Friday, June 1, 2012

Green Lantern; The (Retro)-Evolution and War of Civil Rights in the Pop Culture of D.C. and Marvel

Alan Scott
Some people are celebrating that D.C. suddenly decided to reboot (again) one of his titles to adapt it into a more conventional market, but in my humble opinion modifying a superhero from the Golden Age who is technically asexual into a gay man just to create some competition between Marvel Comics Northstar who is established between the different fandoms as a gay man and in a steady relationship that has progressed over the years in which the comic books show the progress of the writing to put a wedding in New York city, it's going to be a major highlight in the history of comic books and civil rights because there hasn't been a wedding between a same sex couple; and, introducing Alan Scott  with a new persona it shows how D.C. tries to rival  by being a liberal on their own standards.

The phenomenon where the evolution of civil rights is being incorporated into the pop art for the masses it's relative new, since it started underground during the late 1960's but subtext interpretation on an era where if you weren't a white straight man and probably Protestant you  could be considered a subversive person or token because you weren't inside the common majority; around the 1930's and the 1940's much of the Golden Era of the superheroes, the authors couldn't express too much out-loud or otherwise they could be thrown in jail or abandoned by their editorial houses.

The concept as we know it right now, in a more contemporary sense of the word doesn't come necessarily from the the major comic books; but, from the amazing geniality of Gary Trudeau  who place the LGTB culture on a more mainstream point on 1976 and as well 1991 by showing the consequences of A.I.D.S. and how the disease affect everyone; but, besides Gary's work there's the work of S. Clay Wilson  who experimented with the concept on an underground level with Zap Comix.

Albeit, there has been criticism from the more conservator powers of the industry where they discouraged around the 1980's and early 1990's to any company to avoid as far as they could any reference to gays and lesbians because according to the book Seduction of the Innocent "by adding an explicit gay character could  have a sexual influence on the children". where during the process of civil right liberation it was shown that children can dissociate and be more friendly toward people who think different than their parents and thus more understanding regarding that world is not black and white.

One of the most memorable cases comes again from the pages of the newspaper, where the famous strip For Better or for Worse, showed into panels the complexity of coming out in two panels by showing Lawrence Poirier coming out to his mother and his mother denial; yet today history in certain way repeats itself with the hands of extremist groups as the American Family Association and One Million Moms, as they show dissatisfaction in really violent but yet pathetic ways to whoever supports the LGTBQ community, which at the moment where Laurence came out on the strip, the author Lynn Johnston  received death threats and hate mail because her sensitive views about how diverse the world is beyond the cul-de-sac many people live.

Yet some people form a fuss, they still form scandal when they listen or read the word gay, lesbian, tran-sexual, bisexual, superhero, cartoon from a comic strip they can't accept that many different authors are writing for a more diverse audience as well they are trying to express their political views though their work. So; it's not a big fuzz that Alan Scot it's going to be re-introduced as a gay man specially so close to a rival company event; a fuzz would be that D.C. would create a more mature approach in to the titles they sale instead of rebooting they every couple of years; and, if the readers they don't like or they feel concerned they can always read the dubious comics of pseudo cartoonist Jack Chick


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