Ernest Hemingway’s History in Comics

It is certainly not unusual for celebrities to appear in comic books. Throughout the decades, we’ve seen figures ranging from politicians to Hollywood celebrities fight crime alongside our favorite superheroes. For many of us, it’s not to difficult to image President Barack Obama as an action hero. Apparently the creators of Spiderman agreed. Multiple comic book writers though, saw fit to add a surprising figure to their story. 

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As much as we love our favorite writers, we don’t typically imagine them as action heroes. However, there are quite a few comic book writers who’ve had a different vision of authors. Ernest Hemingway had an exciting real life, but he also experienced an incredible life on the pages of several comic books, according to a recent article. One volume featured Hemingway and Wolverine, the mutant from X-Men, fighting fascists side by side (read more about it here)- and that wasn’t his only stint fighting crime. Here ge is speaking with Fidel Castro (in French):

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He also made a cameo alongside Captain Marvel, he was seen in a card game with fellow writer Harlan Ellison and in another, he guided the souls of the deceased safely through the unknown element of purgatory. Hemingway has also made appearances in comic books featuring characters such as Donald Duck and Cerebus. 

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These comic books portrayed Hemingway in many different ways, often playing off different aspects of his personality. He was commonly portrayed as outwardly masculine, complete with his noteworthy beard and often prepared for a fight. His chronic drinking was also a common theme in these comic books. This was not always the case, though. Certain writers saw him as the more sensitive type, as an artist looking to find his way in the world. Others used his military experience for inspiration when drawing his character, both literally and figuratively. 

Would Hemingway have approved of the way he was portrayed by his fellow writers? It is difficult to say. He certainly has lived on through writing, though, in more ways than just through his own. 


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