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Radioactive Blackness And Anglo-Saxon Aliens: Achieving Superhero Diversity Through Race-Changing

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Changing the racial identity of characters has become a contentious issue amongst fans of superhero comics and their adaptations in other media. The awful practices of casting white actors to play people of color, or of turning previously non-white characters into white characters, is all too common in movie adaptations of books, cartoons, TV shows, or even real life stories -- but rather surprisingly, superhero comics and their adaptations have mostly avoided this problem.

In comics, the controversy takes a different direction. Several white characters have become non-white, mostly in movies, and sometimes in reboots. Michael B. Jordan as Johnny Storm in the new Fantastic Four; Helena Bertinelli aka the Huntress in the New 52; Nick Fury in the Ultimate Comics line and on screen. These are changes that agitate some readers -- but realistically, the changes don't go far enough. Superhero comics have a cultural bias towards white characters that has everything to do with their institutional history and nothing to do with what makes sense to the stories.

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‘FF’ #1: The Fantastic Four + Spider-Man = The Future Foundation [Preview]

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In the aftermath of the Human Torch's recent death, the surviving members of the Fantastic Four must cope with the loss, and ultimately transform the iconic team into something new in FF #1, coming this March from writer Jonathan Hickman and artist Steve Epting. Spider-Man will join the revamped team, which will feature all-new costumes and a new name: the Future Foundation. Check out a six-page preview of

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Jonathan Hickman Explains the Fantastic Four Death and What Comes Next

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A member of the Fantastic Four died today in Fantastic Four #587, the latest issue of the comic written by Jonathan Hickman with art by Steve Epting. As fans have been reacting to the news of the casualty all morning, ComicsAlliance editor-in-chief Laura Hud

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Gilbert Hernandez Kicks it Old School With Iron Man in ‘Strange Tales II’ [Exclusive Preview]

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Marvel's Strange Tales II #2 arrives in stores next week, and while the indie creator anthology is bursting at the seams with talent, the issue should especially resonate with fans of Love and Rockets creators (and all around prolific talents) the Hernandez brothers. Not on

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