After that, scandal! Grape Ape is found to have been performing in purpleface all these years!
Posted by: mikeski at Tue Jul 18 19:26:51 2017 (JlqQx)
Look it up, the Flinstones comic was apparently extremely grim, written from the perspective of the animals captured and enslaved to be their household appliances. (The grieving over the death of the vacuum-cleaner baby mammoth was supposed to be very touching).
Posted by: Mauser at Tue Jul 18 20:18:01 2017 (TYvUn)
DC saw how Marvel threw up a big middle finger to their fans and decided they wanted some of that, I guess.
Posted by: Rick C at Wed Jul 19 12:55:42 2017 (ITnFO)
As you say, some of those, particularly Captain Hydra, were just gestures of contempt towards the fandom, but a gay Snagglepuss doesn't really change...anything.
The Suicide Squad crossover with the Bananna Splits is certainly cause for concern, but on the whole this thing strikes me as silly and bizarre as opposed to the very hatefull vibe I've gotten from some of these re-boots.
A lot of this that's being done, especially with older properties...I think we've just gone beyond any of it mattering. On the public stage, anyway, most of the public considers it all farce or intended insult regardless. When all given actions of a particular intent or character are no longer taken seriously except by those that engage in those actions...the action has no power. You could turn Superman into crack-smoking, evil, lesbian Nazi engineered from Ronald Reagan's ashes...no more people are going to get upset than would get upset by a much lesser offense. I think we've been "shocked" numb already.
Posted by: Ben at Wed Jul 19 21:40:10 2017 (S4UJw)
Yeah, I pretty much stopped paying attention to these gimmicks when Marvel dug deep into the archives and made one of their Old West heroes gay. They're hoping for praise and outrage, but I can't even muster up an eye-roll any more.