Thursday, August 18, 2011

Names, Trademarks, & An Indian's an Indian

"There have been three characters published by Marvel by the superhero name, Thunderbird. All three are actually pretty good characters, at least in terms of personality, but each has seen a disturbing tendency towards orientalism-style othering, and none of them have the veracity of, for example, a contemporary Spider-Man or Marshall Law. The best version of the original was a Dave Cockrum idea that never saw publication, the best of the second was when his earlier portrayals were being detourned, and the third? I would love to believe Neal Sharra is not called Thunderbird to a) preserve a trademark and b) because he is the other kind of Indian and that passes for wit in superhero comics."

~ from a Pop Mechanics which will happen, but not like this.

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