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A VERY POWERNAUT BICENTENNIAL!
I've been told that Powernaut Comics spend *too much* time being socially relevant and chasing the trend of the year. *This year, that changes!* The Powernaut is going back to basics - just in time for the Bicentennial!
(signed) Scott Eiler, Publisher for Powernaut Comics, 1976.
It's amusing how the people who reprint the Powernaut comics have no problem telling the history of the real one, but need me to tell them about his replacements. Fortunately I've kept track of the later Powernauts, since 1968.
Today's Powernaut Comics tell me they might someday reprint the stories of that era, but it's not a priority for them. The old attempts to reinvent the Powernaut were sometimes just flops, both in comics and in real life.
Powernaut comics were hardly alone in suddenly finding patriotism during the year of the American Bicentennial. I don't know the state of mind of that particular Powernaut, so I can't say whether he truly felt pride in America. But I can tell a story about the real Powernaut.
When we were in France in 1944, I told him I wanted to be as inspiring and patriotic as him someday. The Powernaut just tugged at his tunic and said, "Do you think yellow's a patriotic color?"
"Well, not in our country."
"There you have it."
Now I realize, the Powernaut only became inspirational by accident. That's known from his origin story in 1941. He was just trying to do the right thing. The rest is history.
Having met the Powernaut's replacement, I believe a similar thing may have happened. He was obviously a moral man, trying to do what he felt to be the right thing. When he took up the Powernaut's name, he got the Powernaut's enemies with it - as witness Aryan Man. I can testify, the presence of any Nazi is enough to make people believe in anything which is the opposite of Nazism. Like America. So, the Powernaut of 1976 might truly have had a patriotic moment.
I lived through the Bicentennial. My home town put on a pageant at the high school football stadium - though admittedly it was the town's fiftieth anniversary too. We all got to be the stars. The alumni still talk about that one. Trust me, the Bicentennial was a Big Thing.
Eventually my subconscious came up with the concept of a Swamp Thing Bicentennial. I don't get to write Swamp Thing stories, but I do get to write Powernaut stories. So there.
(signed) Scott Eiler, May 2015.
All characters and all artwork in this fiction are copyright © 2015 by Eiler Technical Enterprises.