Friday, August 05, 2011
The New SpaNegro SpiderMan!!!
Hi Meltingpot Readers,
Sorry I missed you on Wednesday. But hopefully today's news will make up for the lapse. Did you hear that Marvel Comics will be unveiling a new Spider-Man in September? That Peter Parker, the original White boy who was bitten by a spider and has been fighting evil behind that red and blue mask since the 1960s, died in a recent comic episode? And that the new Spider-Man is none other than a Black/Latino mixie named Miles Morales from Brooklyn?
How cool is that dear readers? Finally a mainstream superhero gets to be colored. Finally, my very own Black/Hispanic sons will see a superhero that actually looks like them and shares their DNA. Kind of. Minus the spider part. I am so thrilled by this turn of events, I'm sure I'll start reading Spider-Man comics just to see how they play out Miles' ethnicity. I'm sure it won't be a major plot device in every episode, but the series creators admitted it was time for superheroes to reflect the cultural diversity of the people reading them. Finally! To read more about the new Spider-Man, check out this link.
What do you think? Is this a major milestone in comic book history? Will this change the way little children of color think of themselves? As potential superheroes? Will a mixie Spider-Man be the Princess Tianna of the under-12 boys set? I'm curious. And you know I'm listening.
P.S. Mama Violet wins the copy of Substitute Me!!! Mama Violet, send me your mailing address to firstname.lastname@example.org and you'll get a book in the mail. Congrats.