Soon after I published “Let’s Rewrite Some History”: Captain Marvel & Feminist Revisionism, Apex Magazine‘s editor-in-chief solicited me to write some non-fiction for their magazine, which focuses on science fiction, fantasy and horror. The magazine mostly prints fiction and poetry, but publishes two or three non-fiction pieces in each monthly issue.
I had been considering writing about Tyroc for this blog for some time, but since Apex pays and I saw this as an opportunity to spread the word about my work here and elsewhere, I submitted “Black Communities of the 30th Century: Racial Assimilation and Ahistoricity in Superhero Comics,” which you can read here in the June 2014 issue. I haven’t gotten a chance to read the other stories and articles in this issue yet, but it does include a re-print of Kelly Link’s fantastic story “The Faery Handbag” (available only to paying customers).
Unfortunately, since Apex sells their magazine, I was unable to include all the images from the comics properties I discuss in the article without getting the explicit permission of DC and Marvel. However, here on this not-for-profit blog, such limitations are less of a concern, as any images used here should fall under “fair use.” As such, I have posted the images here that I would have liked to include there so readers can check them out.