Cultural sensitivity in comics.

§ April 20th, 2004 § Filed under Uncategorized Comments Off on Cultural sensitivity in comics.

Okay, granted, it was the mid-1940s, but sheesh. Be glad I didn’t post any Walter Lantz’s “L’il Eightball” panels from the issues of New Funnies I was looking at. Hoo, boy.

I wish I could remember what comic this was, but one of the “kid gang” comics from the 1940s, while portraying the black member of the group in the story itself as a perfectly normal looking young man, had him as an “Ebony”-esque caricature on the front cover. Was that to grab the elusive racist demographic that would otherwise be put off by treating a member of a minority group as, oh, say, a respected human being?

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