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Natasha Romanov: A Political History, pt 2

In the past I’ve always been involved in government affairs! Perhaps that’s why I now feel so compelled to take an interest in the affairs of the common man… for without him— there can be no government!

What you missed: the trouble with commies. What you’re getting in this installment of FYBW PRESENTS: TL;DR is Black Widow, the Social Justice Years.

In 1970, Natasha got a makeover. With a swingin’ new costume and red hair, she was hardly recognizable as the same superhero. Her raison d’etre likewise radically reinvented itself. Whereas the Fishnet Edition was a ruthless master-spy, SHIELD agent and reforming supervillain, Catsuit Natasha was a glamourous jet set socialite, bored with her life of idyll. Essentially, they removed Natasha’s politics, while still finding ways to make her extremely political.

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Natasha Romanov: A Political History, pt 1

Or: “That’s the trouble with you Commies! You just don’t dig us!”

This is the first in a series of essays touching upon the politics of Natasha and Marvel’s shifting conceptions of Russia. I’m gonna cover her early 1970s re-invention as a ~social justice warrior~, Ann Nocenti’s bleeding heart, the collapse of the USSR and Black Widow’s post-Soviet identity crisis. But we begin at the beginning: Iron Man, 1964.

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