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Tuesday, January 27, 2009

Obama to the Rescue?

I have a new piece on FOXNews.com, on Barack Obama's possible impact on the dearth of black superheroes in popular culture. The rendering to the left was drawn by Jerry Craft, creator of "Mama's Boyz," exclusively for us at FOXNews.


Russell said...

Does anybody remember the Brown Hornet, from Fat Albert?

Dan said...

Dr. Marc Lamont Hill is president? Damn, does he have some toned thighs.

Kwiz Shizter said...
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Kwiz Shizter said...

Spawn (Remember him...they made a movie about him and he was Black in it.), Storm (She's an X-Men. A lieutenant in charge of a whole team, no doubt), Green Lantern (Possibly one of the most powerful super heroes in DC Comics. OK. Maybe you missed his byline.), Bishop (Another lieutenant in the X-Men), Synch(Said to be potentially the most powerful mutant in the Marvel Universe), Static (Top selling comic hero in an all Black comic book studio, Milestone)

An expansion on the significance of these superhero icons would have easily sedated me upon reading your recent article. Truth be known, you're probably not in any way remotely interested in comics or comic-lore, which makes me curious as to why you felt able or interested in writing a piece dealing with it.

Also, the difference between comic strips and comic books is something I would expect an Ivy League alumni to know the difference between. As the former arts and entertainment editor for the Cornell Daily Sun you should feel a little ashamed for letting that error slip by. This difference is significant.

Question. Did you do any research? Was this another time-stamped and greenlit Fox-ploitation piece?

I wonder what Jerry Craft, the artist who drew the "Obamanation" image you ran with the piece, thinks about this piece.

Oh, wait...I emailed him and this is what he had to say about it.

"Well it definitely wasn't researched. It made it seem as if the idea for Black superheroes did not exist before Obama."

Funny. It goes on.

"I was asked three questions via email then asked to submit what I thought a Black hero would be like in the Obama era, so I used ideas based on that assignment.

"I guess for Fox to even admit there can be Black heroes in the first place was as far as they are willing to go."

Yikes. Pardon me, but it doesn't seem like he feels like you took his quotes quite in context. Is this this how you as a journalist would want to be represented?

As a journalist myself, I was taught that keeping your integrity as a reporter of truth is of the highest priority. In most cases it can save or ruin your career.

I know we're just talking comics here, but don't you feel a little out of pocket with slighting the public with subtle deceptions the comic world?