I kind of thought that sort of subtle racism was absent from comics, then a friend of mine pointed me to this article where the author talks about the “rewhitening” of the DC universe.
But it's there, and it's becoming increasingly hard to ignore. And it's particularly prevalent in DC Comics because no other company so relies on legacy characters. There's no other company that has the idea of super-heroic roles being passed from one generation to the next quite so hardwired into it. They've been doing it since 1956, when Barry Allen took the place of Jay Garrick and ushered in the Silver Age. And because most of their popular and enduring characters were created in the early days -- the '30s, '40s and '50s, when the only minority characters were outright racist caricatures like Ebony White and Chop-Chop -- they were white.All I can say is with the dumbing down and “unmarrying” of Spider-Man it can only bode ill for my beloved hobby.