“Stewart was followed by James Rhodes, the black Iron Man; Steel, the black Superman; Michael Holt, the black Mister Terrific; Shiloh Norman, the black Mister Miracle; Josiah Bradley, the black Captain America; Jason Rusch, the black Firestorm; Crispus Allen, the black Spectre; Jackson Hyde, the black Aqualad; and Ultimate Nick Fury, the black Nick Fury.
This is a derivative approach, but most of these characters have at least had a chance to headline their own books, which is more than can be said for most other black superheroes. I’m reminded of something Avengers editor Tom Brevoort once said; “whenever your leads are white American males, you’ve got a better chance of reaching more people overall”. Are these latter day black Goliaths the only way to sell black heroes to an audience that reflexively rejects them? Is it easier for readers to accept a black superhero if he’s wearing hand-me-down clothing?”
While I think Ty isn’t aware of the more positive work done with Northstar as of late, he’s still spot on about the gross handling of him in the past.
“A few years before he was officially “out”, he got a mysterious illness that was very AIDS-like, and he was only cured of it when…It was revealed that he was actually a ….I swear to god….FAIRY. The kind with little fly wings, you know…like Tinkerbell? Being part fairy gave him some sort of immunity in his blood or something, I don’t remember the details, only that I threw my copy across the room when I read it.”
Also pointed out is the sad fate, and even worse publicity stunt by Joe Quesada surrounding the character Freedom Ring. Good article, Mr. Templeton.
“But of those who have, they are more likely to have come across Green Lantern on the more recent Justice League cartoons, than have read the comic. And the Green Lantern who appears in that cartoon? John Stewart. A human Green Lantern – who happens to be black. The choice of Lantern was clearly made to diversify the otherwise horrendously white (and green) team – something that has often not bothered the comic book version.”
I always really like Kelly’s column and ‘top’ lists are generally a lot of fun, if for nothing else than to pick them apart. While I’d have definitely had different characters on my list hers is still pretty solid. She has 6 non-white characters 2 (3ish?) non-straight characters, which in American comics is pretty big. And placing such a new character, Batwoman at #1? Excellent.
I definitely get a lot more “random” screenings at the airport now, and I have been teased by small children and made fun of by teenagers. Some guys even threw their fast food garbage at me as they drove by and yelled “Nice beard faggot!” But for every negative story like that, there is a story where some other dude with a huge beard will shake my hand or give me a wink or something, like we are in a secret club. “Beard love” my girlfriend calls it.
“Byrne has referenced his alleged tendency to predict real-life events with his comic books, calling it the “Byrne Curse.” In a letter to Skeptic magazine, he noted a 1977 issue of Marvel Team-Up depicting a blackout in New York, with a real-life blackout occurring the month the issue went on sale, six months after he had drawn it; and an issue of Wonder Womanin which the death of the superheroine, who is an Amazon princess named Diana, is presented on the cover as a newspaper front page with the headline “Princess Diana Dies.” The issue went on sale on a Wednesday, and Britain’s Diana, Princess of Wales was killed in an accident three days later.”—the John Byrne Wikipedia page