Hank Wirtz

July 22, 2003

Post #1662 – 20030722

Dear Mr. Pinkwater:

I was just reading the final issue of “Truth: Red, White & Black,” a comic in which we find out that the experiment that gave Captain America his superpowers back in WWII was done on black soldiers before it was deemed safe for a white one. In it, Cap, AKA Steve Rogers, meets his counterpart, Isaiah Bradley, sixty years later, to find that while Isaiah hasn’t aged a day either, he’s also suffered brain damage due to the Super-Soldier Serum.

Steve also meets Isaiah’s great-grandson, who shows him a copy of Wingman. Isaiah’s wife explains the significance to Cap. “It’s about a Chinese-American boy who LOVES comic books and dreams about a Chinese super-hero.” Cap replies, “And what’s HIS name?” “‘Litigious.’ Don’t ask.”

Anyway, It appears that the writer and artist of this series, Bob Morales and Kyle Baker, who are both black, took inspiration from your story of seeking heroes with whom we identify.

Obviously, You’ve taken inspiration in your work from comics, so it’s nice to see some reciprocity.

-Hank Wirtz

P.S.: If a borgelnuskie isn’t made with 100% kosher ingredients, is it still a borgelnuskie?

Daniel replies:

Everybody takes inspiration--or in the case of the talented, steals--from everybody. And very welcome everybody is, as far as I'm concerned.

If you made a borgelnuskie entirely of kosher ingredients, it wouldn't have any shellfish or pork or dairy products in it--or wolf. So, I'd suggest extra habaneros and zucchini--still doesn't sound appealing to me.