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Is Cracked.com the Ground Zero mosque of magazines? (part two)

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Posted on January 26 2011 11:00 am
Kathy Shaidle blogs at FiveFeetOfFury, now entering its 11th year online. Her latest book is Acoustic Ladylandkathy shaidle, which Mark Steyn calls "a must-read."

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Issue of Cracked circa 1975

On Monday, I wrote about my disappointment when one of my favorite websites, Cracked.com, published a limp exercise in apologetics called “5 Ridiculous Things You Probably Believe About Islam.”

Any website posting one dopey article in three years is actually a hell of an accomplishment. I just hope its the last one of its kind.

But I’m not confident. Here’s why:

This week, one of my blog readers sent me an article from The Jewish Press by David Lev called, “It’s a Bird, It’s a Plane, It’s Superman – Set To Join Muslim Superhero Crew.”

They knew I’d be interested because I’ve written before about the Jewish roots of comic books.

(And like all my countrymen, I know one of the creators of Superman was Jewish AND Canadian– because the government spent a bunch of [our] money telling us that in a [horribly written] heavy rotation PSA.)

The Jewish Press story was about “The 99,” a comic book project that NewsReal wrote about in back in December…

Superman (…) along with Batman, Aquaman, and other JLA members, will be featured in the adventures of a group called The 99.

Already a popular print product in the Gulf states, The 99 is coming to the U.S., and has even been developed into a TV series for new kids’ cable network, The Hub.

The 99 is the brainchild of Dr. Naif Al-Mutawa, founder and CEO of Kuwait’s Teshkeel Media Group. The 99 consists of 99 teenagers from around the world, each of whom bears an Arabic name from the Koran that reflects one of the 99 attributes of Allah, as recorded in the Koran.

OK, so Muslims are hijacking Superman (with an assist from DC Comics, of course). No surprise. After all, Muslims are now pushing the narrative that they were the ones who discovered America.

As Dennis Miller says, “Muslims will only get interested in putting a man on the moon the day after Israel sets up shop there.” Since Muslims don’t invent anything, theft and conquest is their only semi-viable tactic.

So sad to say, not much in this depressing article shocked me. Then one word jumped out at me:

Al-Mutawa recruited several veterans of the comics industry — longtime artists who worked for DC and Marvel Comics — to work with him on The 99.

In a recent interview, he said he had a hard time convincing some of the artists to work with him, given the attitude of many Americans to Islam in the wake of 9/11.

“To assuage fears that this wasn’t an Islamist project, I bought the satire magazine ‘Cracked’…”

Terrific.

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