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Old 10-28-16, 01:30 PM
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Use of Derogatory/Racist words in comics

I was wondering if any other comic books besides Green Lantern/Green Arrow #85 used racist words before everything became politically correct. I was just curious since this is the only book I have that is like that which isn't for mature readers. It even has the Comic Code Approval stamp on the cover. It's obvious the book was from a time when people had different thoughts on what is appropriate for children.

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Old 10-28-16, 02:03 PM
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Re: Use of Derogatory/Racist words in comics

Kitty Pryde has been free with the N-word a few times



And in WWII, Superman wasn't super PC

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^^^ Which issue of X-Men is that. I'm sure I have it.
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Does Pieface from early Green Lantern count?
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^^^ Which issue of X-Men is that. I'm sure I have it.
Not sure about the exact issue, but that's John Romita Jr art, so it's probably from around 180-210. Wouldn't surprise me if it's a later issue, around 200-210.
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Old 10-28-16, 11:27 PM
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Am I missing something here? Is the term "junkie" racist or is there some other scene inside of the comic itself?
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^^^ Which issue of X-Men is that. I'm sure I have it.
It's from one of the Secret Wars II tie-ins. Either X-Men #196, 202 or 203.




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Old 10-29-16, 06:55 AM
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Am I missing something here? Is the term "junkie" racist or is there some other scene inside of the comic itself?
Since when did the forum stop censoring the "j" word?
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Am I missing something here? Is the term "junkie" racist or is there some other scene inside of the comic itself?
Inside the comic.


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Re: Use of Derogatory/Racist words in comics

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Not sure about the exact issue, but that's John Romita Jr art, so it's probably from around 180-210. Wouldn't surprise me if it's a later issue, around 200-210.
I believe it was 196. She also used it in God Loves, Man Kills.

She's basically the Mark Fuhrman of the X-Men.
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I believe it was 196. She also used it in God Loves, Man Kills.

She's basically the Mark Fuhrman of the X-Men.
And also during a speech in an issue of New Mutants (maybe one of the 40s, 45 or 46?) when she ran down a list of racial slurs.
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It's from one of the Secret Wars II tie-ins. Either X-Men #196, 202 or 203.





Maybe not "racist" but definitely not PC.
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And also during a speech in an issue of New Mutants (maybe one of the 40s, 45 or 46?) when she ran down a list of racial slurs.
And I just read a Bendis issue of XMen where Kitty's proclaiming she was super hurt by a friend saying something antisemetic when she was young...
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And also during a speech in an issue of New Mutants (maybe one of the 40s, 45 or 46?) when she ran down a list of racial slurs.
That was #45. The teen suicide issue. Probably one of the most memorable issues from that run.
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That was #45. The teen suicide issue. Probably one of the most memorable issues from that run.
Even with the serious tone of the story I don't think they could get away with it today in comics not made for mature readers.

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I had no idea Sabretooth was Jewish.

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I had no idea Sabretoothnwas Jewish.
This was the first thing I thought of when I saw the thread (because I have this issue). This was recalled because of the offending word. Was supposed to be "killer", which I assume is in the properly re-released copies. Sadly, so many "bad" copies got out that didn't get recalled that the value of the recalled issue is crap. (crap! )
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Maybe not "racist" but definitely not PC.
Well, the basis for this issue is the critically acclaimed Black Like Me book, so I don't believe this issue was politically incorrect.
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Basis doesn't always mean well executed, but I don't know if I ever actually read that issue.
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Old 11-01-16, 01:49 AM
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Well, the basis for this issue is the critically acclaimed Black Like Me book, so I don't believe this issue was politically incorrect.
Well, it wasn't well received by those that can't escape what the writer wrote about....
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I thought that book was controversial because of the reference to the film I Am Curious (Yellow), which was banned as pornographic in places.
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Wow, Kitty Pryde seemed to almost be autistic or have a form of Tourettes.
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