Ya know something interesting about the Marvel/DC ‘rivalry’ on tumblr?
Everyone acts like DC is this super regressive company compared to Marvel when DC really did more progressive stuff first and is still doing so.
Women as heroes?
DC’s had Wonder Woman as one of their three major heroes forever, but everyone ignores that because “But she doesn’t have a movie yet” (more on that later)
While Marvel can claim the first black hero in comics with Black Panther, DC actually had heroes talking explicitly about race with John Stewart and Hal Jordan, and did a lot of issues with progressiveism and liberalism vs convsativism in the Green Arrow/Green Lantern series (including a black person calling out Hal on how little he did to fight oppression on earth as he did the rest of the universe), and Green Arrow and Hawkeye arguing politics was a common thread of their time on the JLA together.
Black Lightning was the first African-American superhero with no criminal record (Luke Cage did get his powers in prison, it’s kinda stereotypical)
DC itself actually funded and published Milestone comics, a comics company entirely devoted to more diverse comics. If you’ve ever heard of Static you owe DC comics.
Marvel has never had anything even remotely equivalent.
When it comes to LGBT stuff, DC comics had a lesbian Batwoman and a lesbian woman taking over from a male hero in The Question.
While not a hero explicitly DC has a transwoman supporting character in Batgirl. (And I’m not even counting the trans characters in Vertigo books.)
It has Alan Scott being gay inthe Nu52 continuity,
I know Grace Choi was bisexual pre-reboot (I don’t know the current status)
Had a gay black teen hero in the Superboy & the Ravers comic in the 90s, as well as the character of Obsidian who was a major supporting character in the JSA.
The idea of characters of color or a different gender taking the place of legacy characters is nothing new for DC.
Like I mentioned, a lesbian Latin@ became the Question, there was an asian woman hero Doctor Light, a black woman Doctor Midnight, a Latina became the new Wildcat.
Now I mentioned I’d get back to movies later on and, let’s look at DC & Marvels movies in terms of ethnicity here, most notably the recent casting rumors.
Dwayne “The Rock” Johnson basically said he’d be playing Shazam.
Shazam, a previously white hero, played by a Black & Samoan man.
Aquaman, if rumors are to be believed, will be played by Jason Momoa.
Aquaman, a white blonde haired, blue eyed hero, played by a Samoan man.
Meanwhile over at Marvel….Well Falcon and Rhodey get to exist, but they’re up to this point still just little more than sidekicks to the white heroes in the movies.
Marvel makes a movie about a superhero team and goes “Yeah, everyone is still white as they were in the 1960s.”
DC looks at their superhero team and says “We need to make the team more diverse, even if it means changing the race of the heroes” and people act like they’re some super regressive company.
I’m fine with folks preferring one company over the other.
I’m fine with folks being excited Marvel is having legacy characters change race and/or gender with who gets to pick up the legacy.
But as a lifelong comic fan it’s kinda annoying to see people praising Marvel as super progressive for doing shit DC did in the 80s and still does to this day.
Especially when with Marvel it’s coming across far more as a blatant publicity grabs.
Also yeah no wonder woman movie but it’s not like we have a black widow movie do we
I got tagged by ladyknightofhollyrose!
Name: Val, but you can just call me Kohi! ^^
Height: 154 cm… I think 5’1”?
Eye Color: gray greenish
Hair Color: Brown
Drinking?: very occasionally. A lot of my friends either can’t drink or just don’t, and I while I do not dislike it, it’s not as if I particularly enjoyed it so… (plus it’s quite expensive haha ^^” ).
Job?: Nope … student.
Favorite Color: green! ^^
Favorite Bands: hum, good question! Well, let’s see, I like the Fall Out Boy, Muse, Imagine Dragon among others… Daft Punk, ONE OK ROCK and urrhhh Awolnation? ahhh wow that’s a lot and there are more but I don’t have a favorite.
Siblings: A little baby brother… (well, he once was a baby… he is just 5 years younger than me though xD )
Tattoos?: Nope? I don’t think I’ll get one because I’d change my mind on the design all the time and I’d grow tired of it really quickly.
Favorite Book?: SciFi books mostly? I don’t have a favorite but I really liked 1984… I also read A Song of Ice and Fire. Really I am more of a graphic novel person.
Perfect Date: I have not properly dated anyone ever so I wouldn’t know? I guess I would probably like to go to a restaurant or just have series/films marathon.
Hobbies that you might not know yet: well, drawing, tumblr and hanging with my friends take most of my time when I am not studying. I guess at this point procrastination and planning things I won’t do have reached the level of hobby.
Why should I pick you?: I am very enthusiastic and passionate about fandom stuff and I love talking and fangirling about it with others! If you want to talk with me don’t hesitate!
for a month or so. My college year in America is coming to an end and there is an impressive number of things that need to be taken care of.
I’ll be taking care of the palette meme thing when I come back. Thanks a lot to everyone who asked but I won’t be able to actually doodle anything for a while.
You might still see me responding to asks or randomly reblogging stuff though, since this month might be really eventful for the fandom!
onefiveashes said: Hello! Just dropping in to ask, if it's alright with you, if I can make a costume based off of your Steampunk Raven? When I saw the design it was love at first sight! Please and thank you!
Sure! ^^ I’m glad you like it enough to cosplay it! Could you show me the result when it is done, please?
You know what the fastest growing demographic of comic reader is? Women aged 17 to 33. No, I did not make that up. No, that is not a skewed number. Facts, baby, all the way.
With that fact looming it’s not surprising to see a demographic that has been basically ignored by Marvel and DC Comics suddenly getting love. And by that I mean teenage girls.
It makes sense. The earlier you can hook a reader, the more likely they’ll be a comic reader for life. DC and Marvel have done that with dudes for years. But younger women? Eh, not so much.
Oh, they had books with younger characters - Batgirl and Spider-Girl come to mind, but those were a rarity. And DC Comics has certainly talked about going after that audience. I can still remember during the launch of the new 52 the Supergirl team saying they wanted the female audience reading “The Hunger Games”. If anyone has seen what is going on with Supergirl these days you’ll know that goal failed.
Marvel has dived full-in with targeting the younger female audience with Ms. Marvel. That book featuring a teen age girl is accessible to all ages and is one of the best comics of the year.
But yesterday, on a day when DC also announced a eye raising new team for Wonder Woman they also announced a book that has its eye on the female audience - Gotham Academy.
And you know what? I think they’ve got it right.
Both the Flash and Constantine pilots were leaked. If Gotham is leaked too, I’ll just be laughing forever. I’m getting really hopeful for those tv series though!
title: baby wonder
summary: (baby!damian AU) bruce dies, dick becomes batman. but the damian that talia leaves in his care isn’t a ten-year-old warrior, he’s a ten-month-old baby.
a/n: haha just a super self-indulgent baby!damian AU feat. surrogate daddy dick grayson :) dick graydad. :)) dad grayson. :)))