Posts Tagged ‘archie’

(*POTENTIAL SPOILERS AHEAD…YOU’VE BEEN WARNED*)

IF you haven’t been locked in a room without windows and doors, then you may have noticed a definite increase in a certain aspect of comics lately that in the recent past has only been occasional, and further back was not only absent, but discouraged. I’m speaking of the appearance of homosexuality in comics. In the past few years, we’ve seen a gay male character be introduced to Archie Comics, and the introduction of several prominent lesbian characters in DC Comics (through Batwoman, Renee Montoya, Scandal Savage, Knockout, Grace Choi, and Thunder). These characters have not only been masterfully written and long overdue in our comics, but have been largely accepted by the comics community, with the exception of several anti-equal rights groups (many of whom have never read a comic book in their lives).

More recently, however, we’ve seen a jump in some major plots that will be showcasing these characters and some major plot lines. These include the biracial marriage of Kevin Keller (Archie Comics’ gay male character), the biracial marriage of Marvel’s Northstar (who has been open about his sexuality since the early 90’s), and the announcement that one of DC’s “iconic male characters” will be revealed as gay.

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He's the goddamn.. oh.. wait..

Revered by many, criticized by more, and read by all. This seems to be the fate of one man that’s been called everything from one of modern comics’ forefathers, to a fear-mongering mad man. Despite what many may think of Frank Miller, it must be recognized that his work has made a serious impact on the way we see comics today, many of his writings still reverberating consequences decades after being put to paper.

Not only does he write comics, but he also claims the title of artist for many of his works. How many people in the industry can say this? A handful, at best, and none with the same level of exposure as Miller. Two of his pieces have gone on to become major motion pictures (300 and Sin City), and one was made into an animated feature length movie (Batman: Year One). His work on such already developed characters as Batman and Daredevil have taken the characters to lengths never before seen in comics, for better or worst.

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