Category: dc comics

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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”