Category: dc comics

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500th Post: David F. Walker Syllabus

For a while I have been thinking about a syllabus based on the work of David F. Walker. Recently, I was spurred on to work up a tentative syllabus through a discussion online, and as such, this is what I present to you today. This syllabus is in not way complete. However, it is meant to serve as an introduction to the ways to … Read More 500th Post: David F. Walker Syllabus

David Walker’s “Cyborg” and Identity: Part II

Last post, I started looking at David Walker’s Cyborg, and I noted that his arc, “Unplugged,” is not an origin story about how Victor Stone became Cyborg. Instead, it is an arc chronicling how Victor Stone, as Cyborg, becomes Victor Stone. It’s an arc tracing how Victor Stone becomes visible to his family and society. It’s an arc that, at its core, encapsulates the … Read More David Walker’s “Cyborg” and Identity: Part II

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David F. Walker’s “Cyborg” and Identity

Last January, I posted a syllabus for a “Comics and Race” course that I constructed. At that time, I had not read any of David F. Walker’s work. A few months later, I read Nighthawk, and I was blown away. Nighthawk led me to other series by Walker such as Shaft, Luke Cage, Power Man and Iron Fist, and his recent work Bitter Root. … Read More David F. Walker’s “Cyborg” and Identity

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The Death of Buck Wild

Over the past few posts, I have explored Buck Wild in Dwayne McDuffie and MD Bright’s Icon. Today, I want to conclude that discussion by looking at Icon #30, the one with Buck Wild’s funeral. In many ways, Icon #30 sums up the discussions on the history of representation of Black superheroes that Buck Wild critiques. The entire issue takes place at Buck Wild’s … Read More The Death of Buck Wild

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Buck Wild, the New Icon!

After his initial appearance in Icon #13, some fans asked whether or not Buck Wild would receive his own series. Others asked that the Milestone team update his speech and clothes to fit the 1990s. Ken Harris wrote in stating that “ICON #13 was absolutely ‘Power’-ful! NEVER has a comic make [sic] me laugh so hard. . . . it was truly comical. I … Read More Buck Wild, the New Icon!

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“There’s this old, played-out record”: Buck Wild and the History of Representation

Today, I want to continue the discussion I began in the last post on Buck Wild in Milestone Comics’ Icon. Specifically, I want to look at the ways that Dwyane McDuffie uses Buck Wild as a metonym and commentary on Black comic book characters that appeared in the 1970s. To do this, I am going to focus on Buck Wild’s initial appearance in Icon … Read More “There’s this old, played-out record”: Buck Wild and the History of Representation

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Introducing Your Tour Guide, Buck Wild

Recently, I discussed representation in Milestone Comics’ Icon. Today, I want to continue that discussion by focusing on the character of Buck Wild in the Icon series. Buck Wild originally appeared in Icon #13, and as Dwayne McDuffie has made clear, he serves as a commentary on the Black characters that appeared in mainstream comics’ during the 1970s onward. As Rebecca Wanzo notes, “By … Read More Introducing Your Tour Guide, Buck Wild

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“All you got to do is do it”: Todd Loomis and Icon

Last Thursday, I wrote about Milestone Comic’s Icon and representation. Today, I want to continue that discussion by focusing on Icon #11, “What I did on my vacation.” Throughout Icon, discussions of representation, specifically within comic books and popular media constantly appear. Icon #11 directly focuses on this by having a 4th grader, Todd Loomis, narrate the issue.

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“What do you stand for?” Icon, Rocket, and Representation

In 1993, Dwayne McDuffie, Denys Cowan, Michael Davis, and Derek T. Dingle, and Christopher Priest founded Milestone Media, an imprint that worked to bring greater representation to comics. They achieved this through the creation of characters such as the Blood Syndicate, Hardware, Static, Icon, and Rocket. Today, I want to look at a couple of issues of Icon, specifically issues #1 and #11. Each of … Read More “What do you stand for?” Icon, Rocket, and Representation

The Master Narrative in Alan Moore’s “Swamp Thing”

Last post, I wrote about some of the Gothic elements in issues #41 and #42 of Alan Moore’s Swamp Thing and the repetition of the “unsuccessfully repressed.” Today, I want to continue that discussion some by looking at the conclusion of issue #42, “Strange Fruit.” Rather than breaking with the past by burning the roots of hate and prejudice, the space shifts from Robertaland … Read More The Master Narrative in Alan Moore’s “Swamp Thing”

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Comics and Race Syllabus

Over the past couple of years, I have really started to dive into comics and graphic novels. Initially, I would just look through the local library to find books on the shelf. Here, I found texts such as Southern Bastards, Scalped,┬áBayou, I Am Alfonso Jones, and more. Since then, I have started looking at these texts more, especially series such as Black Panther and … Read More Comics and Race Syllabus