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Honestly, I think she just didn't like that he had 'black' in the name. She didn't actually read the comic, just happened to glance through it. It was something like 10-12 years ago so I'm hazy on the details.

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Other Comics / Re: Mutants as an allegory for racism
« on: September 18, 2006, 02:41:19 pm »
I'll search for it.

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Black Panther / Re: More Civil War
« on: September 18, 2006, 12:53:59 pm »
Whose side will they be on? Any thoughts?

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Other Comics / Mutants as an allegory for racism
« on: September 18, 2006, 12:51:12 pm »
Now, it's not really any secret that mutants, X-Men, were meant as a sort of allegory for racial oppression. People discriminated against mutants, while glorifying people like Captain America and the Fantastic Four, just because they were born different. They've faced Aparthied like conditions, people have tried to wipe them out. And from the start, there were two groups. The group that wanted peaceful co-existance (X-Men and Xavier) and the group that wanted seperation, by violence if necessary (Magneto and the Brotherhood of Evil Mutants).

So how much do you read into that? Do you think it's a trite attempt to make comics seem political? Is it an accurate metaphor for the oppression of minorities? Am I reading too much into it and should just read for entertainment?

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Other Comics / Re: What Spider-Man issue(s) hooked you?
« on: September 18, 2006, 12:46:37 pm »
on a side note:

how many Black folks are in Spidey's circle of friends (and foes)?

I'll start:
Joe robertson, randy robertson, glory grant, luke cage, hobie brown (prowler), bob farrell (rocket racer), panther, storm, cardiac, slyde (dead?), scorcher (dead?), Shirley (the daily grind cafe') & her son..

Don't forget my favorite, Cloak. I like how Cloak is playing a role in Civil War. He's been one of my favorite second-stringers for a while.

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General Discussion / Re: Shaving Tips
« on: September 18, 2006, 11:06:34 am »
I use a regular razor to shave. I hate the electric crap. Mach 3 seems to work fine. The blades get expensive though.

But here are the tips:

1) ALWAYS shave after a shower. The steam from the shower and the hot water loosens up the hair.
2) Shave with the grain. For me that's going down on my cheeks and chin, and up on my neck and under the chin. Then you can shave against the grain, but shave with it first.
3) Use a gel or a cream.
4) Shave the tough parts last, like the chin and adam's apple, so the cream can soften them up more.
5) Finally, use short quick strokes, only in a downward or upward direction, rinse the blade after every few strokes.

And remember, wash your face afterwards. Your skin is sensitive after a shave, and this means it can get infected easier, causing those bumps.

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I'm curious about your thoughts on this. I remember when I was younger, I bought a Spidey with Black Panther in it. My mom saw it and said he was a horrible stereotype, and Marvel was racist for having such a character. Now I know Hudlin, and I think Priest before him, have tried very hard to show that BP is not just a stereotype, but a strong black role model.

So the question is, when Stan Lee and Jack Kirby originally created BP were they just reinforcing racial stereotypes, or were they trying to bring down racial barriers by making a strong black character? Could it be both? Can someone be good intentioned, and yet still racist? And if that's the case, is it okay?

Thoughts?

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Other Comics / Annihilation - A crossover worth reading
« on: September 18, 2006, 10:46:59 am »
Civil War is bland. Many characters acting out of character. It's just one big drama that is neither epic nor entertaining. But Annihilation, marvel's cosmic crossover, is amazing.

If you haven't picked it up, I highly suggest you go try to find all the back issues. It's got deep character development, a solid plot that doesn't depend on 'shaking up the MU' or shock factor. And it has Drax The Destoyer being a major badass.

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Other Comics / Re: Usm clone saga (suprised NOONE is taking about this!)
« on: September 18, 2006, 10:43:37 am »
Eh, I stopped reading USM around the hobgoblin arc. I'm not really all that fond of Bendis. I've heard he and Hudlin don't get along very well. In one interview, they asked why he had shown T'Challa at the Illuminati meeting, evne though BP wasn't around back then according to Hudlin's run. Bendis replied "What are you talking about? BP has been a member of the Avengers for many years." Basically saying 'whatever Hudlin has written, I don't really care'

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Black Panther / Re: Racists in Pre-Hudlin Black Panther
« on: September 18, 2006, 10:38:18 am »
Well I know from other comic boards that people seemed to be concerned about the fact that old villains not normally portrayed as racist are now being portrayed as racist. Dr. Doom was a big issue for some of them. And also that every enemy seems to be racist.

But yeah, BP has a long history of fighting racist villains.

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Black Panther / Re: Question about the Ebony Blade
« on: September 18, 2006, 10:22:40 am »
Wow dude, you seem like the one with the issues. Because I care about a character, the Black Knight, and am concerned about a strong piece of his story, the ebony blade, and how it ties into BP's story, I'm suddenly a mental patient. However, here's the thing. I posit a question on a message board. In a friendly way. I did not track down Hudlin at his home or office and ask him about it, and I have no such desire to do so. I also do not go around berating people because they care about things I don't. But hey, if that makes you feel better about yourself, more power to you.

I don't think the question of the Ebony Blade has any impact on the MU in general. And it certainly has no impact on my life. But as a comic book fan, with a particular interest in the Black Knight, I was curious, so I came here to ask the question, to a place where people might have the answer. So go ahead and respond with whatever flames you want, I'm just going to ignore you from this point on.

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Black Panther / Re: Question about the Ebony Blade
« on: September 15, 2006, 01:29:29 pm »
Well, the Ebony Blade was only supposed to be bonded to the desendants of the original Black Knight. But others could use it. Although it was stated that in anothers hands it weighed around 80 lbs, but in BK's hands it was light as a stick. That wouldn't really be a problem for Namor, Sersi, or probably BP.

When Namor used it, he only used it once, and Dane let him. Even then, the blood curse was Dane's. When Namor killed with the sword, Dane's body turned to metal.

When Sersi used it, she also only used it once. And that was Proctor's sword, not Dane's, so it wasn't bonded with Dane. Proctor was also unconscious at the time.

The sword does have teleportation properties, in that it's owner can summon it at will. Both Dane and Bloodwraith have done so. Bloodwraith has actually teleported to the sword as well, when Deadpool took it.

I suppose I'm alright with BP's being the second Blade, but Hudlin needs to explain how it got to where it was. The Avengers wouldn't just have left the Blade on the ground after the fight with Proctor, even if Dane and Sersi had left. So somehow it would've had to get from the Avengers to the Vatican. The Bloodwraith had Dane's Blade at that point, and had it at least up to Avengers V.3 #40

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Black Panther / Re: Question about the Ebony Blade
« on: September 15, 2006, 10:05:46 am »
No. When Dane was sent back in time as Garrington, he didn't have the Ebony Blade. In the present Valkyrie had it, and when she and the Defenders were sent back in time to help Dane. She gave him the Blade, which he then used for 5 years before coming to the future with it.  So there is no second blade there.

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Black Panther / Re: Question about the Ebony Blade
« on: September 15, 2006, 08:31:55 am »
Well, there is a second second ebony blade about, but there is really no way the Vatican should've had it. It should be in an Avenger's vault if anywhere. Sersi killed Proctor with it, and then it was never talked about again as far as I can tell. And in all actuallity, it's probably in the hands of Dane right now in New Excalibur. Considering that Bloodwraith was bonded to the original blade, and he is supposedly still out there.

But that aside, assuming BP has on of those, it's cursed. Has there been any indication of this curse? This is a curse that Doctor Strange himself, the most powerful magician in the Marvel Universe, couldn't break. The sword causes its user to go mad over time, and become filled with Bloodlust. Both Blades had this issue. Dane's did, which is why he gave it up, and Proctor's did as well, which is why he was a raving lunatic bent on destroying every Sersi in the multiverse.

I really hope that Hudlin and Frank Tieri (current writer of New Excalibur) will confer and discuss the Ebony Blade in detail.

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Black Panther / Question about the Ebony Blade
« on: September 14, 2006, 08:42:21 pm »
So is Panther's Ebony Blade not THE Ebony Blade? Because if so, I'm really confused about the continuity of the Blade.

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