Let's go over the facts, only
as explained in the blog. I'll leave out any other details until I'm done listing the sequence of events for that issue, Avengers #213 (more than 30 years ago!).
- Jim Shooter was the lead writer for that issue. He'd been planning this for months, getting feedback from psychologists, etc. to make sure that it felt real to the readers, and the subscription rate was up because of it.
- The script he wrote for that page didn't have Hank hitting Janet; it was supposed to be more of a "go away" gesture, not an impact. Note that your attitude on the subject makes it seem like you stopped reading at this point.
- Bob Hall, the artist for that issue, liked having "extreme" actions, and drew the backhanded punch that I linked above.
- There wasn't enough time to redraw it (implies that Shooter actually argued against it, and got overruled by the Editors).
- Shooter was too busy to write the last 1/3 of the issue, so Roger Stern did; he's the one who wrote the scene of Janet lowering her glasses and showing the black eye.
- The scene was published as Bob Hall drew it. This is now canon.
Note, especially, that Jim Shooter isn't even the copyright holder for the character; he doesn't have the final say on what a given character can or can't (or will or won't) do. He had an idea; with an artist's misunderstanding and an editor's decision, the idea ended up being different from what he intended it to be. This is far
from the only time that's happened in comics, although you don't generally get to hear about those.
Now, I suggest you go back and read my posts. At no point have I used the term "wife beater" - that's been solely you. Hank hit Janet hard enough to give her a black eye. This is canon.
From that issue forward, that's the fact of that day, and has been mentioned in quite a few other comics over the years, usually from Hank himself talking about it with other characters. However, to me "wife beater" means someone who repeatedly goes and abuses his wife. I don't even think that, as the canon event happened
, he intended to hurt Janet. But whether he wanted to or not, he did.
And then spent the next 20 real-life years of Marvel Comics trying to be a better man than he had been. If the Avengers had considered him an angry, violent individual (a description usually applied to "wife beaters"), they never would have made him the head of Avengers Academy.
I think you're far too emotionally invested in this, and need to step back and look at it again. Reread the blog or not; reread the comics or not. But this lapse of control/judgement/whatever is an integral part of Hank Pym's history, and Marvel has explicitly
chosen not to retcon that at all, despite having several mega-arcs that could have absolved him of it.
See the part below for my explanation of why that one incident doesn't make Hank Pym a terrible person - it makes him a realistic
person. I'll let this drop now, and won't continue this argument without some especially significant data.