- The Washington Times - Tuesday, April 6, 2021

Left-wing activist and Marvel scribe Ta-Nehisi Coates has turned clinical psychologist Jordan B. Peterson into “Red Skull,” a sinister cartoon character who is an enemy of Captain America — at least on the pages of a comic book.

The latest issue of “Captain America” stunned Mr. Peterson, the author of “12 Rules for Life” and “Beyond Order,” when he realized he was the target of the creative lampooning in a comic story titled “All Die Young: Part IX.”

The tale takes place after Red Skull, the Nazi-inspired villain, used “chaos to his advantage” during a bomb scare.

“What the hell?” Mr. Peterson tweeted as his depiction as Red Skull went viral across social media. 

Critics of Mr. Coates have claimed that he’s infused his tales with left-wing activism during his run on the comic book.

Similarly, editor Tom Brevoort, associate editor Alanna Smith and editor-in-chief C.B. Cebulski have been accused of turning Marvel’s “House of Ideas” into a home for activists. 

“Do I really live in a universe where Ta-Nehisi Coates has written a Captain America comic featuring a parody of my ideas as part of the philosophy of the arch-villain Red Skull?” Mr. Peterson added late Monday.

The famous author has consistently denied attempts to frame him as a “Nazi,” “white supremacist” or “transphobic” bigot over the years by left-wing critics of his work.

Mr. Peterson insists his books encourage readers to “treat yourself like someone you are responsible for helping” and “pursue what is meaningful (not what is expedient).”

“If you cease to utter falsehoods and live according to the dictates of your conscience, you can maintain your nobility,” chapter 7 of “12 Rules for Life” notes. “Even when facing the ultimate threat; if you abide, truthfully and courageously, by the highest of ideals, you will be provided with more security and strength than will be offered by any short-sighted concentration of your own safety; if you live properly, fully, you can discover meaning so profound that it protects you even from fear of death.”

• Douglas Ernst can be reached at dernst@washingtontimes.com.

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