Brad Meltzer on why Superman and Captain America are in the Nazi conspiracy

In his new book The Nazi Conspiracy, author Brad Meltzer delves into one of the most dangerous moments in modern hit history. Investigating a complex plot by Nazi Germany to assassinate Winston Churchill, Franklin Delano Roosevelt and Joseph Stalin to destabilize Allied forces, The Nazi Conspiracy covers a moment when the world could easily have plunged into utter chaos. But, as Meltzer is accustomed to doing, he provides a glimpse into the popular culture of the time, and how some of it – including the rising popularity of superheroes like Superman and Captain America – was shaped by the war.

Meltzer is no stranger to comic books, of course. Not only has he written titles like Green arrow and Justice League of Americabut his line of biographies aimed at children, published under the Ordinary people can change the world banner, recently wrote about fictional characters for the first time. The choices? Batman and Superman. He says, that The Nazi Conspiracywhich he wrote along with his own The first conspiracy and The Lincoln Conspiracy collaborator Josh Mensch, was a challenge to write.

“What we were really trying to do in The Nazi Conspiracy gives you a better idea of ​​what really happened back then and how much of an abyss we were on,” Meltzer told ComicBook.com during a recent interview. “Because the story we’re telling now is, ‘Oh, we beat the Nazis and we have won. And everyone came home and kissed the girl in the ticker-tape parade.” We tell the stories of Captain America and Superman and see what else came out of the war and all these great moments. But I think what humbled me was how precarious our position was in the war — how difficult it was to get the big three — FDR and Stalin and Churchill — to agree to Normandy, to talk about it agreed that’s what we’re going to do. And it wasn’t us who saved the day, it’s the Russians who wanted the cross-Channel attack. We lost about half a million people [during the war], England lost about half a million people. The Russians lost 24 million people. And that is a staggering number. Think of 3,000 people at 9/11 in New York, and another 24 million people on top of that. And I just don’t think I ever really appreciated how close it was to not working as well as it did.

That incredibly scary, incredibly serious topics reign supreme The Nazi Conspiracy, but it also speaks to the importance of Superman and Captain America. Meltzer said he and Mensch embraced that.

“One of the things we focus on in the book is I did a section on Superman and Captain America,” Meltzer told ComicBook.com. “I know it seems almost absurd, but they come because the culture needs them at the time. As World War II encroaches on our shores, and it’s so scary, the world is getting those beautiful creations from these Jewish creators who can clearly see exactly what’s going on I think it’s the same reason why we’re where we are today and why these characters are more popular than ever because as a culture we’re scared again and we’re looking for someone to lead us down that path of light to show. “

You can get The Nazi Conspiracy now in bookstores and online.

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