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Things That Turned Out Bad Archive

This is a collection of columns where I spotlight plotlines by writers that probably weren’t a good idea at the time and have only become more problematic in retrospect. I’ll try to stick with stuff that’s more ill-conceived than flat-out offensive (like racist stereotypes of characters during the 1940s).

1. Bruce Banner Has a Rough Visit to the YMCA

2. That Time Superman’s Robot Teacher Got Him Laid

3. The Relationship Between Hal Jordan and the Seemingly Underaged Green Lantern Arisia

4. That Time Captain America Fought a Villain Driven Mad By an Evil Black Man’s Hand

5. That Time the Greek Gods Fought Jesus as Part of a Comic Book Crossover

6. Mutants Can’t Get AIDS

7. Falcon Used to be a Street Hustler

8. The Racially Segregated Superhero of the Future!

9. Mister Fantastic, Iron Man and Yellowjacket Cloned Thor and the Clone Killed Goliath

10. “Did Nightwing From the Future Just Try to Rape That Lady?”

11. That Time That Carol Danvers Gave Birth to Her Own Rapist

12. Power Girl’s Magical Virgin Pregnancy

13. The DCU: Where Female Moods Are Dictated by Diet Soda

14. Uncanny X-Men: For Your Time-Traveling Incest Needs

15. Marvel’s First Gay Superhero is a “Fairy”?

16. That Time Wonder Woman Fought a Giant Racist Caricature

17. Quicksilver and Scarlet Witch Take Their Love For Each Other Way Too Far

18. Marvel’s Strange Celebration of the First Martin Luther King Day

19. That Time Marvel Compared Japanese Internment Camps to Spider-Man’s Secret Identity

20. Did She Really Just Kill That Guy With Her You-Know-What?!


Dont forget how superman made his girl black

“like racist stereotypes of characters during the 1940s”

Brian I really enjoy ypur columns and I think this will also be great. But I think you should point stuff like that.

Do “That time Marvel Forced a Storm/Black Panther wedding”

Instead of pointing examples out like mutants can’t get aids you could streamline it a bit and just have “everything by chuck Austen”

One of worst storylines I remember and should be included is when Norman Osborn seduced Gwen Stacy and she had twins from him, who later blamed Spiderman for her death. That storyline was a travesty.

Why does this master list go from 11 to 32?

Mitch and Papabaron…EXACTLY!!! I would also add when the Punisher was in prison and they made him black.

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