Monday, June 12, 2006

Comic Books and Brent Bozell

Brent Bozell, who is professionally upset at the news media, the movie business and the television networks, is also, surprisingly enough, professionally upset at the Comic Book industry. What a surprise.

If you haven't heard yet, the new Batwoman is going to be a lesbian (and a lover of an already existing lesbian character in the Bat Universe, if memory serves). He also notes that a few years back, Marvel put out a comic book about the Rawhide Kid which transformed him into a gay cowboy.

Most of it is Bozell lamenting over these characters in an artform he believes should be kept for children. I've got nothing against comic books for Children, but I don't think that's the only audience possible for the combinations of words and pictures.

He closes his article with this question.
Who would have predicted, 10 years ago, that the comics would become a red-light neighborhood where sexually perverted superheroes would be packaged to elicit from children fascination and sympathy?
For those interested in trivia, this September will mark the 20th anniversery of Watchman, a comic book by Alan Moore. And for those of you who don't see the connection, you should go get Watchman and read it or reread it.

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