When Marvel Comics first announced a new Spiderman who is half-Hispanic and half-African-American—from the popular Peter Parker to a New Yorker, Miles Morales—back in 2011, radio host Glen Beck shared his thoughts on the matter. Beck argued that Michelle Obama was behind the creation of the biracial superhero. On this radio show, Beck said, “Do I care if he’s half-Hispanic, all Hispanic? No. Half-black, all black? I don’t care. However, what I do care about is that I think a lot of this stuff is being done intentionally.”
Todd McFarlane, Len Wein, and Gerry Conway were supposed to be promoting a new PBS documentary in Los Angeles in Wednesday. Instead, they put on a clinic in why superhero comics are so male, and so white—and how entitled the people who created those characters can be.
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