Thursday, November 25, 2010

Happy Thanksgiving!

Thanksgiving is a distinctly American holiday I've never actually discussed. The truth is that there is a lot of confusion surrounding Thanksgiving and its history -- a lot of White Guilt -- but that's a gross simplification and I don't want to go all preachy or anything. I prefer to see Thanksgiving less as the commemoration of an historical event than the celebration of an idea, and not because I don't want to "deal with" anything or whatever, just because... it's a fucking holiday!

Comic books have been around since the 1930s, and several have borne Thanksgiving-themed covers. They were most prevalent in the Golden Age, though they continue well into the Modern Age. Superheroes have always dominated the Macy's Thanksgiving Day Parade in New York City. In many ways, even though the modern references are fewer and further between, Thanksgiving is closely tied to the comic book tradition.

While the historical basis for Thanksgiving, however inaccurate, may make some uncomfortable, few holidays anywhere stand for the events or principles on which they were based. Even our weekdays are named after gods long since gone.

© C Harris Lynn, 2010


Manodogs said...

Here's a list of links from around the Web on Thanksgiving, 2010.

Manodogs said...

GeekoSystem put together a list of Thanksgiving webcomics.