Posts tagged: DC Comics
“Bookplate” illustrations from DC Comics’ dystopian re-imagining of its classic Silver Age science fiction properties, Twilight, illustrated masterfully by the peerless Jose Luis Garcia Lopez.
A little Damian doodle I did last night.
Captain Marvel Jr is up next. In this monologue, I tried to address the obvious issue with Junior - Crippled by Captain Nazi, he requires crutches to walk. So why doesn’t he stay in his magical superhero form all the time?
I know what you’re thinking. You’re thinking:
“Freddy, you’ve got a magic word, right? And when you say your magic word, you become the world’s mightiest boy, don’t you? You’re strong! You can fly! You can run… walk … you don’t need your crutches. There’s no more pain.”
You’re thinking why don’t I just say the word once and for all, and never go back to being like this ever again. Listen. I’ve spent years fighting all sorts of villains and monsters, and many of them were once just men …men who had a magic word or a magic potion that gave them amazing powers.
And at some point, every one of them thought “Why ever go back to being a normal man ever again when I could have the powers of a god? Why ever be human again?”
And that’s when they changed. That’s when they went from man to monster.
It was a man like that – a man who turned his back on everything that made him human – who did this to me. He took from me the use of my legs. He took from me my family. So if that’s my choice - having all the power in the world, becoming a monster - I’d rather stay human as much as possible …and be a man.
learn the history of this cover and why Dwayne McDuffie was freakin amazing as a human being.
The cover isn’t even that explicit. And it even has condoms!
I remember hearing Mr. McDuffie talking about that. People are afraid of Black folks being affectionate towards each other?
*sigh* America … am I right?
Here’s McDuffie’s quote from the linked article:
“Here’s the sad part, if I had commissioned a cover where Daisy was wearing a thong and kicking one leg high in the air so everybody could get a really good look at her crotch, or if she had her back to the camera and her spine arched at an improbable angle toaccentuate her ass, or if her enormous breasts, miraculously immune to the effects of gravity, were positioned so you couldn’t quite tell whether those shadows were her nipples, there would be no problem. Problem>? Heck, we’d probably have a “hot book” on our hands.”
It fucking kills me that he’s gone. Comics are so, so much less for it.
As someone who has only been following comics for a couple of years, learning about everything McDuffie has done and missing out on all that seems really unfair.
In this video, starting around 4:50, McDuffie explains a little more about the situation surrounding this cover.
Essentially, he says that this was one of the few big problems Milestone had with working with DC, and that the issue of sexuality wasn’t the problem, but the idea of black sexuality was too foreign and thus too uncomfortable of an idea.