at the end of the day theyd rather have a good story, they don't care what ethnicity the writer is and, while this may not apply to all black people, they get uncomfortable when you try to push black characters and creators on them because to them that says all you see them for is their race.
The main thing preventing Black Panther from fulfilling that Batman niche for Marvel is, frankly, Marvel. Whether knowingly or subliminally, Marvel marketing--if not Marvel editorial--sees Panther in a racial context and, thus, as a less “pure” character than, say, Drax the Destroyer or the Sub-Mariner. I don’t mean racism so much as a level of sensitivity and concern for the reader’s ability to identify with and/or respond to these issues.
For example: a line was cut from my contribution to the recent Deadpool marriage issue because Marvel was concerned black readers might be offended. I assured them black fans would not be offended by the line, but I was overruled. Which troubled me because I was an actual black person assuring them black people really aren’t as thin skinned as they (or the corporate hedgehog above Marvel editorial) may think.
Black people have a sense of humor. Deadpool, the character, busts on everybody. It was a violation of his character for him to start pulling his punches just because he was talking to a black person.
Marvel and DC should stop being afraid of letters, afraid of email. The incident struck me as a little silly, that Marvel wasn’t so worried about their black fans as they were perhaps worried about offending the sensibilities of their white fans and/or of ‘Pool coming across as racist.
It wasn’t a racist line. It was, however, the funniest line in the story and they cut it, despite having an actual black person assure them. If they actually understood humor (or black people), they could have run one of those old Stan Lee asterisk captions; *We were assured, by an actual black person, that this line was okay --Ed.
This is what I mean by a creatively compromised environment. This wouldn’t happen at, say, Milestone. They’d say either the line was funny or it wasn’t, Either ‘Pool was in character or out of character, and that would be the only criteria they would use. Larry Hama, my mentor, taught me that humor involves risk. There was rarely an issue of Crazy Magazine we published without being convinced we would be fired for it. Everybody, of every ethnicity, was fair game.
You can't boycott marvel for this. They aren't the writers they are just the publishers. Neither can you boycott the writers they are protected under the first amendment freedom of press and speech. If someone is going to write a comic with a homosexual lead then they will anyone has the freedom to write what they want and you can't make someone write something they don't want to so this boycott is stupid. If you really want a gay lead or a black lead get your ass up and go write the book yourself don't get all pissy because someone isn't expressing what you want to see in a comic in their on work. Sorry for the rant I just don't understand the stupidity of the people in this world.
Marvel is the publisher, and that is who employs the writers. They pick who writes what. The issue being brought up is that they aren't hiring enough minority writers.
First amendment/freedom of speech has nothing to do with this matter.
So your saying there isn't enough gay or black lead characters in the stories or there isn't enough gay or black writers?