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Tuesday, June 13, 2006

Kalinara is Vexed.

According to Ragnell, Sandy the Golden Boy is in Young All-Stars.

Sandy the Golden Boy. World War II-era Sandy the Golden Boy. Pre-Monster, still-Wes's sidekick Sandy the Golden Boy.

Why didn't I know about this?

Why don't I have this comic?

Why can't I *find* this damn comic?!

...

I'm off to go sulk some.

(Oh on an unrelated note, Ragnell and I got interviewed here. :-) How cool is *that*?!)

8 Comments:

  • At June 13, 2006 11:37 AM, Blogger frinklin said…

    Young All-Stars was the post-Crisis revamp of the All-Star Squadron, and it was Roy Thomas’ bright idea to concentrate on new heroes like Iron Munroe, Flying Fox and the retconned Fury. It never really worked as well as the original series, probably because it was all about the newer heroes. It didn’t help that after the initial origin story it was shunted directly into a pointless Millennium crossover.

    Sandy -in the first few issues anyway- is quite the racist dick. He calls Tsunami a “Jap” like 200 times in the first couple issues. Thomas softened him at the end of the first arc, which felt pretty artificial.

     
  • At June 13, 2006 12:33 PM, Blogger 100LittleDolls said…

    The interview was great. I also took it upon myself to check out the Pen Stealers--I'm really enjoying it!

     
  • At June 13, 2006 12:37 PM, Blogger kalinara said…

    frinklin:

    :-) I'd heard about the racist dick thing. I'll admit first I had mixed feelings about the idea.

    Considering the anti-Japanese propaganda of the time period, it's not terribly shocking that characters, especially impressionable kids, would be affected. Sandy seems like an odd choice to me though.

    I mean it's pretty clearly stated even in Golden Age stuff that Wes was strongly influenced by his study in the East. It seemed odd that his student would be classified as the token racist. Especially given how...enthusiastically he tended to embrace all of Wes's teachings.

    It would depend I guess on if he's depicted that way to give the character reason to "step down" to the team versus just making him a the racist merely to further Tsunami's story. I don't like my favorites demonized.

    Though starting off as a racist and softening can be a nice storyline to give a character depth. I might feel differently after reading the story, but a quick softening after an initial explosion of antagonism does sound like a "kid" sort of thing. They're quicker, ultimately, to accept than adults.

    And really, I'd rather the character get over it quickly considering the racism was never portrayed in the character before that in anything *I*'ve seen. I'd much rather that get taken off the drawing board.

    (From what Ragnell says, it's not completely unsympathetic a portrayal either, which would help mollify me. Though I'm also vexed that apparently they killed off Dian via nazi spies.)

    But then, I admit I haven't read it. I really really want to though. And then there will be blogging. :-).

    100: Thanks!

     
  • At June 13, 2006 12:49 PM, Blogger Marionette said…

    Must admit I am very soured toward anything with Roy Thomas' name on it since the dreadful misogynistic retcon he did of the exquisite Sun Girl turning her into a sad little wannabe hanger on in the Original Human Torch miniseries he did a while back.

     
  • At June 13, 2006 1:36 PM, Anonymous Tom said…

    "(Oh on an unrelated note, Ragnell and I got interviewed here. :-) How cool is *that*?!)"

    Is that you, Skeets? :)

     
  • At June 13, 2006 1:45 PM, Anonymous Tom said…

    (If that's vague, check out 52, #1.)

     
  • At June 13, 2006 2:31 PM, Anonymous Anonymous said…

    Thanks Tom, now I can't stop picturing Kalinara floating around Ragnell and calling her "ma'am"

     
  • At June 13, 2006 4:11 PM, Blogger kalinara said…

    marionette: Ack, that does souns awful. Maybe it was an off issue. Or character assassination is his thing, I won't know until I read it. :-)

    tom: ...yes?

    anon: That's a pretty accurate summation of the relationship, I think. I don't call her ma'am though...

    ...in public at least. :-P

    (And now she will kill me. :-) Nice knowing y'all!)

     

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