The blinding whiteness of comic books

“Superhero comics were developed in the cultural context of ’60s America,” he says, “where it was just normal for all the characters to be white. When Stan Lee included a black character, Gabe Jones, in Sgt. Fury and the Howling Commandos, he actually had to tell the color separators that this character was supposed to be black, because the default assumption was that every character would be white.” Kashtan adds that, “This default assumption of whiteness is no longer acceptable.” [link]

From Noah Berlatsky’s essay “The Incoherent Backlashes to Black Actors Playing ‘White’ Superheroes” in the Atlantic online


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