- Jan 1, 2007I'm in about a half dozen comic book groups, and this seems to be the
only one that gets posts defending Saddam Hussein and looking for
other gay comic book readers and looking for other swinging comic
book readers (wow, that's a thought) and for Supergirl and Wonder
Woman to fight to the death.
Interesting, I must say, so let's try a different approach.
Now we get the bulk of our heroes, considerably pampered, so young
readers can imagine their own lives thru the hero, or we get those
ridiculous "I'm from the wrong side of the streets, I've had hard
knocks all my life" heroes, who likewise turn around and get taken in
by a mysterious financial benefactor.
Heroes (even thirty years ago and before that) have always been free
to ascend their soapbox and spout their doctrine.
"Freedom for all! Treat Everyone the same! Say 'no' to
discrimination! Everybody has the same right!"
Basically stuff as light and fluffy as Ward and June Cleaver's world.
Yes, its nice to say let's treat everyone the same, but we know we
don't do it!
We disliked classmates in school, we dislike our bosses on the job,
we really dislike that person in the car who just cut us off.
We harbor resentment and disdain for other person's behavior and
Before I ask this, I want everyone to bear in mind that the bulk of
my 'ground-breaking characters' were nothing more than tokens in my
For every black character, there were a 1000 whites.
For every female, there were a 1000 males.
Every female spouting feminism would be swept off her feet by a
bulking male hero, who would make her titter, or she would bitch at
him in an incredible manner that suggested it was her time of the
I was going to propose political heroes or religious heroes, but
unfortunately, 100% of these characters are written by non-religious
writers who go online to get information about the religion or they
offer a self-parody of politics.
But then we wouldn't want Jerry Falwell to offer up his own comic
book super team, would we?
If it was well written, wouldn't we be in a quandry?
Back in the 1970s, both Archie comics and Dennis the Menace would
offer religious comic books. Neither caused any harm.
I wouldn't have minded comic books with fleshed out characters,
explaining Buddhism, Islam or Hinduism, or even Judaism.
I wouldn't have minded comic books offering characters who are
Catholic as well as Lutheran or Baptist.
Before someone starts spouting off characters who did fit this bill,
they were flashes in the pan, the shock mentality didn't last, and
the convictions proved ineffective to the stories.
When I was in school, I drew two storybooks, like comic books,
ridiculing church going, in a light-hearted way. Growing up
fundamentalist (Envision Aunt Esther on 'Sanford & Son') I thought
nothing about drawing characters worshiping with arms uplifted, but
it didn't dawn on me others didnt share this faith.
Ironically, the first book I drew didn't focus on how the characters
worshipped, and the second one did, and I was puzzled when several
persons told me they liked the first one more (the universal language
came thru better with no depictions of how the characters
I wouldnt have minded religion in comic books, of any kind, actually,
but I understand the need to promote freedom to choose (how many
years since I last darkened the doorway to a church) and I know there
are those who feel religion is best left out of comic books, but
again, the Archie books and the Dennis the Menace books did no harm.
I'm more dismayed by sudden decisions to make characters Jewish like
Ben Grimm in the Fantastic Four, whether his creators were Jewish or
not, it seems ridiculous to me to suddenly alter this character as
Any chances Bruce Wayne will suddenly be revealed to be Buddhist?
If Diana Prince converted to another religion aside from the greek
Mythology, would she lose her powers?
I could go on about how Marv Wolfman seemed to write every goddess in
the New Teen Titans as a living goddess, and then we learned that
they all actually were at one time or another a living person. I used
to think, well, that doesn't make them much of a goddess, now does it?
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