Race and Representations presented in “Relevant comics”Green Lantern/Green Arrow

This post will be looking at race and representation. These theories and concepts will be analysed and applied to the 1970s “Relevant comics” of Green Lantern/Green Arrow created by comic writer Denny O’Neil and artist Neal Adams.

Starting with Green Lantern/Green Arrow vol. 2 #76, writer Denny O’Neil introduce racism, something that was still politically relevant in the decade of the 70s. “In his work, Cone acknowledges that racism harms whites yet he emphasizes that the need to recognize the difference between the hurt oppressors feel and the pain of the oppressed”. (Hooks 1992, p 9) In the issue an old African-American explains how he’s read that Hal has helped several different races and species in outer space, but how he’s forgotten to help the black skinned race. This revolutionised the character of Hal Jordan because Denny O’Neil highlighted that racism should be seen and talked about by the young generation of readers that were growing up in a racially divided America.

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In issue’s epilogue, Green Arrow advises Hal to not be a puppet of the guardians of Oa and to remember America for the beautiful country that it is. He details somewhat of a history lesson to both Hal and the readers as he explains how both Martin Luther King Jr and President JFK, where both good men of their respected races and how they both fell. The art of this panel, beautifully illustrated the haunting message, that Denny O’Neil wanted readers to take to heart.

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Vol. 2 #87, saw the introduction of John Steward; who would become a fan favourite through the Justice League animated cartoons (2001-2006).“The oppositional black culture that emerged in the context of apartheid and segregation has been one of the few locations that has provided a space for the kind of decolonization that makes loving blackness possible” (Hooks 1992, p 9). With the creation of John Stewart, O’Neil chose to represent him coming from the state of Detroit Michigan. The reason for this is prior to the 70s, Detroit suffered major problems which included; job losses, unemployment, increased crime and riots.Throughout the issue both Hal and John have conflicts with each other, with their opposing racial ideologies. It is in the last page of the issue where Hal’s bigotries about John is proven wrong. Both Hal and the readers are shown that black people are not defined by the their backgrounds or the negative representations the media has of them.

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With #79, O’Neil touched upon Native American culture and rights, “often it is only in the realm of fiction that this reality can be acknowledged, that the unspeakable can be named”, (Hooks 1992, p 12).The issue represents how Native Americans, are trying to keep and preserve their land from the “colonizing force” (Hooks 1992, p 12) of the white people who are trying to drive them out and take it from them. It is throughout the actions of both Green Lantern and Green Arrow, where they were helping “erase the horrors that white racists, had perpetrated against the red people” (Hooks 1992, p 12). O’Neil once gain presents a history lesson, by highlighting and detailing the struggles Native American’s were facing in the 70s.

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INFOGRAPHIC #4: STARK INDUSTRIES

For my final infographic I have decided to make an invitation flyer in the marvel comics universe of a Stark Industries expo; hosted by CEO and superhero Anthony ‘Tony’ Stark/ The Invincible Ironman. This final infographic is quite humours because it shows a program of whats happening at the fictitious expo and has some easter eggs and references to Marvel comics and the Ironman mythology.

Enjoy:

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Top 5 Spider-Man Costumes

Having just recently watched Captain America: Civil War, I can honestly say that I loved it and to me it is one of the best films of the MCU. The part I loved the best was the debut of my favourite Marvel Comics character Spider-Man, played by new actor Tom Holland. I loved everything about his performance; his geekiness, his awkwardness, his back-and-fourth banter with actor Robert Downey Jr and  I especially love the newly designed  costume he wore. In this post I will be discussing my top five Spider-Man costumes I love that Peter Parker has worn over the years.

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INFOGRAPHIC #2: Spider-Man

With the release of Captain America: Civil War a few days away and the anticipated debut of Spiderman in Marvel’s Cinematic Universe, I have created this rather funny and brilliant tie-in infographic showing The Daily Bugle’s reaction to the second trailer which was released on 10/05/16

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Batman: Year One

Batman: Year One is an acclaimed Batman graphic novel and storyarc written by Frank Miller known for his critically acclaimed works such as; Daredevil, Sin City and The Dark Knight Returns, and drawn by artist David Mazzucchelli. In my opinion this is an essential and the definitive origin of The Dark Knight. The story was released in the 1980s, a decade which saw a growing increase in; crime, poverty, corruption, violence and political commentary on nuclear warfare in America. In the comic industry a new wave of writers and artist would appear and represent these issues in several critical acclaimed comics such as; Watchmen (Alan Moore & Dave Gibbons), The Dark Knight Returns (Frank Miller) and The Sandman (Neil Gaiman). This movement would become famously known as The British Invasion of comics, as writers of British origin; Alan Moore, Grant Morrison and Neil Gaiman, to name a few saw themselves being recruited by DC comics to take over from their American predecessors. The writers’ stories and writing style would also see the transition of Comic Books being called Graphic Novels because of their mature content.

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History of The Justice League

The day has finally come after years of development, DC comics has united both their biggest figures. The Dark Knight and The Man of Steel have come together onto the silver screen in an epic showdown and eventually partnership, commonly dubbed “World’s Finest”. Not far behind them is the long awaited debut of the immortal Amazon warrior; Wonder Woman. Together they unite to form the DC trinity. The appearance of DC’s most popular and universally acclaimed characters in 2016’s Batman V Superman: Dawn of Justice, marks the first time all three character have appeared together in the same film. The film is also a first for DC as they will finally introduce the popular team; The Justice League  in their debut film, which is to be set after the events of this film. Cameos and references are said to be included showing some of the founding members of The Justice League.

The Justice League first appeared in the comic book series; The Brave and The Bold #28 (1960), their creation proved to be a huge success for DC comics, as the team’s lineup was made up of DC popular superhero who were published at the time. Superman, Batman, Wonder Woman, Martian Manhunter, Green Lantern, The Flash and Aquaman would band together to fight earthy, supernatural and extraterrestrial threats becoming America and Earth’s greatest team.

Throughout the years the team would expand their ranks enlisting other superhero across the DC universe, several spinoff teams such as; Justice League International would be created which gave b and c list superheroes a chance to shine. The original seven would always remain as they became known as DC first Justice League. Each original member of The Justice League stand out in their own way as they each represent the ideologies and motivations that they hold and show to the world. Continue reading “History of The Justice League”