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Things That Turned Out Bad – Did She Really Just Kill That Guy With Her You-Know-What?!

In this column, I will 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).

My buddy Jude D. wrote in to suggest this one a couple of years back. He also then wrote a nice article on Bodies Endangered going into detail about why this particular plot was ill-conceived. So check out his article. It’s a lot more in-depth than what I’m doing here.
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Things That Turned Out Bad – That Time Marvel Compared Japanese Internment Camps to Spider-Man’s Secret Identity

In this column, I will 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).

Today, we look at an ill-considered historical comparison that took place during Marvel’s Civil War crossover…
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Things That Turned Out Bad – Marvel’s Strange Celebration of the First Martin Luther King Day

In this column, I will 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).

Today, we take a look at the odd way that Marvel handled the first year that Martin Luther King Day was celebrated as a federal holiday…
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Things That Turned Out Bad – Quicksilver and Scarlet Witch Take Their Love For Each Other Way Too Far

In this column, I will 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).

Today, we take a look at the relationship between Quicksilver and the Scarlet Witch, which got too close for anyone’s comfort during the third volume of The Ultimates…
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Things That Turned Out Bad – That Time Wonder Woman Fought a Giant Racist Caricature

In this column, I will 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).

Today, we take a look at Egg Fu, an awesome idea for a villain ruined by the character being super racist…
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Things That Turned Out Bad – Marvel’s First Gay Superhero is a “Fairy”?

In this column, I will 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).

Today, based on a suggestion by reader Joe O., we look at the time that Marvel revealed that their only gay superhero was also really a “fairy”…
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Things That Turned Out Bad – Uncanny X-Men: For Your Time-Traveling Incest Needs

In this column, I will 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).

Today, based on a suggestion (kind of, he didn’t specifically say to use it for this column, but close enough!) from reader DocSpin, we look at the bizarre piece of time-traveling incest from Uncanny X-Men #321.
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Things That Turned Out Bad – The DCU: Where Women’s Moods Are Dictated by Diet Soda

In this column, I will 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).

Today, based on suggestions by reader John (although a few others asked after last week’s column, as well), we look at DC’s revelation that Dr. Light’s personality was altered by diet soda…
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Things That Turned Out Bad – Power Girl’s Magical Virgin Pregnancy

In this column, I will 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).

Today, based on suggestions by readers Shaun M. and Luke M., we take a look at Power Girl’s magical pregnancy…
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Things That Turned Out Bad – That Time Carol Danvers Gave Birth to Her Own Rapist

In this column, I will 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).

The story we’re looking at this time is one that I’ve already covered a few other times on the blog in other contexts. I wasn’t originally planning on re-featuring it here, but A. There was another story I was going to feature here that was so similar that it seemed weird not to first cover this one (and please, avoid mentioning the other story that is similar to this one in the comments section – I WILL be featuring it eventually) and B. This story is SUCH a notable example of an idea that turned out horribly that it seemed silly for me NOT to have it featured here. So today we look at the tale of how Ms. Marvel ended up giving birth to her own rapist…
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Things That Turned Out Bad – “Did Nightwing From the Future Just Try to Rape That Lady?”

In this column, I will 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).

Today we look at the dark, strange path that “Dick Grayson” went on after he traveled from the future in the pages of New Titans and Team Titans (as well as a weird side-plot with his girlfriend in the future)…
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Things That Turned Out Bad – That Time Mr. Fantastic, Iron Man and Yellowjacket Cloned Thor and It Killed Goliath

In this column, I will 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).

We continue with the death of Goliath at the hands of a clone of Thor…
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Things That Turned Out Bad – The Racially Segregated Superhero of the Future!

In this column, I will 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).

Today we look at the introduction of the first black member of the Legion of Super-Heroes…
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Things That Turned Out Bad – Falcon’s Past as a Street Hustler

In this column, I will 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).

Today we look at the Falcon’s past as a street hustler.
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Things That Turned Out Bad – Mutants Can’t Get AIDS

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In this column, I will 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).

Today we look at a rather odd revelation in the pages of Uncanny X-Men regarding mutants and, well, AIDS, of all things…
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