Spiderman, Captain America, Iron Man — we have basically grown watching these superheroes fight evil, thanks to Marvel comics. The first Marvel comic was published in the year 1939, and still it continues to amaze all of us. The publishing house’s latest is called Madaya Mom and the excitement around it is for a poignant reason. In a collaboration with ABC News (also owned by Disney), Marvel’s latest is inspired by real-life experiences of a mother living in the war-torn Syrian city of Madaya.
According to The Independent, the lead character in Madaya Mom was inspired by the blog posts of a citizen in the Syrian town who managed to reach out to ABC journalists, who later documented her fight for survival. The person, for reasons of safety, have chosen to remain anonymous. The blog posts began to be published on ABC starting from January with the first being Syria Starving: A Family’s Fight for Survival. She reportedly also kept the journalists regularly updated with her family’s situation.
This is not the first time that Marvel has commented on socially relevant and sensitive issues through what they do best — their comics. Earlier, they showed Captain America punching Adolf Hitler in the face, during the World War II. One of the early exchanges between the mother and the journalists was thus: “Today, our one meal was rice and bean soup … our bodies are no longer used to eating. The comic book’s opening line too, is the same line.
What more, the comic is freely available for everyone online. Artist Dalibor Talajic, popular for working on Deadpool, reportedly spoke to The National about the comic. He said he did not want to sensationalise the comic. “I wanted to make a comic with a civilian point of view, where you’re really powerless. You can’t do anything. You’re just waiting for it to pass or for you to die.”