Thursday, June 2, 2011

"My Ward Is A Jerk!"

A few years ago, my sister gave me THE SEVEN SOLDIERS OF VICTORY ARCHIVES Volume 1 as a gift. It reprints the first four adventures of that titular team from the 1940s, which numbered Green Arrow and his sidekick Speedy among its members. It's a decent read - nothing terribly groundbreaking, but acceptable material for the time period.

This is also one of those books that felt the need to add the caution that the stories "were produced in a time when racism played a larger role in society both consciously and unconsciously."

Think they were kidding? Well, you'll need to enlarge this image to be able to read it, but trust me, you'll get the idea. (Oh, and sorry about the blurry edge there.)

Wow, hyperbole and casual racial remarks. Speedy, you definitely hit the bullseye that day.

Source - SEVEN SOLDIERS OF VICTORY ARCHIVE Vol. 1 (2005), reprinted from LEADING COMICS #1 (Winter 1941-42). Story : Mort Weisinger. Art : George Papp. Green Arrow, Speedy, and art © DC COMICS.

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