Top 5 Times Nazis Got Punched In The Face

There are better things to watch than Nazis getting punched in the face…I’m assuming. I just can’t think of any at the moment.

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Unfortunately it seems like you can’t turn on the TV or go online anymore without hearing about Nazis these days.

I think Indiana Jones summed up my thoughts on these guys pretty well when he said:

Thinking about these douches just annoys me but I decided to turn my frown upside down and post my…

TOP 5 TIMES A NAZI GOT PUNCHED IN THE FACE (or got their butts kicked)!

5: Wonder Woman

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Wonder Woman #240 DC COMICS Gerry Conway, Jose Delbo, Joe Giella, Ben Oda, Gerry Serp

How can you not love Wonder Woman? She’s smart, powerful, heroic and gorgeous (just like Geeky Mommie). In her recent successful feature film (portrayed by Israeli actress Gal Gadot), we saw Wonder Woman kick WWI Germany’s pre-Nazi butt back to Deutschland.

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In this Wonder Woman comic from 1978, we see her exercising some real feminist movement action by punching Nazi Siegfried The Speedster through a glass window!

4: Indiana Jones vs. Nazi Mechanic

Indiana Jones has had more run-ins with Nazis than the ACLU.

One of his most memorable is from his original movie Raiders of the Lost Ark where he showed us all that there is more to winning a fight than just a strong physique…there are also airplane propellers!

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3: Raphael Knocks Out Hitler

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TMNT Adventures #64 NICKELODEON Barry Grossman, Brian Thomas, Dean Clarrain, Gary Fields

In the Archie Comics series Teenage Mutant Ninja Turtles Adventures, the pizza loving quartet found themselves in many crazy situations. None more so than a time traveling excursion against a robot Hitler controlled by the real Hitler’s brain that also happened to control the Time Slip Machine that also…ahh, never mind.

Let’s not try to apply logic to figure out a plot to a storyline involving mutated talking ninja turtles. Just enjoy the visual.

2. Magneto Kills Some Nazis In South America

Magneto has his flaws (such as that whole wanting to wage war on homo-sapiens thing), but he has his merits as well.

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Here we see him making the long trek to South America shortly after World War II to meet up with some Fascists for a lager and politely explain to them the errors in the way of thinking….and kill them of course.


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1: Captain America Decks Hitler

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You know this was going to be #1.

Originally published in March of 1941 (nine months prior to the United State entrance into World War II), introducing Captain America to the world by having him deck Der Fuhrer was a risky move for Jack Kirby and Joe Simon.

Not only was there a tremendous isolationists movement in the country (spearheaded by titans of industry such as Henry Ford and William Randolph Hearst), but there was also strong a Pro Nazi movement, as evidenced by the Nazi rally held in New York City at Madison Square Garden in 1939

Kirby and Simon received threatening letters and even death threats for their daring cover, but Jack Kirby didn’t care. As I previously wrote, he was kind of the Honey badger of his day. 

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After entering the army, he used his artistic ability as an advance scout (drawing pictures of enemy positions and emplacements), was involved in liberating concentration camps and even tried to fight some pro-Fascist in the lobby of the Marvel Comics office!

What do you think of my list?

What is your favorite Nazi encounter?

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Will We Learn That The Winter Soldier Killed Spider-man’s Parents?

After re-watching the Captain America movies, something stuck out to me I had missed before (but a quick Google search shows that I was not the first to notice it).

While going through the activation words that cause Bucky Barnes to snap into the Winter Soldier, a few of the words stand out from the rest.

The words flow as follows: Longing, rusted, furnace, daybreak, seventeen, benign, nine, homecoming, one, freight car.

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On the surface, the words look completely unconnected and could have just as easily been muttered by a stoned Gary Busey attempting to recite our national anthem or a person suffering from Turrets Syndrome.

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But do the Marvel producers ever do anything random? They have previously done such a thorough job of making sure every bit of dialogue is premeditated and purposeful. What can these seemingly random words mean?

The couple of words that stand out to me are “nine“, “freight car” and most noticeably “homecoming“.

Nine would most likely be referring to Hydra itself which, according to Greek Mythology has 9 heads.

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Freight car could be referring to the fall from the train Bucky took in Captain America: The First Avenger. It is the last time we saw Bucky as himself and how he came into being in Hydra’s possession who later turned him into the Winter Soldier.

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Homecoming is the most noticeable of the activation words. Homecoming is the name of one of the most famous Spider-man comic book story arcs, as well as the name of the upcoming new Spider-man movie.

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Is it possible that Homecoming was also an assassination mission from Winter Soldier’s past? We have already seen that he killed Tony Stark’s parents on a previous mission.

In the Marvel comic book universe, Peter Parkers parents, Richard and Mary Parker, were both C.I.A. agents who were murdered by Hydra’s leader: the Red Skull. Richard was even recruited into the C.I.A. by Nick Fury himself!

In the Marvel Cinematic universe, the Winter Soldier had been the premier assassin for Hydra. Could he have been responsible for the Parkers’ deaths as well?

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What do you think?

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Will Avengers: Infinity War Be The Last Time We See Chris Evans As The Sentinel Of Liberty?

It is hard to picture anyone other than Chris Evans playing Captain America, but that day is coming soon.  Maybe very soon…

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In a recent interview with Esquire, Evans confirmed that Avengers: Infinity War is the last movie on the 6 movie deal he signed with Disney.  The lengthy article talks about the level of time commitment the role involves beyond just filming the movies, including promotional tours, interviews and time in the gym. This leaves little time to unwind, explore other roles or pursue his love for directing.

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Could one of these two take over as Cap?

In the comics, Steve Rogers has already been succeeded as Captain America by both James “Bucky” Barnes and Sam “Falcon” Wilson (played by Sebastian Stan and Anthony Mackie in the Marvel movies).  Recasting over time is simply a reality as actors age or grow tired of roles (except in your case Hugh Jackman) and Marvel has anticipated this by signing both Stan and Mackie to long term movie deals.  This was to be expected at some point and Evans has spoken honestly before about his desire to transition behind the camera.

Could we see Steve Rogers sacrifice himself in a battle with Thanos in Avengers: Infinity War?  Marvel has been building towards a major battle with Thanos for nearly a decade and will want some kind of “death” or epic event for this movie. It seems like a natural time to pass the shield to a new Captain America and bookend this initial phase of Marvel cinema.

The recent rumors about Red Skull re-appearing in Avengers: Infinity War as one of the four henchmen for Thanos add weight to this theory. When we last saw the Red Skull he was killed or sucked into space or something…

Will we see any other current Avengers pass the torch to a second generation of heroes in the film?

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Avengers: Infinity War is due in theaters May 8th, 2018.

Side Note: There actually is a Captain America Chris Evans custom pillow case!  If you really want to be able to tell someone you slept with Chris Evans I guess…

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Comic Book Legend Jack Kirby Fought Fascism Any Place & Any Where He Could

Jack Kirby was a bad@$$ is whatever he did.

Mark Peters of Paste Magazine has a terrific write up about how comic book legend Jack Kirby fought against fascism in his writing, drawing and real life.



Even before enlisting in the army in WWII, he partnered with Joe Simon to create Captain America, whose first appearance to the world was punching Hitler in the face on the cover of Captain America Comics in March 1941.  Bare in mind this is before the United States officially entered the war.  That is a heck of a statement about how he felt towards the Nazis.

Once in the European theater, Kirby was often used on scouting missions. Because of his artistic skills, he would be sent ahead of his unit so he could draw pictures of the enemy positions.

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Jack Kirby Army photo: Marvel.com

It was on one such scouting mission that he discovered one of the worst products of the Nazis: concentration camps. The experience weighed heavily on him, as he described later to Ray Wyman in “Conversations with Jack”, which was excerpted in Jack Kirby Collector.

Jack was not afraid to throw down with Nazis anywhere.  As Mark Evanier describes in his biography Kirby: King of Comics, “…Jack took a call. A voice on the other end said, ‘There are three of us down here in the lobby. We want to see the guy who does this disgusting comic book and show him what real Nazis would do to his Captain America’. To the horror of others in the office, Kirby rolled up his sleeves and headed downstairs. The callers, however, were gone by the time he arrived.”

He vilified Fascism in a number of his post WWII characters such as Dr. Doom for Marvel Comics and Darkseid for DC Comics.  One of the most timeless villains he created was the hate mongering evangelists Godfrey for DC Comics whose followers despised diversity. This character was updated in the DC animated movies to be more of a Rush Limbaugh type shock jock television host with followers screaming things like “Tell it like it is Godfrey!”

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Kirby in 1992

Jack Kirby was a rough around the edges and take no prisoners type of guy that is harder and harder to find nowadays.  Kirby passed away in 1994 due to heart failure.

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City Council Member Sworn In While Holding Captain America’s Shield (Updated)

First things first, Lan Diep is my hero.  

And not just because he has a working Ghostbuster ghost trap.

Lan won a seat on San Jose’s city council running as an independent and does take the office position seriously, but he also understands the necessity of introducing some humor into modern politics (which we can all agree has become a gloomy place).

Well done Lan and wishing you the best in your new role as Councilman! You can follow him on Twitter @LTDiep.

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Update: On  Feb 2nd 2017 Comedy Central aired a portion of Lan’s swearing in on @Midnight with Chris Hardwick .

If you could be sworn in with any superhero weapon, what would you choose?