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Last month I shared a bit of controversy in the geekiverse about a couple of DC Comics characters who were originally black, (well, one was black and the other had a white father and an African-Asian mother, but he definitely had dark skin), who seem to have been re-cast as white; the former with a chalk-white complexion.  So what was up with that?

Well, as I said at the time, I'm not reading comics these days, so I don't really have a dog in this catfight; but since I reported the original controversy here, I might as well pass along the latest development.

The blogsite DC Women Kicking Ass reports that in the latest issue of GREEN ARROW the character of Onyx, is black again, as she was originally.

Apparently her chalky-white appearance in the previous issue was a mistake on the part of the colorist.  Although I can't really all of the blame on the colorist, because the character is drawn with Caucasian features.  But either way, this was a mistake the editor really should have caught.

As Winston Churchill once said about the United States, DC Comics can always be counted on to do the right thing... once they've exhausted all other possible options.

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  •  Tip Jar (10+ / 0-)

    Read my webcomic, "Hannibal Tesla Adventure Magazine" at

    by quarkstomper on Fri Mar 07, 2014 at 05:31:30 PM PST

  •  There's the reverse, too (4+ / 0-)

    On Earth 2, Dr. Fate is now black, and there is a new Kryptonian, apparently being set up to save the day from a Superman working for Darkseid.

    On Earth Prime - the home of standard continuity - we have a second black Green Lantern.

    And over at Marvel, Nick Fury (at least the one we see most often) is black.

    •  Alternate Universe Funnies (7+ / 0-)

      The story behind Nick Fury is a bit complicated.  What am I saying?  He's a comic book character; of course it's complicated.

      The black version of Nick Fury was created for MARVEL ULTIMATES, an Alternate Universe take on the Marvel Universe, running alongside of the regular Marvel line, now called the "616 Universe".  The creators of ULTIMATES decided they wanted Fury to look like Samuel L. Jackson; and the Ultimate Fury proved so popular that when they were preparing for the AVENGERS movie they had to get Jackson to play the part.

      And since there's now a whole generation of AVENGERS fan who regard the Samuel L. Jackson Fury as the real Nick Fury and who never knew him as a white guy who fought in WWII, Marvel has introduced a new character they're calling "Nick Fury, Jr." in their regular line, a black man who is the son of Fury Classic.

      Oh, and there's also a new Spider-Man in the ULTIMATES universe too who is Black-Hispanic.  There was a lot of grousing from certain quarters when he was introduced a couple years ago, but from everything I've heard about him, he's an engaging and well-written character.

      Read my webcomic, "Hannibal Tesla Adventure Magazine" at

      by quarkstomper on Fri Mar 07, 2014 at 06:15:05 PM PST

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  •  Just for fun ... (6+ / 0-)

    ... Fury's Metamorphosis:

    Gabe Jones was one of the original Howling Commandos, shamefully typecast as a bugler. (Look hard behind Captain America near the right hand edge.)

    Nobody was happier than I to see Gabe taking command of the Commandos and SHIELD over time, for whatever reason.

    Millions of us – the majority – must come together to insist that President Obama and the Democrats stand up and fight for the things we sent them there to do ... Michael Moore

    by MT Spaces on Fri Mar 07, 2014 at 07:30:06 PM PST

    •  Millar wanted wide-screen for Ultimates (6+ / 0-)

      and fought for Byran Hitch to work with him (after Bryan's wide-screen style on The Authority, etc.).

      "The Ultimates was the book I wanted to write when I started at Marvel eleven years ago, but the Avengers characters were regarded by management as less commercial than the X-Men and so they offered me Ultimate X-Men instead. The idea was to re-invent their characters for a modern audience and X-Men launched at number one so they trusted me with the Avengers revamp. Even so, they still tried to talk me into a Wolverine book instead as Cap, Thor, Iron Man and Hulk were all, in the company’s eyes, a little less cool."

      "But I always loved them and used what capital I had at the company to push this through and Editor In Chief Joe Quesada was very supportive of me. I told him I wanted Bryan Hitch on art, even though Bryan had just signed with another company, and they moved Heaven and Earth to get him on the project. We really just took all the elements that made The Avengers hard for a mainstream audience to accept and streamlined all the characters into a single book, bringing them under the command of Nick Fury to pull the whole thing together. I’d wanted more ethnically diverse characters in the line and made Nick Fury black, but it was Bryan who came up with the genius idea of Samuel L Jackson to be the face of the character’s reinvention."

      "So, please stay where you are. Don't move and don't panic. Don't take off your shoes! Jobs is on the way."

      by wader on Fri Mar 07, 2014 at 08:07:32 PM PST

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  •  I will not rest until we see a (2+ / 0-)
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    RiveroftheWest, quarkstomper

    black Aqua Man.

    (I might nod off a little if Cliff Robinson can swim on this season of Survivor)

    -9.50/-7.59 - "Why are the missiles called peace-keepers when they're aimed to kill?" -Tracy Chapman

    by Situational Lefty on Fri Mar 07, 2014 at 10:11:11 PM PST

    •  Black Water (2+ / 0-)
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      Well, a black Aquawoman named Marella has been introduced in the EARTH 2 comic, set in an alternate universe.  Not much has been revealed about her yet, but she looks impressive.

      The animated TV series YOUNG JUSTICE had a black Aqualad who was the son of long time Aquaman villain Black Manta.  In the TV series he is one of the group's founders and serves as its leader.  I think he has been introduced into the regular continuity, but I'm not sure about the details.

      Read my webcomic, "Hannibal Tesla Adventure Magazine" at

      by quarkstomper on Sat Mar 08, 2014 at 08:17:26 AM PST

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