I am here, checking in, screaming, "WHAT'S UP?!" to all my friends!
I hope you all are doing well, living large and just having a great weekend! TEX is fine as wine, and ready to cowboy up with another episode of TEX'S BACK-ISSUE QUEST, where I show you some gems from my collection and give you a little history to help inform your own collecting habits (if you want).
Let's saddle this here horse!
It's my copy of Captain Marvel Adventures #48, published in 1945 by Fawcett Comics. This comic features the final appearance of Steamboat, Billy Batson's African-American valet, a character based on the racist stereotypes of the time. Here's a taste of Steamboat (not from my comic, simply pulled from the internet), try not to avert your eyes:
Billy even got in on the act himself:
As you can see in these panels pulled from Whiz Comics #12, published in 1941, bad stereotypes were not taboo in the offices of Fawcett Comics. But a change was on the horizon. In 1942, Fawcett created some rules for their comics:
As you can see, rule #7 stated that, "No comics shall use dialects and devices to indicate ridicule or intolerance of racial groups," which leads us to NOT-SO-FUN FACT #1...
NOT-SO-FUN FACT: Despite the published rules above, Steamboat, and his ridiculous dialect continued to appear in the pages of Captain Marvel Adventures until issue #48 (pictured comic) in 1945, three years after these rules were distributed throughout the Fawcett offices.
You can read more about this and other great comics-related info at Comic Book Legends Revealed.
No need to get upset, it's all a part of comic book history, a part we should share, and not forget...Lest we repeat the mistakes of the past.
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