Someone more interested in comics than me noted an overarching theme when it came to Comic Book Themes
Hmmm. Have you ever notice the gun trend in comic books, historically?
Superman? Good guy. Doesn’t use a gun.
Punisher? Bad guy. Uses a gun. Sure he went after bad guys, but his motivation was pure revenge and didn't mind when innocents get in the way. He was out for blood and didn't care who got hurt.
Batman? Good. No gun. Another revenge driven vigilante, but always goes out of his way NOT to kill bad guys and protect the innocent from harm.
Deadpool? Bad. Gun user.
Wonder Woman, Spiderman, Flash... Good. Gunless.
Generic Villains? Bad. Often packing heat.
In comic books, pretty much anyone who uses a gun is bound to be evil. This motif is melting a little bit in modern iterations, post Silver/Bronze Age of comics (late 80s on) but is still the dominant paradigm.
(A trope. A word that wasn't around much 3 years ago, now you can't swing a dead cat without knocking into it.)
Oh there are a few good guy gun users contrary to this general rule, like the Shadow or the Phantom, but those are minor exceptions. The sometime-good / sometimes-bad gun wielders are often mercenaries with monetary gain being their guiding light and allusions with the Military Industrial Complex tacked on as baggage. And there are exceptions, naturally, of a nature like, "Nuh uh! Batman used a pistol he picked up in DC #122 and #198," or whatever. Again, mere quibbles and minutia.
I just found all that interesting, having never considered it before, and it reveals a cultural undercurrent. Before comic books the hero was the iconic cowboy. And the good guys CERTAINLY packed heat along with the bad guys then. In the enterainment media and romantizations.
Sorry 'bout that... - Been out most of the day today helping Bobbi go car shopping. Alas, despite leaving behind me a careful trail of grappa and grated Parmigiano-Reggiano lead...
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