A Brief Comment on Diversity in Comic Books

'Now that I gathered you all here, I want to talk about our "no Atlanteans" policy...'

Resnik here…

Get. Over. It.

Comics change.

So do characters.

Characters and titles that have changed.

Sometimes drastically.

Black Green Lantern. 1971

Black Captain America. 2014

Female Captain Marvel. 1977

Female Black Captain Marvel. 1982

Female Muslim Ms. Marvel. 2013

Black/Hispanic Spider-Man. 2011

Female Captain America. 1999

Black Kid Flash. 2011

Black Batman. 2011

DC is much more reluctant to change a title as drastically or to introduce a new titular character as Marvel, but both have made leaps and bounds to draw the comics closer to reality.

Then there are cases where a writer changes, and a character is written to have a social aspect that was not previously explored.

A social nerd group I am a member of, as well as Jesse, recently experienced an unseasoned comic readers outrage of the announcement that Deadpool is Pansexual.


Get over it.

It’s not news.

Characters change. Sometimes more is revealed. It is fiction. Nothing is set in stone. Much like reality. Change constantly happens.

A man of 50 years discovers he is attracted and has a romantic relationship with another man. It happens.

A young woman discovers she doesn’t have a spiritual belief and maybe doesn’t care to. It happens.

An old man discovers his feeling about his concept of G-d, the universe, and the way he has treated all those I his life, is not what it seems. LIFE happens.

Why is it people take such exception to fictional characters?

Society as a whole is an ever-changing, dare I say, evolving, consciousness.




So should our literature.