Images for “Black Communities of the 30th Century: Racial Assimilation and Ahistoricity in Superhero Comics” in the June 2014 Issue of Apex Magazine

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Superboy, Starring the Legion of Super-Heroes #216 (from April 1976). The introduction of Tyroc.

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.

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“Marzal. . .populated entirely by a black race that wants nothing to do with the outside world!”

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Tyroc. Only DC’s second black superhero, whose super power is that he is loud and has a “miraculous voice.”

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The “terrible ion storm” is a proleptic echo of Hurricane Katrina.

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To the Legion, Tyroc sounds “bitter.”

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“When it comes to race, we’re color-blind!”

Poor Tyroc. He was introduced to the Legion just to be its whipping boy.

Poor Tyroc. He was introduced to the Legion just to be its whipping boy.

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Legion of Super-Heroes #265 (July 1980). Marzal disappears forever.

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Black Lightning’s choice is to either fight “in the gutters” of his own community or join the dominant superhero culture. (from Black Lightning Vol 1 #7 – November 1977)

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Black Goliath’s inner-monologue: “As a bona-fide, grade A, all-American super-hero, you are one–big–joke!” (from Black Goliath #3 – June 1976)

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Luke Cage explains his NYC mayor-inspired “Impact Super-Hero work.” (from New Avengers vol . 1 #17 – May 2006). Click on image to see full page.

3 thoughts on “Images for “Black Communities of the 30th Century: Racial Assimilation and Ahistoricity in Superhero Comics” in the June 2014 Issue of Apex Magazine

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