I Pity the Poor Immigrant, by Martha Thomases

Martha Thomases

Martha Thomases brought more comics to the attention of more people than anyone else in the industry. Her work promoting The Death of Superman made an entire nation share in the tragedy of one of our most iconic American heroes. As a freelance journalist, she has been published in the Village Voice, High Times, Spy, the National Lampoon, Metropolitan Home, and more. For Marvel comics she created the series Dakota North. Martha worked as a researcher and assistant for the author Norman Mailer on several of his books, including the Pulitzer-Prize-winning Executioner's Song, On Women and Their Elegance, Ancient Evenings, and Harlot's Ghost.

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13 Responses

  1. Rick Taylor says:

    What would Superman do?He certainly would not make this into a political issue.He would solve the problem fairly and make sure everyone was treated fairly.There doesn't seem to be much chance for that in the real world with all the finger pointing going on.

  2. Tony Isabella says:

    Superman would vote for Dennis Kucinich. So would I, but I've known the congressman since he was the councilman in the Cleveland ward where I grew up.

  3. Mark Badger says:

    What do guys who read Marvel Comics do?Because with great power comes great responsibility we go out and become leftwing political activists. I've actually said that in assorted political meetings, I think deserve some kind of geek award for that. <a href="http://www.markbadger.org” target=”_blank”>www.markbadger.org

    • Mike Gold says:

      At least some folk get the reference, Mark. Back in my day, the only person I knew who admitted reading commercial comics (as opposed to undergrounds) was my boss, Abbie Hoffman. He liked Daredevil and Iron Man. Oh, and Eliot Wald, who left the revolution to write for Saturday Night Life. Eliot and I once walked through a Chicago blizzard to buy the first issue of The New Gods.

  4. Brian K. Morris says:

    Naw, Superman would be okay because he's doing all he can to fit in and not impose his native culture on ours while Martian Manhunter would become a lightning rod for the immigration subject. After all, he's taking SEVERAL jobs from "decent Americans." :)Wonder Woman would be a subject of debates, given her origin, over pottery rights. :)Meanwhile, in the Marvel Universe, Rudy Guliani would be shot on the steps of City Hall by Donna Hanover. :)

  5. John Tebbel says:

    One of the great terrors I learned growing up watching war movies every weekend on WNEW and WOR was the power of the Nazi cop to demand "your papers." You must have papers. They say who you are and where you belong. Papers say the wrong thing? Off to the station. No papers? That's worse, in some cases prima facie evidence of a capital offense, in some cases warranting summary execution. Dad's not coming home tonight. Sure glad we fought so hard to stop anything like that happening here.

  6. Elayne Riggs says:

    The fact that Lex Luthor seems the most xenophobic of DC villains is a pretty good indicator that being anti-immigrant (particularly in a "nation of immigrants") should be seen as villainous.

  7. Tony Isabella says:

    Only slightly off topic…The most important book of the year is THE END OF AMERICA by Naomi Wolf. It's essential reading that can and should scare the crap out of you.Tony "the Liberal Tiger" Isabella

    • Mike Gold says:

      The Cheney Administration has that claim, Tony. They've already scared all the crap out of me. Wolf's book is an inspiring call to action.

  8. Alan Coil says:

    The true horror to the working man is not that immigrants are coming here to take their jobs away, it's that the jobs are being moved out of the country to Mexico, China, and Korea, among others. The illegal immigrant "problem" is merely contrived smoke to make people THINK there is a fire.

    • Linda Gold says:

      So right Alan. And also to appeal to people's racist fears of the "other" so they can be more easily manipulated. Ever noticed how all of this seems directed towards the brown skinned folks from south of the border? I don't see any fences being built up North. You know where the 9/11 hijackers got in.

      • Rick Taylor says:

        I agree. Let's just demonize the folks actually doing the jobs here that no actual citizen would do while all of our other work get 'jobbed out' to other countries. People should be held accountable for not supporting the economy, not given ridiculous rewards for cutting costs (and services) by sending jobs abroad.

        • Martha Thomases says:

          Actually, I believe that citizens would do that job if the wage were high enough. Isn't that the whole idea of capitalism? However, if no one is willing to pay a living wage to the people who pick our produce, work in our kitchens, etc. etc., then the only way to get the jobs done is illegally.