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Old March 31 2013, 05:06 PM   #7
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Re: Race + Comics: On Green Lanternís Near-Death Experience

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Thereís a stink surrounding DC Entertainmentís alleged intention to kill off John Stewart last week, and it sticks out when you consider this ostensibly non-related promotional item: the company is now pushing a digital-only book based on the adventures of Batman. Specifically, the Batman of 1966.

Again, thereís no direct link between the companyís digital division planning to resurrect this version of Batman and the DC Comics editors wanting to off the incarnation of Green Lantern that managed to gain mainstream acceptance without being involved in a Hindenburg of a motion picture. But what it does tell us is this: the company would rather court fans of a nearly 50-year-old television show ó one synonymous with the cheesiest stereotypes about comic books as a medium and the fandom surrounding it ó than the fanbase of a critically-acclaimed television show that was on the air less than a decade ago.What do you think?

Gee, I wonder why that could be?
Race + Comics: On Green Lanternís Near-Death Experience

Is Mr. Garcia right, or wrong?
Two points:

1. Garcia is correct in the race issue being a problem in comics. The advancement made in the early 1970s with John Stewart reflected intelligent writers presenting honest tales about the nation's most serious social issue: racial perceptions/relations (still the most serious issue).

However, the one thing many refuse to acknowledge is that younger generations of comic creators--many seeming "liberal" either in action or speech--do not appear to know how to write characters of color--African Americans in particular , unless it is the media stereotype many with a post-Hip Hop sensibility, delivering lines like someone from a 20 year old Spike Lee movie, or random BET sitcoms. Any other character with such a strong introduction as John Stewart should have that as a springboard to move the character through time, growing into a fleshed out entity, but that never happened with JS.

Even in anmation, Justice League Unlimited's version could be viewed as a narrow stereotype forged in the black drill instructor mold who was gruff, devoid of humor & uptight, making him the human version of Star Trek's Worf (one could argue that Worf being played by African American Michael Dorn was an influence...shameless if true).

2. While Garcia says:

Again, thereís no direct link between the companyís digital division planning to resurrect this version of Batman and the DC Comics editors wanting to off the incarnation of Green Lantern that managed to gain mainstream acceptance without being involved in a Hindenburg of a motion picture. But what it does tell us is this: the company would rather court fans of a nearly 50-year-old television show ó one synonymous with the cheesiest stereotypes about comic books as a medium and the fandom surrounding it ó than the fanbase of a critically-acclaimed television show that was on the air less than a decade ago.What do you think?
Despite his cliams to the contrary, he is making a direct link between the two--as if in a DC boardroom, a scale sat on the table, and points pro and con about JS/GL and 1966 Batman--and ONLY those two creations--were being weighed for the sake of their "lives," with 1966 Batman as the survivor/victor.

He--like too many in modern day comics--spit their hatred of the 1966 series not only because it does not fit the "grim and gritty" (worn out) version of Batman they prefer, but it also represents (in their minds) a "conservative" image of the character not drowning in the moral ambiguity of too many present day characters.

The shot at 1966-Bat was pointless and inapplicable to the argument about the fate/handling of JS/GL.

The true culprit are the would-be creators of today being utterly clueless about an African American character.
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