Friday, April 13, 2007

Comic Book Cover of the Day!

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And I'm inaugurating the replacement for "TV Comic Cover of the Day" with this issue of Lois Lane, featuring one of the most bizarre stories to come out of the relevance period (although honestly, I don't know if this came out before or after the Green Lantern/Green Arrow series started).

I'm sure you've all read the story... I think it's even been in one of those "Superman in the..." volumes. Basically, Lois is trying to interview black people in the Metropolis slums, but because she's white, nobody will talk to her. So she gets Superman to temporarily change her into a black woman with some Kryptonian device, and suddenly, cabs won't stop to pick her up, and black people treat her like she's human. She even meets up with a black activist who wouldn't give her the time of day before, but will now. By the end of the story, Lois gives this guy a blood transfusion, and midway through, the Kryptonian machine wears off, but the activist just smiles at her anyway, showing that both she and the black guy have learned something.

While I can applaud the idea behind the tale... surely, it's unusual that Lois couldn't get a single black person to talk to her before her transformation? While a point is trying to be made about racism, the point's also being made about reverse racism... but the fact of the matter is, naturally, that not all white people are (or even have been) racist towards blacks, and vice-versa. Everyone is different, after all.

Probably the most unusual thing about this tale, however, is its title... a play on a porno movie out around this time, called "I am Curious (Yellow)" or something like that (and no, I've never seen it, so I have no idea what the "plot" might be).

Jon

1 comment:

  1. I never heard that they did this. I think it's pretty daring for its time. Maybe someone at DC read the book "Black Like Me," a memoir of a white man who passed as black.

    "I Am Curious (Yellow)" was considered shocking at the time, almost like porn film. I'm surprised that a code-approved comic of this era would refer to it. I just looked it up in the Internet Movie Database. It's the Swedish film "Jag är nyfiken - en film i gult." It's a documentary about a young woman, with a lot of political issues, and documentarians also document themselves documenting her. It sounds good to me. I just added it to my Netflix queue, so I'll know soon.

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