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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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Things That Turned Out Bad – That Time the Greek Gods Fought Jesus as Part of a Comic Book Crossover

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 strange crossover between two Rob Liefeld creations, Glory and Avengelyne, that involves the Greek gods getting pissed at Christianity…
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Things That Turned Out Bad – That Time Captain America Fought a Villain Driven Mad By an Evil Black Man’s Hand

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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 the very poorly-conceived origin of Captain America’s Golden Age foe, the Black Talon.
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Things That Turned Out Bad – The Relationship Between Hal Jordan and Arisia

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 odd relationship between Hal Jordan and his fellow Green Lantern, Arisia.
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Things That Turned Out Bad – That Time Superboy’s Robot Teacher Got Him Laid

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 from reader Tony (although my pal Michael also mentioned it to me awhile back), we look at one of the most disturbing Superboy stories of all-time. You can’t truly prepare yourself for the messed-up stuff that happened in 1977’s DC Super Stars #12 by writer Cary Bates and artists Curt Swan and Murphy Anderson, but you should at least attempt to ready yourself for what you’re about to see.
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Things That Turned Out Bad – Bruce Banner Has a Rough Visit to the Y

In this feature, 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 Very Personal Hell” from 1980’s Rampaging Hulk #23…

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