Sigh, I can’t believe we’re still dealing with this nonsense in 2017.
If the “diversity” books weren’t selling, Marvel would stop publishing them. If the “replace the main superhero with another character inside the suit” gag wasn’t working, Marvel would stop doing it.
If these books not selling in YOUR comic store, consider the problem isn’t the characters. Because they’re doing very well online, where the customer doesn’t have to go into your friendly shop.
Let’s talk about Red Hulk, or Rulk to his friends.
His identity was hidden for almost a year, and all we knew was that he wasn’t Bruce Banner. Sales were through the roof. If the “human” version of Red Hulk had turned out to be Hispanic or Asian, would the sales have gone down? I hope not. But even with a “white guy” under the red skin, the sales petered out after a while anyway. After a last gasp membership in the Thunderbolts a couple of years ago, the Red Hulk no longer has his own title, and can only be found in the (struggling for sales) USAvengers.*
That’s how this gag works. Marvel has been doing it for decades.
Before Cap was a “black guy”, he the ghostly return of a dead sidekick for a couple of years. Besides, the “Black Cap” of today is on sale next to the “Nazi Cap” so everyone has a Cap to purchase in 2017.
Did this count as diversity? Doc Ock was OLD when he replaced Peter Parker as Spider-Man. ALSO: I think his heritage is East European. That used to be considered “ethnic”.
*edited to correct Red Hulk’s current status.
Sorry I haven’t been around to Bun Toon for a number of weeks. I’ve been committed to drawing a new Bun Toon every weekend I’ve been home, and have continued to do that since this all began…
I’ve been at a comic convention four out of the last six weeks, and the last three weeks in a row. That makes it seem like I’ve given up on my little bunny adventures, but I absolutely have not. I’m still drawing one every weekend I’m at home…I’m just home a little less nowadays.
I’m here for at least another couple of weeks before I head out to Los Angeles in late October, and I promise you, each and every weekend I’m in Toronto, there shall be a bunny on your computer being a smartass.
Thanks for sticking around.
Here’s the link to the last Bun Toon…lo, three weeks ago now.