TOO BAD if you’re a writer wanting to mark your place in comic book history, because “Disco-Dancing Clark Kent” has already been done.
SUPERMAN FAMILY #196. July-August 1979. “Super-Disco Fever!” Written by Cary Burkett, Penciled by Kurt Schaffenberger, Inked by Dan Adkins.
Clark Kent is taken to a discotheque by his fan club and discovers that a madman has hidden several bombs beneath the dance floor.
He slyly uses his super-powers to disarm each one, using only the raw propulsive musk-scented power of … his moves.
(“Shake your bootie?”)
My commission from Joe Quinones from Boston Comic Con! Isn’t this the most handsome discowing you’ve ever seen? :) Thanks, Joe!
Commission done for me by the amazing effarstudioproductions!
Please go check out her commission info here.
Pictured is the of the Bat-Family line-up I’m most fond of, from my formative comics-reading years, around the late 1990’s to early 2000’s.
Left to right (as if you couldn’t guess): Babs, Dick, Steph, Tim, Cass, Bruce, Alfred
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They do realize people are usually referring to the comics, not the movies?
you mean like DC which has two prominent characters right now named “Superman” who are black? Or how the Batfamily has had leads that range from black man to lesbian former soldier to an upcoming series where the two leads are women of color? Where about half of the batbooks are led by people who aren’t white dudes? Or how there’s been a team of all women in the DCU for the past 15 years and even had a TV show based on the team? where DC has 7 female writers to Marvel’s 3?
Everyone fawns at Marvel for their progressiveness but the only thing they have is better PR
You bring up female Thor? When Wonder Woman has been around since the 40s? Plus, that “Wonder Woman is not a feminist” wasn’t even what the guy said.
And I honestly doubt that “Thor is a woman; Cap is black” will last.
Yeah the comic Birds of Prey had existed for a long time and had a TV series (although it wasn’t successful) before you boast about Agent Carter.
A lot has been written about Barbara Gordon and what she did for the representation of people with disabilities in comics. So I won’t bore you with all my views on the matter.
Suffice to say Barbara Gordon became, in almost 30 years of comic history, a shining example of how there are many ways to fight for what is right, not just in a uniform. And how courage is not jumping in front of a bullet - it’s picking yourself up after the bullet hits its mark.
She is also probably the strongest, most consistent and valued female character to ever appear in comics. But that’s just my opinion.
Ya know something interesting about the Marvel/DC ‘rivalry’ on tumblr?
Everyone acts like DC is this super regressive company compared to Marvel when DC really did more progressive stuff first and is still doing so.
Women as heroes?
DC’s had Wonder Woman as one of their three major heroes forever, but everyone ignores that because “But she doesn’t have a movie yet” (more on that later)
While Marvel can claim the first black hero in comics with Black Panther, DC actually had heroes talking explicitly about race with John Stewart and Hal Jordan, and did a lot of issues with progressiveism and liberalism vs convsativism in the Green Arrow/Green Lantern series (including a black person calling out Hal on how little he did to fight oppression on earth as he did the rest of the universe), and Green Arrow and Hawkeye arguing politics was a common thread of their time on the JLA together.
Black Lightning was the first African-American superhero with no criminal record (Luke Cage did get his powers in prison, it’s kinda stereotypical)
DC itself actually funded and published Milestone comics, a comics company entirely devoted to more diverse comics. If you’ve ever heard of Static you owe DC comics.
Marvel has never had anything even remotely equivalent.
When it comes to LGBT stuff, DC comics had a lesbian Batwoman and a lesbian woman taking over from a male hero in The Question.
While not a hero explicitly DC has a transwoman supporting character in Batgirl. (And I’m not even counting the trans characters in Vertigo books.)
It has Alan Scott being gay inthe Nu52 continuity,
I know Grace Choi was bisexual pre-reboot (I don’t know the current status)
Had a gay black teen hero in the Superboy & the Ravers comic in the 90s, as well as the character of Obsidian who was a major supporting character in the JSA.
The idea of characters of color or a different gender taking the place of legacy characters is nothing new for DC.
Like I mentioned, a lesbian Latin@ became the Question, there was an asian woman hero Doctor Light, a black woman Doctor Midnight, a Latina became the new Wildcat.
Now I mentioned I’d get back to movies later on and, let’s look at DC & Marvels movies in terms of ethnicity here, most notably the recent casting rumors.
Dwayne “The Rock” Johnson basically said he’d be playing Shazam.
Shazam, a previously white hero, played by a Black & Samoan man.
Aquaman, if rumors are to be believed, will be played by Jason Momoa.
Aquaman, a white blonde haired, blue eyed hero, played by a Samoan man.
Meanwhile over at Marvel….Well Falcon and Rhodey get to exist, but they’re up to this point still just little more than sidekicks to the white heroes in the movies.
Marvel makes a movie about a superhero team and goes “Yeah, everyone is still white as they were in the 1960s.”
DC looks at their superhero team and says “We need to make the team more diverse, even if it means changing the race of the heroes” and people act like they’re some super regressive company.
I’m fine with folks preferring one company over the other.
I’m fine with folks being excited Marvel is having legacy characters change race and/or gender with who gets to pick up the legacy.
But as a lifelong comic fan it’s kinda annoying to see people praising Marvel as super progressive for doing shit DC did in the 80s and still does to this day.
Especially when with Marvel it’s coming across far more as a blatant publicity grabs.
Also it looks like Cyborg is definitely going to be in the Justice League film. I mean, I don’t think it’s going to be a good film, lol (Zach Snyder uuuugh) but I can’t help noting that his presence alone is would make the team more diverse than the Avengers.
Plus this makes me think of how there was a POC Batgirl long before Kamala Khan was a twinkle in anyone’s eye. Even Batgirl Beyond, Nissa (who is gr9), predates Kamala, but news about her seemed to fly under the radar, which is a pity.
(Also of course Damian Wayne, Robin, is/was also a POC)
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