For What It’s Worth: Bucky and Bullets

 With the release of the image of Sebastian Stan of Bucky Barnes in the forthcoming Captain America: The First Avenger, it made me wonder, “When did he start using guns?”  

 Bucky Barnes first appeared (March 1941) almost a year after Robin the Boy Wonder (April 1940). I mean c’mon, he’s a Robin rip-off, except he didn’t have a utility belt. Bucky and Cap fight the Nazis with their fists (well Cap had the shield too).  It may sound ridiculous, but that was the 1940’s for you. Flashback stories that were told from the 1960’s (Captain America’s rebirth) up until recent years continued that trend.

 It wasn’t until Bucky’s “return from the death” in 2005 that guns were added. As the Winter Soldier, he was an assassin for the Soviet Union, so he had to use weapons. Now as Captain America, he continues to carry a gun (and a knife). Even the flashback stories show him using all types of firearms.

 Don’t get me wrong, there is logic to him having knowledge in all types of weapons and using them. However, it’s like another part of my innocence gone. It’s like Toto pulling the curtain to reveal that the Wizard of Oz is an ordinary man operating a console of wheels and levers while speaking into a microphone.  I just have to accept it and move on…

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