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Since their creation in June of 1938, comic books have unified fans hoping to see super-powered good prevail over evil. Comics as a medium have lasted through numerous international conflicts, from World War II to the War on Terror. During each one of these conflicts, the question of politics' role in comic books has been posed. Political comics are those which try to comment on or influence how a country is governed. Should comics, which routinely explore the extraordinary, comment on the ordinary? Or, should comics concern themselves with fictional politics at most and no politics at the least?

The politics of comics should not interfere with the history of comics Show more Show less

Political ideas in comics are fine, as long as they are introduced in the correct way.
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The best way to introduce diversity in Marvel Comics

In recent years, Marvel has retired a lot of traditional superheroes and replaced them with a younger and more diverse group.
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The Argument

There is nothing inherently wrong with a push for diversity in comic books. This is a political agenda that accurately represents the real world. However, replacing "legacy" characters like Peter Parker's Spider-Man with Miles Morales is pushing a political agenda by shoehorning diverse characters into comics.[1] So, rather than replacing iconic heroes with younger, more diverse ones, these diverse heroes should be given their own superhero identities and powers.[2] Keeping the original heroes while also introducing new, diverse heroes helps build on the history of the medium. Almost nothing is sacrificed as well-established characters remain in the comic universe. A lot is gained though, in the form of more relatable characters and a more realistic world.

Counter arguments

While there have been a couple instances of "shoehorning" diverse characters into comics, there are more instances of a logical character inheritance of an identity. For example, Marvel created an entire universe devoted to diverse versions of beloved characters. Later, they wrote a storyline which saw some characters, like Miles Morales' Spider-Man, move permanently to the central marvel universe. This shows an attempt to establish characters before bringing them to the central comic book universe, rather than a random insertion to further a political agenda.


[P1]Diversifying established characters is political. [P2]Keeping established characters and creating entirely new diverse characters is the correct way to be political.

Rejecting the premises

[Rejecting P2] Replacing the original heroes with diverse ones is the correct way to bring diversity into comics.


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