era.
I get all that.
But after the events of the last week…I just couldn’t give this six-year-old kid a Red, White and Blue super hero who was packing a gun. I couldn’t.
Luckily, the fine fellows at Acme Comics had my back.
There I was able to find this Marvel MiniMates version of Cap which comes with a shield, but no gun.
I’m sure there are versions of Cap available in large chain stores that don’t have guns…just couldn’t find any tonight. Which bothered me more than it would have two weeks ago.
Here’s some of the other loot I picked up for the future Marvel maniac: