"It's been speculated that Chapman killed John Lennon in order to preserve his innocence -- which is odd considering Lennon was like 40 years old at the time . . . but even if Lennon was about to enter puberty at the age of 41, the book doesn't support that action: Holden, while initially wanting to protect children, realizes that he's no role model, and they're all better off left alone anyway."
What I find strange and oddly disturbing is that Gordon Gekko has been mythologized and elevated from the role of villain to that of hero . . . After so many encounters with Gekko admirers or wannabes, I wish I could go back and rewrite the greed line to this: "Greed is Good. But I've never seen a Brinks truck pull up to a cemetery."
"To me, it's disturbing whenever I see authority figures embracing Punisher iconography because the Punisher represents a failure of the Justice system. He's supposed to indict the collapse of social moral authority and the reality some people can't depend on institutions like the police or the military to act in a just and capable way. The vigilante anti-hero is fundamentally a critique of the justice system, an example of social failure, so when cops put Punisher skulls on their cars or members of the military wear Punisher skull patches, they're basically sides with an enemy of the system. They are embracing an outlaw mentality. Whether you think the Punisher is justified or not, whether you admire his code of ethics, he is an outlaw. He is a criminal. Police should not be embracing a criminal as their symbol."
—Gerry Conway, creator of the Punisher, commenting on the Punisher's symbol being co-opted by law enforcement and authority figures