Tuesday, March 29, 2011
It's the slap heard through all continuity, Hank Pym struck his wife, Janet Van Dyne, and never got to live it down. It really does look like a brutal moment, and any time a man takes violent recourse against a women it is harsh, but it seems this moment has been overplayed. Scribe Jim Shooter, sets us straight on the real deal of what went in behind this moment and why we've gotten it wrong ever since. Hit the jump to get the scoop.
It was Avengers #213, written by Jim Shooter and penciled by Bob Hall, where Hank Pym hits Janet Van Dyne in a moment of weakness. He's frustrated, at the ends of his wits, and we get a panel of him striking her down. That's what's gone down in history because it was on the page but now Shooter comes forward on his blog and says that wasn't how it was supposed to go down.
A subtle moment misinterpreted by an artist and we have a wife-beater for all eternity. Such a shame.
That paragraph right there, from the horse's mouth, paints such a tragic image of poor Hank. It wasn't supposed to go down like this but I guess there's no changing it now. No matter how many creators come forward with the real story.
What do you think about this situation? Is Hank still a wife-beater because that's what ended up on the page or does Shooter's commentary thirty years later redeem this hero? Do you think Shooter's stories can even be trusted, what's his motivation to reveal all now? Surely this story has been told by him before at a convention. Let us know in the comments what you think.