I drew AND wrote a very special Wolverine Memorial Edition of Comics, Everybody!
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Also, it was colored by all around great guy and recent houseguest of mine, jordangibson!
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anyone know what this is from?
"Judgement Day" by EC Comics. From wikipedia:
The story depicted a human astronaut, a representative of the Galactic Republic, visiting the planet Cybrinia inhabited by robots. He finds the robots divided into functionally identical orange and blue races, one of which has fewer rights and privileges than the other. The astronaut decides that due to the robots’ bigotry, the Galactic Republic should not admit the planet. In the final panel, he removes his helmet, revealing himself to be a black man.
Apparently the Comics Code Authority tried to prevent the author from making the main character black.
Boy did they! It took the writer (and the company) threatening the CCA with a lawsuit and telling the guy to fuck off (literally) to get this thing printed:
Comic Historian Digby Diehl recounted in Tales from the Crypt: The Official Archives:
This really made ‘em go bananas in the Code czar’s office. ‘Judge Murphy was off his nut. He was really out to get us’, recalls [EC editor] Feldstein. ‘I went in there with this story and Murphy says, “It can’t be a Black man”. But … but that’s the whole point of the story!’ Feldstein sputtered. When Murphy continued to insist that the Black man had to go, Feldstein put it on the line. ‘Listen’, he told Murphy, ‘you’ve been riding us and making it impossible to put out anything at all because you guys just want us out of business’. [Feldstein] reported the results of his audience with the czar to Gaines, who was furious [and] immediately picked up the phone and called Murphy. ‘This is ridiculous!’ he bellowed. ‘I’m going to call a press conference on this. You have no grounds, no basis, to do this. I’ll sue you’. Murphy made what he surely thought was a gracious concession. ‘All right. Just take off the beads of sweat’. At that, Gaines and Feldstein both went ballistic. ‘Fuck you!’ they shouted into the telephone in unison. Murphy hung up on them, but the story ran in its original form.
You know, it’s times like this that I am deeply comforted, knowing that history isn’t just everyone being nice and polite and better than the current generation. Sometimes it really is just people bellowing swear words over the phone to get shit done.
For people interested in the history of comics, this is one of the most famous, most infuriating stories of the publishing industry
"A friend of mine asked me recently, was I gonna go see the new Batman movie with him. But I don’t respect the concept of Batman because of what I understand about politics now. I’mma lay it out for you: rich dude owns a corporation with state of the art equipment, and he uses this to beat up on street level crime. He doesn’t mess with the industrialists, or the super capitalists, or the Murdochs, or the Trumps. He really just fucks with the person that’s on the corner. Batman is a conservative’s wet dream. Fuck Batman."
Reginald D. Hunter (via pussy-envy)
(clipped, see previous post)
Yeah, while I can kinda see where some critics of The Dark Knight Rises are coming from when they say it’s thematically fascist, I tend to chalk it up to Nolan being pretty apolitical and Goyer being ignorant.
The above conversation’s also come at a time when I’ve realized, while I don’t hate Bruce, I really don’t care about Batman as a character in general. It’s the DCAU Batman that is one of my favorite characters.
I remember being young and seeing that B:TAS episode where he finds all the homeless children living in the sewers and being forced to steal for the Fagin-like villain (“The Underdwellers”), and I think it was the first time I ever saw a superhero being actively compassionate and righteously outraged. rather than just punching bad people. That’s the Batman I love.
Yeah, there is something a little off, I guess, about how Bane is accurate and right on the money in that the peace and justice of the past years in Gotham has been earned through lies generated by Batman and Gordon to preserve Harvey’s image, and that the people are expected to return to the previous state of things despite any genuine and justified outrage they may hold, but I think that was more just Nolan wanting to tie a neat bow on everything and not really thinking it through. Sure, Bane’s using it to his advantage, but he is right when he explains and details the corruption of the system keeping people underfoot… Not that it justifies his release of the unrepentant Blackgate inmates.
And yeah, comics!Batman doesn’t interest me much unless he’s written by Dini - while I’m currently enjoying the Snyder/Capullo run, it’s largely for the takes on the varying villains, who are all more interesting than Batman himself, and Batman Eternal has Harper and Steph, both of whom interest me more. The Keaton Batman, despite the brutality, and the DCAU Batman interest me much more than the normal comics version. And yeah, the Underdwellers is kind-of a shocking episode in some respects given the nature of the villain. I remember being surprised by Batman’s dismissal of the villain’s potential death by sewer alligator but suppose that Batman almost certainly wouldn’t mourn someone like that, and when the same villain nearly gets run over by a train, I distinctly remember Batman’s speech where he details what the justice system is going to do to but then adds that he’s ‘sorely tempted to finish the job himself’, and… Yeah. That’s great stuff. The DCAU did a lot of good stuff. Best Joker. Best Batman.
(Source: the-man-from-hell-monte, via weareallwintersoldiers)
"I wanted to … make [Rorschach] as like, ‘this is what Batman would be in the real world’. But I have forgotten that actually to a lot of comic fans, ‘smelling’, ‘not having a girlfriend’, these are actually kind of heroic! So Rorschach became the most popular character in Watchmen. I made him to be a bad example. But I have people come up to me in the street and saying: ‘I AM Rorschach. That is MY story’. And I’d be thinking: ‘Yeah, great. Could you just, like, keep away from me, never come anywhere near me again as long as I live?’"