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From the New York Times today:

Ta-Nehisi Coates to Write Black Panther Comic for Marvel
By GEORGE GENE GUSTINES SEPT. 22, 2015

Ta-Nehisi Coates can be identified in many ways: as a national correspondent for The Atlantic, as an author and, as of this month, as a nominee for the National Book Award’s nonfiction prize. But Mr. Coates also has a not-so-secret identity, as evidenced by some of his Atlantic blog posts and his Twitter feed: Marvel Comics superfan.

So it seems only natural that Marvel has asked Mr. Coates to take on a new Black Panther series set to begin next spring. Writing for that comics publisher is a childhood dream that, despite the seeming incongruity, came about thanks to his day job. “The Atlantic is a pretty diverse place in terms of interest, but there are no comics nerds,” besides himself, Mr. Coates said in an interview.

Like I was saying yesterday before this was announced, TNC’s cognitive strengths run less to Ockham’s Razor and more to Arkham’s Rubber Room.

(Yes, I know, the Elizabeth Arkham Asylum for the Criminally Insane with its padded cells and straightjackets that just can’t seem to ever hold Batman’s nemesis the Joker is part of the DC universe, not the Marvel universe. But, still …)

In the comments, Mr. Blank notes:

That actually explains a lot about him. Didn’t he grow up in a gang-infested area of Baltimore? That must have been a terribly stressful environment for a nerdy little kid who was into comic books and Dungeons and Dragons. He probably would have turned out different if he’d grown up around more white kids, where he would have found a natural home with all the other geeky kids.

Yes, as I pointed out in my review of his bestselling minibook Between the World and Me:

[It’s] interesting for what it reveals about a forbidden subject: the psychological damage done by pervasive black violence to soft, sensitive, bookish souls such as Coates. The Atlantic writer’s black radical parents forced the frightened child to grow up in Baltimore’s black community, where he lived in constant terror of the other boys. Any white person who wrote as intensely about how blacks scared him would be career-crucified out of his job, so it’s striking to read Coates recounting at length how horrible it is to live around poor blacks if you are a timid, retiring sort.

Coates’ lack of physical courage is a common and perfectly reasonable trait …

Despite all the violence Coates has suffered at the hands of other blacks, his racial loyalty remains admirably adamantine. Thus, his ploy, as psychologically transparent as it is popular with liberal whites, is to blame his lifelong petrified unhappiness on the white suburbanites he envied for being able to live far from black thugs.

Unfortunately for Coates’ persuasiveness, white people, unlike blacks, have never actually done anything terribly bad to him. The worst memory he can dredge up is the time an Upper West Side white woman pushed his 4-year-old son to get the dawdling kid to stop clogging an escalator exit. She even had the racist nerve to say, “Come on!”

Coates reacted as unreasonably as a guest star on Seinfeld would. Ever since this Escalator Incident, he’s been dwelling on how, while it might have looked like yet another example of blacks behaving badly, it was, when you stop to think about slavery and Jim Crow (not to mention redlining), really all the fault of whites.

But instead of blaming it on his Black Panther dad for having to live near the Baltimore ‘hood, he blamed it on “people who think they are white” for his being intimidated by black thugs all the time.

A commenter points out he didn’t really live in “Wire”-ville, he went to the upscale public exam school. But he always wished he was far from other Black Bodies, and thus has searched out convoluted explanations of why his childhood terror of other black boys was the fault of the Roosevelt Administration: his thought uses not Ockham’s Razor but it’s opposite: Arkham’s Rubber Room.

Commenter SPMoore8 writes:

In the first issue of “Black Panther”, our hero, Michael Trayvon Coates, a mild mannered community activist and provider of school breakfasts to poor African American children, and having previously dabbled in the themes and writings of Rousseau, Thomas Paine, and Voltaire, is galvanized as he sees persons who are defined as black systematically robbed of their skittles, blunts, and bodies and joins forces with other SJW’s to form the Black Lives Matter Brigade (BLMB), and, using his own superhero skill of managing to conceal himself and disorient evil doers by generating impenetrable clouds of rhetorical fog, assumes the identity of BLACK PANTHER ….. ”

 
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  1. Black panthers do have black bodies, after all.

    Ta Coates is about to turn 40, and he’s still a comic book fan?

    • Replies: @Sean the Neon Caucasian
    Hey now, those golden age Supermans are pretty fun.
    , @Reg Cæsar

    Ta Coates is about to turn 40, and he’s still a comic book fan?

     

    Been to the comics store lately? That could be the median.

    In 30 years, Ta- will be all ready to cash in with the Gray Panther market.

    Mama's got a granny named Te Na Na, Te Na Na Na Na Coates…

  2. Ta-Nehisi Coates gets rich writing comic books while Steve toasts his wife with their red plastic cups.

    We live in a very fucked up world.

    • Agree: Stan D Mute, Percy Gryce
    • Replies: @Jefferson
    "Ta-Nehisi Coates gets rich writing comic books while Steve toasts his wife with their red plastic cups.

    We live in a very fucked up world."

    Steve Sailer is a member of a golf country club. So he is not exactly living in bone crushing poverty. If Steve Sailer was a human development index, he would rank very high.
    , @Earl Lemongrab
    Dude, maybe five people get rich writing comic books. It would be different were Coates writing the Black Panther screenplay. This is him indulging his inner comic book nerd for a few bucks.
    , @Anonymous
    But as Steve once reminded us, some people like red cups!
    , @Honorary Thief
    I like to think that Ron Unz rewards Steve handsomely for his writings on this site.
  3. Not quite news…he was pretty much writing comics already

  4. More like “Black Pander.”

  5. Ta Coates is about to turn 40, and he’s still a comic book fan?

    There are far more 40-year-old comic book fans these days then there are teenage ones.

    I wonder how many white editors will be needed to make TNC’s blabber seem like not a pile of garbage?

    • Replies: @Mr. Anon
    "There are far more 40-year-old comic book fans these days then there are teenage ones."

    And that is one of many things that is wrong with the nation today. No 40 year old ought to be a "comic-book fan".
  6. Ta-Nehisi Coates is going to be a comic book writer. Due to his political Black Left Wing bias, 100 percent of the villainous characters in his comic stories will be composed of White police officers, White Republicans, and White Christians.

    Marvel is showing it’s true Left Wing colors, they don’t even bother to be neutral apolitical anymore.

    • Replies: @H2
    The KKK and/or the Confederate flag will definitely show up in his comics.
    , @Stan D Mute
    Isn't this the way propaganda usually goes? Look at WWII propaganda in the comics.

    Never forget we are the enemy. The socialists won't stop until we are all dead.

    There is little doubt in my mind about who really won the Cold War. The communists control America and Europe and their control becomes tighter every year. Just wait until the Obama Youth Corps reaches age of maturity and political power. Sailer will be in prison and a statue of Bruce Jenner will sit next to MLK on the National Mall.
  7. That actually explains a lot about him. Didn’t he grow up in a gang-infested area of Baltimore? That must have been a terribly stressful environment for a nerdy little kid who was into comic books and Dungeons and Dragons. He probably would have turned out different if he’d grown up around more white kids, where he would have found a natural home with all the other geeky kids.

    • Replies: @Steve Sailer
    Yes

    http://takimag.com/article/the_first_rule_of_white_club_steve_sailer/print#axzz3lnOn46D4

    But instead of blaming it on his Black Panther dad for having to live near the Baltimore 'hood, he blamed it on "people who think they are white" for his being intimidated by black thugs all the time.

    He didn't really live in "Wire" ville, he went to the upscale public exam school. But he always wished he was far from other Black Bodies and thus has searched out convoluted explanations of why his childhood terror of other black boys was the fault of the Roosevelt Administration: not Ockham's Razor but Arkham's Rubber Room.

    , @Anonymous
    Raj Chetty and Obama agree.
  8. so , mr. sailer, once upon a time, you were a tour guide at franz kafka’s castle?

    • Replies: @Reg Cæsar

    so , mr. sailer, once upon a time, you were a tour guide at franz kafka’s castle?
     
    Don't know about Kafka, but as long as we're in Prague, Steve's journalistic specialty is a kind of defenestration, wouldn't you say?
  9. “Writing for that comics publisher is a childhood dream that, despite the seeming incongruity, came about thanks to his day job.”

    Or came about thanks to his race. (Sorry, I know that’s not very nice.)

    • Replies: @Gato de la Biblioteca
    Or came about thanks to his race. (Sorry, I know that’s not very nice.)

    His race is his day job.
  10. @Mr. Blank
    That actually explains a lot about him. Didn't he grow up in a gang-infested area of Baltimore? That must have been a terribly stressful environment for a nerdy little kid who was into comic books and Dungeons and Dragons. He probably would have turned out different if he'd grown up around more white kids, where he would have found a natural home with all the other geeky kids.

    Yes

    http://takimag.com/article/the_first_rule_of_white_club_steve_sailer/print#axzz3lnOn46D4

    But instead of blaming it on his Black Panther dad for having to live near the Baltimore ‘hood, he blamed it on “people who think they are white” for his being intimidated by black thugs all the time.

    He didn’t really live in “Wire” ville, he went to the upscale public exam school. But he always wished he was far from other Black Bodies and thus has searched out convoluted explanations of why his childhood terror of other black boys was the fault of the Roosevelt Administration: not Ockham’s Razor but Arkham’s Rubber Room.

    • Replies: @Jefferson
    "But instead of blaming it on his Black Panther dad for having to live near the Baltimore ‘hood, he blamed it on “people who think they are white” for his being intimidated by black thugs all the time."

    What does Ta-Nehisi Coates mean by "people who think they are White? Is he talking about the Indian, Pakistani, Arab, and East Asian convenient store owners who he feels racially profiled his Black body every time he frequented their stores?
  11. Coates’ father was a Black Panther, so maybe he can get some plot tips from him.

    The premise of the “Suicide Squad” comics and upcoming movie is that Arkham Asylum is being used by the US government as a source for deniable assets. The Joker isn’t really escaping. He’s being deliberately set free by the government so the feds can make use of his talents in covert operations.

    • Replies: @Excelsior
    Arkham surely has the worst security record of any facility in the DC Universe. Since the fictional public seems to be content with this charade, have any sole-title books ever featured the misgivings from the true-blue crime-fighting side about this revolving door policy?
  12. This is the first thing written by TNC that I’m looking forward to reading.

  13. A strange if predictable development. Black Panther is a curious Marvel property — try as they might, he just will not move units. He is depicted as the Big Man of the fictional African nation of Wakanda; he is Big Man because he defeated the previous Panther in physical combat.

    Wakanda is loosely portrayed as a constitutional monarchy whose scientific advancements and societal sophistication dwarf all the World — shaming even Latveria. It’s a charming fantasy for Negroes, I imagine. A perfect fit.

    Interestingly, Wakanda owes it’s vast wealth (aside from the richness of it’s native people) to rare deposits of vibranium — the only metal worth a damn in the Marvel Universe, possibly excepting admantium. Captain America’s shield is hewn from vibranium, for instance.

    • Replies: @Alice
    Didn't BP need Iron Man to save him?
    , @International Jew

    Black Panther is a curious Marvel property — try as they might, he just will not move units.
     
    He will now, as professors nationwide assign him as required reading. They'll publish special college editions and sell them for $50 per booklet.
    , @BigRedEyeOfJupiter
    Oh autism (:
    , @Father O'Hara
    What about bullshitium?
  14. So basically he is Elijah Price, Sam Jackson’s character from Unbreakable – https://en.m.wikipedia.org/wiki/Unbreakable_(film)

  15. @countenance
    Black panthers do have black bodies, after all.

    Ta Coates is about to turn 40, and he's still a comic book fan?

    Hey now, those golden age Supermans are pretty fun.

  16. @countenance
    Black panthers do have black bodies, after all.

    Ta Coates is about to turn 40, and he's still a comic book fan?

    Ta Coates is about to turn 40, and he’s still a comic book fan?

    Been to the comics store lately? That could be the median.

    In 30 years, Ta- will be all ready to cash in with the Gray Panther market.

    Mama’s got a granny named Te Na Na, Te Na Na Na Na Coates…

    • Replies: @countenance
    There are a lot of fortysomething gamers, so it stands to reason there would be a lot of fortysomething comic book fans.
  17. Dey’s call him Mr. Glass. Sheeeeeeeeeeeeeeeeeeiiiiiit.

  18. Whatever payment it takes to get the Black Bodies to accept repatriation to Africa (including of course renunciation of US citizenship, surrender of US passport, etc.) will be a bargain. As in, the greatest f*****g bargain of all time. I know it will never happen, but daydreaming about it really picks up my spirits when I’m blue.

    • Replies: @Former Darfur
    A hundred thousand dollars, half of it in an irrevocable trust to pay an annuity for the rest of the person's life along with a first class ticket to any accepting country that isn't white ruled, and a suit and shoes in the local style would be something I bet more than a couple black militants and malcontents would take. I suppose you'd have to pay the accepting governments a little something too. Even at a quarter mil apiece it'd still be a good deal for us.

    And since voluntary, who could object? (A rhetorical question.)
  19. TNC’s new character, wait for it….”Social Justice Warrior.” His special skill, able to leap over any qualification.

  20. Muggeridge’s Law (http://eddriscoll.com/archives/005510.php) strikes again.

  21. That’s awesome. Of T-Neezy I always think, Well at least we get to watch him grow into the writer he will become. Sometimes one must simply acknowledge destiny.

  22. @Jefferson
    Ta-Nehisi Coates is going to be a comic book writer. Due to his political Black Left Wing bias, 100 percent of the villainous characters in his comic stories will be composed of White police officers, White Republicans, and White Christians.

    Marvel is showing it's true Left Wing colors, they don't even bother to be neutral apolitical anymore.

    The KKK and/or the Confederate flag will definitely show up in his comics.

    • Replies: @Jefferson
    "The KKK and/or the Confederate flag will definitely show up in his comics."

    The current Nativist president of Hungary Janos Ader should also show up in Ta-Nehisi Coates comics, as an evil villain who refuses to let Sub Saharan and MENA bodies into Hungary.

    , @Paul Renault
    The KKK and/or the Confederate flag will definitely show up in his comics.

    Of course they do, they are the symbols all blacks can rally behind.

  23. Well I predict another Marvel rag takes a popularity dump.

    I can see it now, all the white characters portrayed as bunch of Lester Maddox types and the Panther beats them senseless.

  24. @Citizen of a Silly Country
    Ta-Nehisi Coates gets rich writing comic books while Steve toasts his wife with their red plastic cups.

    We live in a very fucked up world.

    “Ta-Nehisi Coates gets rich writing comic books while Steve toasts his wife with their red plastic cups.

    We live in a very fucked up world.”

    Steve Sailer is a member of a golf country club. So he is not exactly living in bone crushing poverty. If Steve Sailer was a human development index, he would rank very high.

    • Replies: @Steve Sailer
    "Steve Sailer is a member of a golf country club."

    I am?

    Oh, yeah, I am an overseas member of Ballybunion! Thanks for reminding me. Maybe someday in this century I'll get there.

    , @Sean the Neon Caucasian
    Being part of a golf country club isn't that exclusive. Hell, I've a membership to one in Japan that very exclusive in the 1980s bubble era. As late as '94 you could resell a membership for ~$100,000. Now it's maybe 1/100 that (if a buyer is even found). People wing on about elites and "high index" persons disconnected from reality, but luxury is for the masses these days.
    , @Citizen of a Silly Country
    You're an idiot. Look up Steve's "golf membership."

    It may surprise people such as yourself, but I actually enjoy a good argument and, to be honest, being proven wrong. Reading Steve's blog and the comments section has forced me to change my mind on a number of topics. And then there are people such as you.

  25. Coates is one Jewish co-author away from world domination. He should reach out to Jonathan Lethem or Michael Chabon to co-author a Black Panther graphic novel. Per Christopher Cladwell, Chabon is already a sycophant of Coates.

    • Replies: @Reg Cæsar

    Per Christopher Cladwell…
     
    That's Caldwell.

    Cladwell would help him dress better. Looks like he might need their help.
    , @haploid
    Not sure why Lethem deserves the co-mention here? Other than Omega, etc. He isn't a wastrel of the Nahisi/Chabon sort, at all.
  26. @Citizen of a Silly Country
    Ta-Nehisi Coates gets rich writing comic books while Steve toasts his wife with their red plastic cups.

    We live in a very fucked up world.

    Dude, maybe five people get rich writing comic books. It would be different were Coates writing the Black Panther screenplay. This is him indulging his inner comic book nerd for a few bucks.

    • Replies: @Citizen of a Silly Country
    Granted, Coates may not get rich off of writing a few comic books but don't underestimate the potential here. Coates, like Gladwell, will do quite nicely over the next decade or two while Steve makes a modest living.

    Yet, I have to wonder which writer some future historian will be reading, perhaps both but for very different reasons.
  27. @H2
    The KKK and/or the Confederate flag will definitely show up in his comics.

    “The KKK and/or the Confederate flag will definitely show up in his comics.”

    The current Nativist president of Hungary Janos Ader should also show up in Ta-Nehisi Coates comics, as an evil villain who refuses to let Sub Saharan and MENA bodies into Hungary.

  28. This is a very shrewd move by Marvel (aka Disney’s superhero division) for a few reasons. First is because the Black Panther is going to be a featured character in the next Captain America movie and has his own film in the pipeline, so the company has gotten decent publicity for an obscure character. Second, comic books have a core audience of middle aged white males and Marvel wants a larger and more diverse audience. Even if this only causes a small bump, there still is some easy cash for the taking. I’m actually a big fan of Marvel hyping an authentically diverse character instead of just swapping the gender, race, or sexual orientation of an existing character. Third, it generates headlines, but is a very low risk maneuverer. Even the best selling comics only have around 250k issues sold a month, so if this tanks and (I don’t expect Black Panther sales past the first issue to be over 150k/month), Marvel has probably helped make sure a few more million dollars gross at the box office.

    • Agree: Dave Pinsen
  29. @Jefferson
    "Ta-Nehisi Coates gets rich writing comic books while Steve toasts his wife with their red plastic cups.

    We live in a very fucked up world."

    Steve Sailer is a member of a golf country club. So he is not exactly living in bone crushing poverty. If Steve Sailer was a human development index, he would rank very high.

    “Steve Sailer is a member of a golf country club.”

    I am?

    Oh, yeah, I am an overseas member of Ballybunion! Thanks for reminding me. Maybe someday in this century I’ll get there.

    • Replies: @Jefferson
    "“Steve Sailer is a member of a golf country club.”

    I am?

    Oh, yeah, I am an overseas member of Ballybunion! Thanks for reminding me. Maybe someday in this century I’ll get there."

    You are always writing articles about golf and country clubs, but you are not actually a member of one? So you just do the cheaper miniature golf courses?
  30. @Steve Sailer
    Yes

    http://takimag.com/article/the_first_rule_of_white_club_steve_sailer/print#axzz3lnOn46D4

    But instead of blaming it on his Black Panther dad for having to live near the Baltimore 'hood, he blamed it on "people who think they are white" for his being intimidated by black thugs all the time.

    He didn't really live in "Wire" ville, he went to the upscale public exam school. But he always wished he was far from other Black Bodies and thus has searched out convoluted explanations of why his childhood terror of other black boys was the fault of the Roosevelt Administration: not Ockham's Razor but Arkham's Rubber Room.

    “But instead of blaming it on his Black Panther dad for having to live near the Baltimore ‘hood, he blamed it on “people who think they are white” for his being intimidated by black thugs all the time.”

    What does Ta-Nehisi Coates mean by “people who think they are White? Is he talking about the Indian, Pakistani, Arab, and East Asian convenient store owners who he feels racially profiled his Black body every time he frequented their stores?

    • Replies: @ivvenalis
    The consensus academic position is that white people don't exist. This isn't a joke.
    (The brain-melting volume of cant makes it hard to parse what is being discussed here, but for a hint look at the titles of the books cited in the introductory paragraph of this article: https://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Whiteness_Studies#Critical_whiteness_studies)

    The premise is something along the lines of: The idea of a "white identity", "white race" etc has been socially constructed, and is therefore meaningless. (It's also 100% evil, by the way, and should be destroyed.) This elaborate fairy castle serves two purposes. The first is that it automatically refutes equity counterarguments against identity politics. Obviously identity politics is important, and is used implicitly or explicitly to justify all sorts of government and organizational policies. However, anti-white leftists need a way to delegitimize white identity politics in order to make sure this only goes the way they want it to go, so they trot out this trope in order to justify roots-and-branches suppression of anything that even looks like it might remind someone of white identity politics. White identity isn't real, so it can't form an identity group. QED.

    The second, of course, is that it allows a motte-and-bailey (http://slatestarcodex.com/2014/07/07/social-justice-and-words-words-words/) strategy regarding racial resentment. Progs are known to make arguments like "all white people are racist [...] and racism must be completely eradicated" and "white people are the cancer of the world". This sure sounds like advocating ethnic cleansing/genocide, but you see it's not because they're not talking about actual people, but the abstract concept of "whiteness". (It's all very complex and maybe you don't understand...trust me and just go along. You're not racist, are you?)

    Anyway, to circle this back around to TNC's weird circumlocution, while white people don't exist, some people say and think they are white as the result of various pernicious influences. These are the "people who think they are white". But you see, they're not white, since "white people", in his corner of the Ivory Tower, is exactly as real as unicorns, or shapeshifting lizardmen.
    , @Joe Magarac
    “People who think they are White" explanation:

    Because "Whiteness" doesn't really exists what with being socially constructed and like that.

    Clear now? [ wink ]
    , @Mr. Anon
    "What does Ta-Nehisi Coates mean by “people who think they are white"?"

    When used by many SJWs, that expression means: "people who actually are white" or, simply "white people". It's within the context of that "race is a social construct" bullshit.
  31. @newrouter
    so , mr. sailer, once upon a time, you were a tour guide at franz kafka's castle?

    so , mr. sailer, once upon a time, you were a tour guide at franz kafka’s castle?

    Don’t know about Kafka, but as long as we’re in Prague, Steve’s journalistic specialty is a kind of defenestration, wouldn’t you say?

  32. @Steve Sailer
    "Steve Sailer is a member of a golf country club."

    I am?

    Oh, yeah, I am an overseas member of Ballybunion! Thanks for reminding me. Maybe someday in this century I'll get there.

    ““Steve Sailer is a member of a golf country club.”

    I am?

    Oh, yeah, I am an overseas member of Ballybunion! Thanks for reminding me. Maybe someday in this century I’ll get there.”

    You are always writing articles about golf and country clubs, but you are not actually a member of one? So you just do the cheaper miniature golf courses?

    • Replies: @Dave Pinsen
    You know, there are lots of public golf courses in America. Some are even good enough to host the US Open, IIRC.
    , @Excelsior
    In one of his stories he was kicked out of a golf course, prima facie evidence of his not being supposed to be there (unless "studying the course architecture" was a euphemism for another misdemeanor). I get the feeling this blog persona might have other chinks in the armor, if you'll pardon my HBD terminology; like that famous John Keegan intro: "I have not been in a battle, nor near one, nor heard one from afar..."
  33. @Jefferson
    "Ta-Nehisi Coates gets rich writing comic books while Steve toasts his wife with their red plastic cups.

    We live in a very fucked up world."

    Steve Sailer is a member of a golf country club. So he is not exactly living in bone crushing poverty. If Steve Sailer was a human development index, he would rank very high.

    Being part of a golf country club isn’t that exclusive. Hell, I’ve a membership to one in Japan that very exclusive in the 1980s bubble era. As late as ’94 you could resell a membership for ~$100,000. Now it’s maybe 1/100 that (if a buyer is even found). People wing on about elites and “high index” persons disconnected from reality, but luxury is for the masses these days.

  34. I hope they show the Black Panthers fighting price-gouging Jewish slumlords. That’d make me buy the comic.

    • Replies: @JohnnyWalker123
    https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=UnDzMGHLm2M
    , @Excelsior
    Yeah, sounds as if you may not be too clear on the historic ethnic profile of the creative control at American comics imprints (and the movie studios that now own them). There definitely are Black Power titles you could still check out, as well as neo-Nazi series which are highly collectible albeit markedly more homoerotic in recent decades.
    , @Father O'Hara
    Indeed. Failing that,I'll ignore this moronic masturbatory [email protected]
  35. To comics readers, or whites anyway, there aren’t a lot of interesting black themes aside from voodoo and Baron Samedi and Uncle Gunnysack sort of tropes, which aren’t sub-Saharan African besides. The 2nd-wave X-Men character Storm could be plugged into a Thor setting without much modification; the protagonist of Spawn turning out to be black was almost irrelevant. Generally the comics tastes of black kids I knew 20 years ago seemed pretty similar to Median Male Teen, but I have wondered if there are characters more popular in a black demo. As part of his hip-hop persona/aesthetic MF Doom made use of a Fantastic Four villain who had always seemed kinda gay to me (a German mad scientist IIRC). Steve’s comment about The Donald’s blacker side reminded me of Iron Man’s curious pre-cinematic popularity in the rap sphere. Hulk is a fairly cross-cultural property; Spiderman is pretty white…

    In 1989 when the movie came out, Ye Olde Batman was as close as I’ve seen to a four-quadrant superhero (since re-whitened). You had to be there

  36. I can’t wait for the soul on ice issue.

    Why haven’t we been able to crash the black nationalism movement into the sexual assault witch hunt yet?

  37. @JohnnyWalker123
    I hope they show the Black Panthers fighting price-gouging Jewish slumlords. That'd make me buy the comic.

    https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=-yfX48o2thY

  38. @Citizen of a Silly Country
    Ta-Nehisi Coates gets rich writing comic books while Steve toasts his wife with their red plastic cups.

    We live in a very fucked up world.

    But as Steve once reminded us, some people like red cups!

    • Replies: @Excelsior
    No, the point there was that his dishwasher was broken. We were given to suppose this was a consequence of scrimping (as opposed to any inveterate tightwad belief in 1,000,000,000,000 hrs MTBF), although the admission of using frat-boy Solo cups was intended -- I think -- as self-deprecating comedic assurance that he wasn't yet so desperate he couldn't afford throwaway dinnerware rather than be forced to use gloves, a bottle of Dawn, and the sink, like some common East Coast graduate student.

    Of course, who really knows what goes on in the mind of a man who doughtily refunds uncoerced donations in honor of a bad week at the stock market... As the ad says "Don't let dishes get in the way of the drama"
  39. @Boomstick
    Coates' father was a Black Panther, so maybe he can get some plot tips from him.

    The premise of the "Suicide Squad" comics and upcoming movie is that Arkham Asylum is being used by the US government as a source for deniable assets. The Joker isn't really escaping. He's being deliberately set free by the government so the feds can make use of his talents in covert operations.

    Arkham surely has the worst security record of any facility in the DC Universe. Since the fictional public seems to be content with this charade, have any sole-title books ever featured the misgivings from the true-blue crime-fighting side about this revolving door policy?

  40. @Dave Pinsen
    Coates is one Jewish co-author away from world domination. He should reach out to Jonathan Lethem or Michael Chabon to co-author a Black Panther graphic novel. Per Christopher Cladwell, Chabon is already a sycophant of Coates.

    Per Christopher Cladwell…

    That’s Caldwell.

    Cladwell would help him dress better. Looks like he might need their help.

    • Agree: Dave Pinsen
    • Replies: @Steve Sailer
    "Mr. Cladwell" would make a good comic book gay supporting character, always offering snarky comments about how the hero's spandex tights are so 1967.

    https://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Richard_Blackwell
  41. @Dave Pinsen
    Coates is one Jewish co-author away from world domination. He should reach out to Jonathan Lethem or Michael Chabon to co-author a Black Panther graphic novel. Per Christopher Cladwell, Chabon is already a sycophant of Coates.

    Not sure why Lethem deserves the co-mention here? Other than Omega, etc. He isn’t a wastrel of the Nahisi/Chabon sort, at all.

    • Replies: @Dave Pinsen
    I didn't call either a wastrel. Lethem has been influenced by comic book characters (titling a novel "Fortress of Solitude"), and has written about race.
    , @Reg Cæsar

    He isn’t a wastrel of the Nahisi/Chabon sort, at all.
     
    Coates is a more a racestrel.
  42. @Jefferson
    "“Steve Sailer is a member of a golf country club.”

    I am?

    Oh, yeah, I am an overseas member of Ballybunion! Thanks for reminding me. Maybe someday in this century I’ll get there."

    You are always writing articles about golf and country clubs, but you are not actually a member of one? So you just do the cheaper miniature golf courses?

    You know, there are lots of public golf courses in America. Some are even good enough to host the US Open, IIRC.

  43. @JohnnyWalker123
    I hope they show the Black Panthers fighting price-gouging Jewish slumlords. That'd make me buy the comic.

    https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=-yfX48o2thY

    Yeah, sounds as if you may not be too clear on the historic ethnic profile of the creative control at American comics imprints (and the movie studios that now own them). There definitely are Black Power titles you could still check out, as well as neo-Nazi series which are highly collectible albeit markedly more homoerotic in recent decades.

  44. Super-hero comics are pure jewish propaganda and I say this as a former comic book nerd, Captain America was created by two jews in the 1940s to start a anti-German hysteria, Marvel and DC went full Neocon during the Bush II years but became Liberal again when Obama became the POTUS.

  45. In the first issue of “Black Panther”, our hero, Michael Trayvon Coates, a mild mannered community activist and provider of school breakfasts to poor African American children, and having previously dabbled in the themes and writings of Rousseau, Thomas Paine, and Voltaire, is galvanized as he sees persons who are defined as black systematically robbed of their skittles, blunts, and bodies and joins forces with other SJW’s to form the Black Lives Matter Brigade (BLMB), and, using his own superhero skill of managing to conceal himself and disorient evil doers by generating impenetrable clouds of rhetorical fog, assumes the identity of BLACK PANTHER ….. ”

    I can’t wait. We need the whole crew.

    • Replies: @Jefferson
    "In the first issue of “Black Panther”, our hero, Michael Trayvon Coates, a mild mannered community activist and provider of school breakfasts to poor African American children, and having previously dabbled in the themes and writings of Rousseau, Thomas Paine, and Voltaire, is galvanized as he sees persons who are defined as black systematically robbed of their skittles, blunts, and bodies and joins forces with other SJW’s to form the Black Lives Matter Brigade (BLMB), and, using his own superhero skill of managing to conceal himself and disorient evil doers by generating impenetrable clouds of rhetorical fog, assumes the identity of BLACK PANTHER ….. ”

    I can’t wait. We need the whole crew."

    Who is robbing the skittles and blunts away from Black bodies? Sarah Palin and The Tea Party?

    , @Paul Walker Most beautiful man ever...
    South Park had Cartman as super hero "The Coon". I'm sure this is connected somehow.
    http://southpark.wikia.com/wiki/The_Coon_%28character%29
  46. “He probably would have turned out different if he’d grown up around more white kids, where he would have found a natural home with all the other geeky kids.”

    You would think a kid of such brilliance would just “imagine” that those young black hoodlums he was surrounded by were “white”—and “geeks.”

  47. @Jefferson
    "“Steve Sailer is a member of a golf country club.”

    I am?

    Oh, yeah, I am an overseas member of Ballybunion! Thanks for reminding me. Maybe someday in this century I’ll get there."

    You are always writing articles about golf and country clubs, but you are not actually a member of one? So you just do the cheaper miniature golf courses?

    In one of his stories he was kicked out of a golf course, prima facie evidence of his not being supposed to be there (unless “studying the course architecture” was a euphemism for another misdemeanor). I get the feeling this blog persona might have other chinks in the armor, if you’ll pardon my HBD terminology; like that famous John Keegan intro: “I have not been in a battle, nor near one, nor heard one from afar…”

  48. @SPMoore8
    In the first issue of "Black Panther", our hero, Michael Trayvon Coates, a mild mannered community activist and provider of school breakfasts to poor African American children, and having previously dabbled in the themes and writings of Rousseau, Thomas Paine, and Voltaire, is galvanized as he sees persons who are defined as black systematically robbed of their skittles, blunts, and bodies and joins forces with other SJW's to form the Black Lives Matter Brigade (BLMB), and, using his own superhero skill of managing to conceal himself and disorient evil doers by generating impenetrable clouds of rhetorical fog, assumes the identity of BLACK PANTHER ..... "

    I can't wait. We need the whole crew.

    “In the first issue of “Black Panther”, our hero, Michael Trayvon Coates, a mild mannered community activist and provider of school breakfasts to poor African American children, and having previously dabbled in the themes and writings of Rousseau, Thomas Paine, and Voltaire, is galvanized as he sees persons who are defined as black systematically robbed of their skittles, blunts, and bodies and joins forces with other SJW’s to form the Black Lives Matter Brigade (BLMB), and, using his own superhero skill of managing to conceal himself and disorient evil doers by generating impenetrable clouds of rhetorical fog, assumes the identity of BLACK PANTHER ….. ”

    I can’t wait. We need the whole crew.”

    Who is robbing the skittles and blunts away from Black bodies? Sarah Palin and The Tea Party?

  49. I used to work in comics. A lot of comic book writers used to dream of writing a best-selling book, a screenplay, or publishing something in a serious journal. Anything but to be forever associated with a low-prestige medium. Coates has already accomplished two of those things, yet his dream is to write comic books! It’s oddly charming. I look forward to seeing what sort of crackpot storyline he comes up with.

    I’ve attended comic book conventions and there are a fair number of black comic-book nerds. You’ll never meet friendlier, more agreeable black bodies who think they are white.

    • Agree: Vendetta
  50. @Reg Cæsar

    Per Christopher Cladwell…
     
    That's Caldwell.

    Cladwell would help him dress better. Looks like he might need their help.

    “Mr. Cladwell” would make a good comic book gay supporting character, always offering snarky comments about how the hero’s spandex tights are so 1967.

    https://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Richard_Blackwell

  51. @Anonymous
    But as Steve once reminded us, some people like red cups!

    No, the point there was that his dishwasher was broken. We were given to suppose this was a consequence of scrimping (as opposed to any inveterate tightwad belief in 1,000,000,000,000 hrs MTBF), although the admission of using frat-boy Solo cups was intended — I think — as self-deprecating comedic assurance that he wasn’t yet so desperate he couldn’t afford throwaway dinnerware rather than be forced to use gloves, a bottle of Dawn, and the sink, like some common East Coast graduate student.

    Of course, who really knows what goes on in the mind of a man who doughtily refunds uncoerced donations in honor of a bad week at the stock market… As the ad says “Don’t let dishes get in the way of the drama”

  52. Didn’t you hear? The media has a new strategy. Its called Full Retard. They don’t call it that, but that’s what it is. Thor is now a woman, but has the exact same strength and powers. The new Spiderman is half black and half Hispanic, but has the exact same powers and even though he’s new, he’s just as good as pasty old Peter Parker. The last time Spiderrainbowman appeared they had to blow up the whole Universe to explain the cancellation of his comic. This time they destroyed the whole Universe to bring him back. I guess sales and profits no longer matter. Some people say that Disney can afford to lose money on comics cause those movies are so profitable. Supposedly they would NEVER be STUPID ENOUGH to bring these PC characters to the films. Wanna bet?

    • Replies: @Ed
    "Full Retard" would be a good Marvel comic book superhero for 2015.
  53. @H2
    The KKK and/or the Confederate flag will definitely show up in his comics.

    The KKK and/or the Confederate flag will definitely show up in his comics.

    Of course they do, they are the symbols all blacks can rally behind.

  54. Most Marvel comics are lucky to sell 20k copies. Not even Superman sells 200k anymore.

    • Replies: @Harry Baldwin
    According to a website that shows sales figures, the top-selling comic in August 2015 was Secret Wars, which sold 204,416 copies. Superman sold 49,825. Sales figures that would have caused a comic book to be cancelled 25 years ago are considered acceptable today. Black Panther does not appear to have his own book.
  55. @Earl Lemongrab
    Dude, maybe five people get rich writing comic books. It would be different were Coates writing the Black Panther screenplay. This is him indulging his inner comic book nerd for a few bucks.

    Granted, Coates may not get rich off of writing a few comic books but don’t underestimate the potential here. Coates, like Gladwell, will do quite nicely over the next decade or two while Steve makes a modest living.

    Yet, I have to wonder which writer some future historian will be reading, perhaps both but for very different reasons.

  56. @Jefferson
    "Ta-Nehisi Coates gets rich writing comic books while Steve toasts his wife with their red plastic cups.

    We live in a very fucked up world."

    Steve Sailer is a member of a golf country club. So he is not exactly living in bone crushing poverty. If Steve Sailer was a human development index, he would rank very high.

    You’re an idiot. Look up Steve’s “golf membership.”

    It may surprise people such as yourself, but I actually enjoy a good argument and, to be honest, being proven wrong. Reading Steve’s blog and the comments section has forced me to change my mind on a number of topics. And then there are people such as you.

    • Replies: @Jefferson
    "You’re an idiot. Look up Steve’s “golf membership.”

    You are the idiot Citizen Of A Silly Country. Don't feel sorry for Steve Sailer's financial situation, he lives in a predominantly White neighborhood in Los Angeles. Do you have any idea how expensive it is to live in a Los Angeles neighborhood that is not predominantly Mestizo or Black? Los Angeles is not fucking flyover country where you can find cheap working class neighborhoods that are predominantly White.

    Lower working class neighborhoods in Los Angeles that are predominantly White are pretty much non existent. If you want to live around a lot of Whites in Los Angeles you have to break the piggy bank.

    A lot of White people left Los Angeles because they could no longer afford to live there, yet L.A's high cost of living has not driven Steve Sailer out of there. So he is definitely making a good living. If Steve was financially struggling to survive, he would have gotten the hell out of Los Angeles and moved to Albuquerque or Phoenix for example where the cost of living is more financially suitable for working class Whites.

  57. BAMBLA

    • Replies: @Bill Jones
    Black
    Life
    Isn't
    Nothing
    Group
  58. @Reg Cæsar

    Ta Coates is about to turn 40, and he’s still a comic book fan?

     

    Been to the comics store lately? That could be the median.

    In 30 years, Ta- will be all ready to cash in with the Gray Panther market.

    Mama's got a granny named Te Na Na, Te Na Na Na Na Coates…

    There are a lot of fortysomething gamers, so it stands to reason there would be a lot of fortysomething comic book fans.

  59. @JohnnyWalker123
    I hope they show the Black Panthers fighting price-gouging Jewish slumlords. That'd make me buy the comic.

    https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=-yfX48o2thY

    Indeed. Failing that,I’ll ignore this moronic masturbatory [email protected]

  60. @SPMoore8
    In the first issue of "Black Panther", our hero, Michael Trayvon Coates, a mild mannered community activist and provider of school breakfasts to poor African American children, and having previously dabbled in the themes and writings of Rousseau, Thomas Paine, and Voltaire, is galvanized as he sees persons who are defined as black systematically robbed of their skittles, blunts, and bodies and joins forces with other SJW's to form the Black Lives Matter Brigade (BLMB), and, using his own superhero skill of managing to conceal himself and disorient evil doers by generating impenetrable clouds of rhetorical fog, assumes the identity of BLACK PANTHER ..... "

    I can't wait. We need the whole crew.

    South Park had Cartman as super hero “The Coon”. I’m sure this is connected somehow.
    http://southpark.wikia.com/wiki/The_Coon_%28character%29

    • Agree: SPMoore8
  61. @Whiskey
    Most Marvel comics are lucky to sell 20k copies. Not even Superman sells 200k anymore.

    According to a website that shows sales figures, the top-selling comic in August 2015 was Secret Wars, which sold 204,416 copies. Superman sold 49,825. Sales figures that would have caused a comic book to be cancelled 25 years ago are considered acceptable today. Black Panther does not appear to have his own book.

  62. @Citizen of a Silly Country
    You're an idiot. Look up Steve's "golf membership."

    It may surprise people such as yourself, but I actually enjoy a good argument and, to be honest, being proven wrong. Reading Steve's blog and the comments section has forced me to change my mind on a number of topics. And then there are people such as you.

    “You’re an idiot. Look up Steve’s “golf membership.”

    You are the idiot Citizen Of A Silly Country. Don’t feel sorry for Steve Sailer’s financial situation, he lives in a predominantly White neighborhood in Los Angeles. Do you have any idea how expensive it is to live in a Los Angeles neighborhood that is not predominantly Mestizo or Black? Los Angeles is not fucking flyover country where you can find cheap working class neighborhoods that are predominantly White.

    Lower working class neighborhoods in Los Angeles that are predominantly White are pretty much non existent. If you want to live around a lot of Whites in Los Angeles you have to break the piggy bank.

    A lot of White people left Los Angeles because they could no longer afford to live there, yet L.A’s high cost of living has not driven Steve Sailer out of there. So he is definitely making a good living. If Steve was financially struggling to survive, he would have gotten the hell out of Los Angeles and moved to Albuquerque or Phoenix for example where the cost of living is more financially suitable for working class Whites.

  63. @Jefferson
    "But instead of blaming it on his Black Panther dad for having to live near the Baltimore ‘hood, he blamed it on “people who think they are white” for his being intimidated by black thugs all the time."

    What does Ta-Nehisi Coates mean by "people who think they are White? Is he talking about the Indian, Pakistani, Arab, and East Asian convenient store owners who he feels racially profiled his Black body every time he frequented their stores?

    The consensus academic position is that white people don’t exist. This isn’t a joke.
    (The brain-melting volume of cant makes it hard to parse what is being discussed here, but for a hint look at the titles of the books cited in the introductory paragraph of this article: https://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Whiteness_Studies#Critical_whiteness_studies)

    The premise is something along the lines of: The idea of a “white identity”, “white race” etc has been socially constructed, and is therefore meaningless. (It’s also 100% evil, by the way, and should be destroyed.) This elaborate fairy castle serves two purposes. The first is that it automatically refutes equity counterarguments against identity politics. Obviously identity politics is important, and is used implicitly or explicitly to justify all sorts of government and organizational policies. However, anti-white leftists need a way to delegitimize white identity politics in order to make sure this only goes the way they want it to go, so they trot out this trope in order to justify roots-and-branches suppression of anything that even looks like it might remind someone of white identity politics. White identity isn’t real, so it can’t form an identity group. QED.

    The second, of course, is that it allows a motte-and-bailey (http://slatestarcodex.com/2014/07/07/social-justice-and-words-words-words/) strategy regarding racial resentment. Progs are known to make arguments like “all white people are racist […] and racism must be completely eradicated” and “white people are the cancer of the world”. This sure sounds like advocating ethnic cleansing/genocide, but you see it’s not because they’re not talking about actual people, but the abstract concept of “whiteness”. (It’s all very complex and maybe you don’t understand…trust me and just go along. You’re not racist, are you?)

    Anyway, to circle this back around to TNC’s weird circumlocution, while white people don’t exist, some people say and think they are white as the result of various pernicious influences. These are the “people who think they are white”. But you see, they’re not white, since “white people”, in his corner of the Ivory Tower, is exactly as real as unicorns, or shapeshifting lizardmen.

    • Replies: @Jefferson
    " White identity isn’t real, so it can’t form an identity group. QED."

    The Black males who commit Polar Bear hunting do not seem to have a problem identifying Whites as a group.
  64. @haploid
    A strange if predictable development. Black Panther is a curious Marvel property -- try as they might, he just will not move units. He is depicted as the Big Man of the fictional African nation of Wakanda; he is Big Man because he defeated the previous Panther in physical combat.

    Wakanda is loosely portrayed as a constitutional monarchy whose scientific advancements and societal sophistication dwarf all the World -- shaming even Latveria. It's a charming fantasy for Negroes, I imagine. A perfect fit.

    Interestingly, Wakanda owes it's vast wealth (aside from the richness of it's native people) to rare deposits of vibranium -- the only metal worth a damn in the Marvel Universe, possibly excepting admantium. Captain America's shield is hewn from vibranium, for instance.

    Didn’t BP need Iron Man to save him?

  65. @Dr. Doom
    Didn't you hear? The media has a new strategy. Its called Full Retard. They don't call it that, but that's what it is. Thor is now a woman, but has the exact same strength and powers. The new Spiderman is half black and half Hispanic, but has the exact same powers and even though he's new, he's just as good as pasty old Peter Parker. The last time Spiderrainbowman appeared they had to blow up the whole Universe to explain the cancellation of his comic. This time they destroyed the whole Universe to bring him back. I guess sales and profits no longer matter. Some people say that Disney can afford to lose money on comics cause those movies are so profitable. Supposedly they would NEVER be STUPID ENOUGH to bring these PC characters to the films. Wanna bet?

    “Full Retard” would be a good Marvel comic book superhero for 2015.

    • Replies: @Jim Don Bob
    Never go full retard. http://www.imdb.com/title/tt0942385/quotes?item=qt0477767
  66. @haploid
    Not sure why Lethem deserves the co-mention here? Other than Omega, etc. He isn't a wastrel of the Nahisi/Chabon sort, at all.

    I didn’t call either a wastrel. Lethem has been influenced by comic book characters (titling a novel “Fortress of Solitude”), and has written about race.

  67. @haploid
    A strange if predictable development. Black Panther is a curious Marvel property -- try as they might, he just will not move units. He is depicted as the Big Man of the fictional African nation of Wakanda; he is Big Man because he defeated the previous Panther in physical combat.

    Wakanda is loosely portrayed as a constitutional monarchy whose scientific advancements and societal sophistication dwarf all the World -- shaming even Latveria. It's a charming fantasy for Negroes, I imagine. A perfect fit.

    Interestingly, Wakanda owes it's vast wealth (aside from the richness of it's native people) to rare deposits of vibranium -- the only metal worth a damn in the Marvel Universe, possibly excepting admantium. Captain America's shield is hewn from vibranium, for instance.

    Black Panther is a curious Marvel property — try as they might, he just will not move units.

    He will now, as professors nationwide assign him as required reading. They’ll publish special college editions and sell them for $50 per booklet.

  68. Speaking of “comics,” I see that South Park, the Comedy Central cartoon show, has riled some feathers with its show opening up the new season when the following occurs:

    This week’s season premiere slapped “social-justice warriors” — extremists out to police every word for bias.
    “PC Principal” takes over the school attended by Kyle, Stan, Kenny and Cartman, the four kids at the show’s heart.
    Kyle gets two weeks’ detention for daring to tell a fourth-grader, “I don’t think Caitlyn Jenner is a hero” — which the principal calls “transphobic and bigoted hate speech.”
    Later, PC Principal beats Cartman within an inch of his life for not falling into line.
    Enter the “warriors.” Culture site Bustle complained the show made it “seem like a bad thing to strive for correct language around transgender issues.”
    “Comedian” Peter Coffin spent hours tweeting about the unfairness of it all.
    Film critic Bob Chipman whined that creators Matt Stone and Trey Parker have “slowly morphed into the Trump of TV comedy.”
    It all proved Parker and Stone right.

    http://nypost.com/2015/09/18/social-justice-warriors-cant-take-the-south-park-heat/

    I sure hope Sailer doesn’t start calling out his posters for making critical remarks about Ms. Caitlyn, since I am one of those engaging in such childish behavior. I would hate to see Sailer being accused of being “the Trump of internet bloggers.”

  69. @haploid
    Not sure why Lethem deserves the co-mention here? Other than Omega, etc. He isn't a wastrel of the Nahisi/Chabon sort, at all.

    He isn’t a wastrel of the Nahisi/Chabon sort, at all.

    Coates is a more a racestrel.

    • Replies: @K.
    Not a minstrel?
  70. convoluted. Just say “Arkham’s Razor”.

  71. The Black Panther first appeared in Marvel comic in 1966, the same year the Black Panther Party was formed. Seems unlikely Marvel would have called a character after the party so probably someone who saw the comic stole the name.

    Coates’s comic will be about Black Panther verses Hate-Monger of course. I have feeling the internet will feature.

    • Replies: @SPMoore8
    The whole "TNC writing a comic book" idea is ripe for parody, which is why I make fun of it, and think about the various good guys and bad guys. Thus "Hate Monger" would definitely be in there, but so would "Redliner" and some version of "Nathan Bedford Forrest." There would also have to be some "Escalator Woman" who terrorizes young black kids at multiplexes. On the other side, some bell hooks, Melissa Harris-Perry type could make an appearance as "Most Foremost, P.I." along with of course the typical stereotypical characters.

    Superhero comics run out of steam quickly, it seems to me; I read them as a child until I was about 10 years old, but even back then there would be parodies; the "Bizarro world" Superman comics were invariably parodies, I remember "Herbie" (The Fat Fury) was an amusing send up of superheroes, and MAD magazine did them regularly. College/Underground papers/comics had them too (Wonder Warthog, etc.) So there's a rich potential vein for humor.

    But I wouldn't want to blow off the history of comics as such. There's a lot there, and while most of the plots are pretty hokey (often lifted from story collections (e.g., Bennett Cerf) or fantasy writers (e.g., Bradbury, Collier)) the artwork is, or was, the main thing. There definitely were a couple of golden ages as far as illustration itself was concerned, one about the turn of the 20th Century (and including people like Winsor McKay, and George Herriman) and one in the post WW2 period (most of the artists associated with EC, including Wallace Wood, Graham Ingels, Frank Frazetta, etc.) but not always (Will Eisner.) Just a lot of good stuff; and the other thing about the post-WW2 comics is that many of the stories in the sci-fi and fantasy genres covered themes that have been prominent in those genres ever since.

    However, I agree with others that most people who read comics today (or watch comics based film series) are mostly into escapism and consolation daydreaming (as opposed to productive daydreaming.) Which is too bad.
  72. @Jefferson
    "But instead of blaming it on his Black Panther dad for having to live near the Baltimore ‘hood, he blamed it on “people who think they are white” for his being intimidated by black thugs all the time."

    What does Ta-Nehisi Coates mean by "people who think they are White? Is he talking about the Indian, Pakistani, Arab, and East Asian convenient store owners who he feels racially profiled his Black body every time he frequented their stores?

    “People who think they are White” explanation:

    Because “Whiteness” doesn’t really exists what with being socially constructed and like that.

    Clear now? [ wink ]

  73. @Bert

    Ta Coates is about to turn 40, and he’s still a comic book fan?
     
    There are far more 40-year-old comic book fans these days then there are teenage ones.

    I wonder how many white editors will be needed to make TNC's blabber seem like not a pile of garbage?

    “There are far more 40-year-old comic book fans these days then there are teenage ones.”

    And that is one of many things that is wrong with the nation today. No 40 year old ought to be a “comic-book fan”.

    • Replies: @Sean
    http://www.vulture.com/2015/01/american-sniper-comics-punisher.html

    "Readin' a comic book?" Kyle asks.

    "It's a fucking graphic novel, man," Biggles replies, pointing a finger. "There's a big difference."
     
    Chris Kyle was quite a fan of the Punisher. Training manuals.
  74. The Atlantic always used to be a tony, hoity-toity upper middle-class magazine with intellectual aspirations. Are they proud that one of their regular contributors is a comic-book writer? More evidence, if more were needed, that our culture has become a heap of execrable garbage.

    • Replies: @Observer
    I knew the Atlantic was on the way down when they did a gushy cover article on Britney Spears. My suspicion was confirmed when they did another ridiculous article about Kanye West, calling him "America's Mozart." I think the same author wrote both articles.
  75. @Jefferson
    "But instead of blaming it on his Black Panther dad for having to live near the Baltimore ‘hood, he blamed it on “people who think they are white” for his being intimidated by black thugs all the time."

    What does Ta-Nehisi Coates mean by "people who think they are White? Is he talking about the Indian, Pakistani, Arab, and East Asian convenient store owners who he feels racially profiled his Black body every time he frequented their stores?

    “What does Ta-Nehisi Coates mean by “people who think they are white”?”

    When used by many SJWs, that expression means: “people who actually are white” or, simply “white people”. It’s within the context of that “race is a social construct” bullshit.

  76. @Ed
    "Full Retard" would be a good Marvel comic book superhero for 2015.
  77. Storyline idea: Black Panther convinces white Brookyn parents it’s in their own interest to send their kids to a “diverse” school:

    http://mobile.nytimes.com/2015/09/23/nyregion/race-and-class-collide-in-a-plan-for-two-brooklyn-schools.html?_r=0

    • Replies: @Jefferson
    "Research has found that minority students who attend integrated schools perform better academically and go on to earn higher incomes and have better health than minority students who attend segregated schools."

    In this context, integrated schools is code word for predominantly White schools. So basically Black and Brown students only perform better academically and go on to earn higher incomes if they go to schools where they have lots of White classmates.

    Segregated schools is code word for Black and Brown schools, which automatically qualifies as very racially diverse. If diversity is our strength, why are these racially diverse Black and Brown schools not academically succeeding? After all isn't diversity the solution to all of the world's problems?
  78. Who is the main villain, the Klansman? Is there a League of evil white people? Will his sidekick be the Social Justice Warrior? The possibilities are end less.

    • Replies: @Hacienda
    Black Panther takes on racist Superman, makes Superman confront his racist Krytonian planet that was smote down for its racist ways.. League of Coloreds takes on racist Avengers, puts the hurting on them bad. Panther puts the hammer to racist Thor, busts racist Iron Man's armor, takes the masks off racist Batman, racist Robin. Black Panther cracks racist Captain America's shield, takes racist Spiderman's girlfriend, shows her some real lovin'.
  79. @Jefferson
    Ta-Nehisi Coates is going to be a comic book writer. Due to his political Black Left Wing bias, 100 percent of the villainous characters in his comic stories will be composed of White police officers, White Republicans, and White Christians.

    Marvel is showing it's true Left Wing colors, they don't even bother to be neutral apolitical anymore.

    Isn’t this the way propaganda usually goes? Look at WWII propaganda in the comics.

    Never forget we are the enemy. The socialists won’t stop until we are all dead.

    There is little doubt in my mind about who really won the Cold War. The communists control America and Europe and their control becomes tighter every year. Just wait until the Obama Youth Corps reaches age of maturity and political power. Sailer will be in prison and a statue of Bruce Jenner will sit next to MLK on the National Mall.

  80. @Mr. Anon
    "There are far more 40-year-old comic book fans these days then there are teenage ones."

    And that is one of many things that is wrong with the nation today. No 40 year old ought to be a "comic-book fan".

    http://www.vulture.com/2015/01/american-sniper-comics-punisher.html

    “Readin’ a comic book?” Kyle asks.

    “It’s a fucking graphic novel, man,” Biggles replies, pointing a finger. “There’s a big difference.”

    Chris Kyle was quite a fan of the Punisher. Training manuals.

  81. @Sean
    The Black Panther first appeared in Marvel comic in 1966, the same year the Black Panther Party was formed. Seems unlikely Marvel would have called a character after the party so probably someone who saw the comic stole the name.

    Coates's comic will be about Black Panther verses Hate-Monger of course. I have feeling the internet will feature.

    The whole “TNC writing a comic book” idea is ripe for parody, which is why I make fun of it, and think about the various good guys and bad guys. Thus “Hate Monger” would definitely be in there, but so would “Redliner” and some version of “Nathan Bedford Forrest.” There would also have to be some “Escalator Woman” who terrorizes young black kids at multiplexes. On the other side, some bell hooks, Melissa Harris-Perry type could make an appearance as “Most Foremost, P.I.” along with of course the typical stereotypical characters.

    Superhero comics run out of steam quickly, it seems to me; I read them as a child until I was about 10 years old, but even back then there would be parodies; the “Bizarro world” Superman comics were invariably parodies, I remember “Herbie” (The Fat Fury) was an amusing send up of superheroes, and MAD magazine did them regularly. College/Underground papers/comics had them too (Wonder Warthog, etc.) So there’s a rich potential vein for humor.

    But I wouldn’t want to blow off the history of comics as such. There’s a lot there, and while most of the plots are pretty hokey (often lifted from story collections (e.g., Bennett Cerf) or fantasy writers (e.g., Bradbury, Collier)) the artwork is, or was, the main thing. There definitely were a couple of golden ages as far as illustration itself was concerned, one about the turn of the 20th Century (and including people like Winsor McKay, and George Herriman) and one in the post WW2 period (most of the artists associated with EC, including Wallace Wood, Graham Ingels, Frank Frazetta, etc.) but not always (Will Eisner.) Just a lot of good stuff; and the other thing about the post-WW2 comics is that many of the stories in the sci-fi and fantasy genres covered themes that have been prominent in those genres ever since.

    However, I agree with others that most people who read comics today (or watch comics based film series) are mostly into escapism and consolation daydreaming (as opposed to productive daydreaming.) Which is too bad.

  82. @Mr. Anon
    The Atlantic always used to be a tony, hoity-toity upper middle-class magazine with intellectual aspirations. Are they proud that one of their regular contributors is a comic-book writer? More evidence, if more were needed, that our culture has become a heap of execrable garbage.

    I knew the Atlantic was on the way down when they did a gushy cover article on Britney Spears. My suspicion was confirmed when they did another ridiculous article about Kanye West, calling him “America’s Mozart.” I think the same author wrote both articles.

    • Replies: @Mr. Anon
    "My suspicion was confirmed when they did another ridiculous article about Kanye West, calling him “America’s Mozart.”"

    Wow. Comparing West to Mozart? The Atlantic really is nothing but garbage nowadays.
  83. It shouldn’t be forgotten that comic books are a form of pulp fiction. By and large the stories are formulaic and forgettable. I expect TNC’s contribution to be par for that course.

  84. @flyingtiger
    Who is the main villain, the Klansman? Is there a League of evil white people? Will his sidekick be the Social Justice Warrior? The possibilities are end less.

    Black Panther takes on racist Superman, makes Superman confront his racist Krytonian planet that was smote down for its racist ways.. League of Coloreds takes on racist Avengers, puts the hurting on them bad. Panther puts the hammer to racist Thor, busts racist Iron Man’s armor, takes the masks off racist Batman, racist Robin. Black Panther cracks racist Captain America’s shield, takes racist Spiderman’s girlfriend, shows her some real lovin’.

  85. Finally…a writing job commensurate with his abilities.

  86. @Anonymous
    "Writing for that comics publisher is a childhood dream that, despite the seeming incongruity, came about thanks to his day job."

    Or came about thanks to his race. (Sorry, I know that's not very nice.)

    Or came about thanks to his race. (Sorry, I know that’s not very nice.)

    His race is his day job.

  87. anon • Disclaimer says:

    I think the fact that Coates apparently went to a white school explains his current social/political ideology than that he is projecting his fear of his machismo black neighbors onto whites. With the advent of social media and people forgetting to close their facebook pages, it always seems like the fiercest black identity ideologues I’ve seen on local newssites have always gone to 90% or more white schools.

  88. So who’s going to do the actual writing for Mr. Coates?

    • Replies: @Jefferson
    "So who’s going to do the actual writing for Mr. Coates?"

    Some Marvel employee White Jew with a significantly higher IQ than Ta-Nehisi Coates will be the ghost writer for his comic books.
  89. Will Black Panther have actual super powers? Or will he just go around heavily armed as members of his political namesake did?

    An Asian sidekick might help diversify Black Panther’s audience and prime those eventual bock office numbers. Conveniently for Coates, the basic character lines have already been sketched out:

    http://www.npr.org/2012/10/03/161408561/did-man-who-armed-black-panthers-lead-two-lives

    • Replies: @Sean
    Pulp Fiction indeed. Coates will probably rip off the Kill Bill 2 Superman monologue and use it to riff about black authenticity, and bodies of course
    , @Mr. Anon
    "Will Black Panther have actual super powers? Or will he just go around heavily armed as members of his political namesake did?"

    And will he sell cocaine, like Huey Newton did?
  90. @IBC
    Will Black Panther have actual super powers? Or will he just go around heavily armed as members of his political namesake did?

    http://www.thevisibilityproject.com/wp-content/uploads/2015/05/bGRyR5t.jpg

    An Asian sidekick might help diversify Black Panther's audience and prime those eventual bock office numbers. Conveniently for Coates, the basic character lines have already been sketched out:

    http://www.npr.org/2012/10/03/161408561/did-man-who-armed-black-panthers-lead-two-lives

    Pulp Fiction indeed. Coates will probably rip off the Kill Bill 2 Superman monologue and use it to riff about black authenticity, and bodies of course

  91. I’m not supposed to say anything but I’ve received a leak regarding Mr. Teensy-Weensy’s first issue. I don’t want to give too much away, but Captain America…well, he’s not who you thought he was. Kind of a guy with a secret identity having a secret identity involving the initials KKK, if you get my drift….

    • Replies: @Sean
    No, the Punisher is the only Marvel superhero who just uses firearms. Re Capt'n America. It's already been done:_

    https://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Hate-Monger#Edmund_Heidler
    A new Hate-Monger appeared wearing a version of Captain America's uniform, and is seen murdering illegal immigrants, claiming "America belongs to Americans." This Hate-Monger and his organization were all wiped out by the Punisher, who wore his own version of the Captain America uniform for the occasion.[8]
     
    And then the HateMonger (who's really Hitler) formed vigilantes called the American Panthers and...

    I am beginning to see what Steve meant when a while ago he said comics had run out of plots because every conceivable plot has already been tried.

  92. “That actually explains a lot about him. Didn’t he grow up in a gang-infested area of Baltimore? That must have been a terribly stressful environment for a nerdy little kid who was into comic books and Dungeons and Dragons. He probably would have turned out different if he’d grown up around more white kids, where he would have found a natural home with all the other geeky kids.”

    When notorious supra-villain Ta-Nehisi Coates is finally brought to justice (and housed in a hospital for the criminally insane), he will cryptically remark, as he’s led away in a straight jacket, “It was the kids…they called me Mister Glass.”

  93. @Danindc
    BAMBLA

    Black
    Life
    Isn’t
    Nothing
    Group

  94. Given the trajectory of American comics, is Black Panther a fruiter? Will it go tranny and be called Black Pussy?

    Let the Good Times Roll white style:

    http://www.dailymail.co.uk/news/article-3242120/Southampton-principal-video-Best-Friends-rapper-J-R-Trey-Songz.html

    Whites cucking themselves out to foul Negro culture.

  95. @ivvenalis
    The consensus academic position is that white people don't exist. This isn't a joke.
    (The brain-melting volume of cant makes it hard to parse what is being discussed here, but for a hint look at the titles of the books cited in the introductory paragraph of this article: https://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Whiteness_Studies#Critical_whiteness_studies)

    The premise is something along the lines of: The idea of a "white identity", "white race" etc has been socially constructed, and is therefore meaningless. (It's also 100% evil, by the way, and should be destroyed.) This elaborate fairy castle serves two purposes. The first is that it automatically refutes equity counterarguments against identity politics. Obviously identity politics is important, and is used implicitly or explicitly to justify all sorts of government and organizational policies. However, anti-white leftists need a way to delegitimize white identity politics in order to make sure this only goes the way they want it to go, so they trot out this trope in order to justify roots-and-branches suppression of anything that even looks like it might remind someone of white identity politics. White identity isn't real, so it can't form an identity group. QED.

    The second, of course, is that it allows a motte-and-bailey (http://slatestarcodex.com/2014/07/07/social-justice-and-words-words-words/) strategy regarding racial resentment. Progs are known to make arguments like "all white people are racist [...] and racism must be completely eradicated" and "white people are the cancer of the world". This sure sounds like advocating ethnic cleansing/genocide, but you see it's not because they're not talking about actual people, but the abstract concept of "whiteness". (It's all very complex and maybe you don't understand...trust me and just go along. You're not racist, are you?)

    Anyway, to circle this back around to TNC's weird circumlocution, while white people don't exist, some people say and think they are white as the result of various pernicious influences. These are the "people who think they are white". But you see, they're not white, since "white people", in his corner of the Ivory Tower, is exactly as real as unicorns, or shapeshifting lizardmen.

    ” White identity isn’t real, so it can’t form an identity group. QED.”

    The Black males who commit Polar Bear hunting do not seem to have a problem identifying Whites as a group.

  96. @International Jew
    Storyline idea: Black Panther convinces white Brookyn parents it's in their own interest to send their kids to a "diverse" school:

    http://mobile.nytimes.com/2015/09/23/nyregion/race-and-class-collide-in-a-plan-for-two-brooklyn-schools.html?_r=0

    “Research has found that minority students who attend integrated schools perform better academically and go on to earn higher incomes and have better health than minority students who attend segregated schools.”

    In this context, integrated schools is code word for predominantly White schools. So basically Black and Brown students only perform better academically and go on to earn higher incomes if they go to schools where they have lots of White classmates.

    Segregated schools is code word for Black and Brown schools, which automatically qualifies as very racially diverse. If diversity is our strength, why are these racially diverse Black and Brown schools not academically succeeding? After all isn’t diversity the solution to all of the world’s problems?

  97. Maybe the Hissy Coates can add the girl in the video to the comics:

    https://www.facebook.com/mediatakeout/videos/1098915090140437/

  98. @Frosted Flake
    I'm not supposed to say anything but I've received a leak regarding Mr. Teensy-Weensy's first issue. I don't want to give too much away, but Captain America...well, he's not who you thought he was. Kind of a guy with a secret identity having a secret identity involving the initials KKK, if you get my drift....

    No, the Punisher is the only Marvel superhero who just uses firearms. Re Capt’n America. It’s already been done:_

    https://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Hate-Monger#Edmund_Heidler
    A new Hate-Monger appeared wearing a version of Captain America’s uniform, and is seen murdering illegal immigrants, claiming “America belongs to Americans.” This Hate-Monger and his organization were all wiped out by the Punisher, who wore his own version of the Captain America uniform for the occasion.[8]

    And then the HateMonger (who’s really Hitler) formed vigilantes called the American Panthers and…

    I am beginning to see what Steve meant when a while ago he said comics had run out of plots because every conceivable plot has already been tried.

    • Replies: @Frosted Flake
    Oh man. Now you spoiled everything. Well, I guess at this point I might as well reveal that we'll find out that the Black Panther is REALLY none other than Ta-Nehisi Coates himself (that nerdy black intellectual thing was just an act) and that he battles Mega-Bull Connor (a mutant clone of the infamous lawman created by evil scientists at the Confederate Flag Society) and Ultra-Hitler (think Hitler crossed with Hans and Franz) to the death on Reichenbach Falls.

    Just don't tell me that they've used this one before. I don't wanna know.
  99. @Citizen of a Silly Country
    Ta-Nehisi Coates gets rich writing comic books while Steve toasts his wife with their red plastic cups.

    We live in a very fucked up world.

    I like to think that Ron Unz rewards Steve handsomely for his writings on this site.

  100. @Anonymous
    So who's going to do the actual writing for Mr. Coates?

    “So who’s going to do the actual writing for Mr. Coates?”

    Some Marvel employee White Jew with a significantly higher IQ than Ta-Nehisi Coates will be the ghost writer for his comic books.

  101. @haploid
    A strange if predictable development. Black Panther is a curious Marvel property -- try as they might, he just will not move units. He is depicted as the Big Man of the fictional African nation of Wakanda; he is Big Man because he defeated the previous Panther in physical combat.

    Wakanda is loosely portrayed as a constitutional monarchy whose scientific advancements and societal sophistication dwarf all the World -- shaming even Latveria. It's a charming fantasy for Negroes, I imagine. A perfect fit.

    Interestingly, Wakanda owes it's vast wealth (aside from the richness of it's native people) to rare deposits of vibranium -- the only metal worth a damn in the Marvel Universe, possibly excepting admantium. Captain America's shield is hewn from vibranium, for instance.

    Oh autism (:

  102. @Sean
    No, the Punisher is the only Marvel superhero who just uses firearms. Re Capt'n America. It's already been done:_

    https://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Hate-Monger#Edmund_Heidler
    A new Hate-Monger appeared wearing a version of Captain America's uniform, and is seen murdering illegal immigrants, claiming "America belongs to Americans." This Hate-Monger and his organization were all wiped out by the Punisher, who wore his own version of the Captain America uniform for the occasion.[8]
     
    And then the HateMonger (who's really Hitler) formed vigilantes called the American Panthers and...

    I am beginning to see what Steve meant when a while ago he said comics had run out of plots because every conceivable plot has already been tried.

    Oh man. Now you spoiled everything. Well, I guess at this point I might as well reveal that we’ll find out that the Black Panther is REALLY none other than Ta-Nehisi Coates himself (that nerdy black intellectual thing was just an act) and that he battles Mega-Bull Connor (a mutant clone of the infamous lawman created by evil scientists at the Confederate Flag Society) and Ultra-Hitler (think Hitler crossed with Hans and Franz) to the death on Reichenbach Falls.

    Just don’t tell me that they’ve used this one before. I don’t wanna know.

  103. @Reg Cæsar

    He isn’t a wastrel of the Nahisi/Chabon sort, at all.
     
    Coates is a more a racestrel.

    Not a minstrel?

    • Replies: @Reg Cæsar


    Not a minstrel?

     

    But minstrels were entertaining.
  104. To me, the real question is this- why not Luke Cage?

  105. Nice to see Marvel admitting he’s a comic-book writer obsessed with black superheroes.

  106. @Mr. Blank
    That actually explains a lot about him. Didn't he grow up in a gang-infested area of Baltimore? That must have been a terribly stressful environment for a nerdy little kid who was into comic books and Dungeons and Dragons. He probably would have turned out different if he'd grown up around more white kids, where he would have found a natural home with all the other geeky kids.

    Raj Chetty and Obama agree.

  107. @Observer
    I knew the Atlantic was on the way down when they did a gushy cover article on Britney Spears. My suspicion was confirmed when they did another ridiculous article about Kanye West, calling him "America's Mozart." I think the same author wrote both articles.

    “My suspicion was confirmed when they did another ridiculous article about Kanye West, calling him “America’s Mozart.””

    Wow. Comparing West to Mozart? The Atlantic really is nothing but garbage nowadays.

  108. @IBC
    Will Black Panther have actual super powers? Or will he just go around heavily armed as members of his political namesake did?

    http://www.thevisibilityproject.com/wp-content/uploads/2015/05/bGRyR5t.jpg

    An Asian sidekick might help diversify Black Panther's audience and prime those eventual bock office numbers. Conveniently for Coates, the basic character lines have already been sketched out:

    http://www.npr.org/2012/10/03/161408561/did-man-who-armed-black-panthers-lead-two-lives

    “Will Black Panther have actual super powers? Or will he just go around heavily armed as members of his political namesake did?”

    And will he sell cocaine, like Huey Newton did?

  109. @K.
    Not a minstrel?

    Not a minstrel?

    But minstrels were entertaining.

  110. @fredyetagain aka superhonky
    Whatever payment it takes to get the Black Bodies to accept repatriation to Africa (including of course renunciation of US citizenship, surrender of US passport, etc.) will be a bargain. As in, the greatest f*****g bargain of all time. I know it will never happen, but daydreaming about it really picks up my spirits when I'm blue.

    A hundred thousand dollars, half of it in an irrevocable trust to pay an annuity for the rest of the person’s life along with a first class ticket to any accepting country that isn’t white ruled, and a suit and shoes in the local style would be something I bet more than a couple black militants and malcontents would take. I suppose you’d have to pay the accepting governments a little something too. Even at a quarter mil apiece it’d still be a good deal for us.

    And since voluntary, who could object? (A rhetorical question.)

  111. @haploid
    A strange if predictable development. Black Panther is a curious Marvel property -- try as they might, he just will not move units. He is depicted as the Big Man of the fictional African nation of Wakanda; he is Big Man because he defeated the previous Panther in physical combat.

    Wakanda is loosely portrayed as a constitutional monarchy whose scientific advancements and societal sophistication dwarf all the World -- shaming even Latveria. It's a charming fantasy for Negroes, I imagine. A perfect fit.

    Interestingly, Wakanda owes it's vast wealth (aside from the richness of it's native people) to rare deposits of vibranium -- the only metal worth a damn in the Marvel Universe, possibly excepting admantium. Captain America's shield is hewn from vibranium, for instance.

    What about bullshitium?

  112. before eldridge cleaver, there was a common black stereotype called the ‘uncle tom’, which meant anyone who respected white laws. the black panthers made it toxic/radioactive… but can we somehow rehabilitate that role?

    • Replies: @robot
    ...what if TNC addressed this stereotype directly by making 'uncle tom' his archvillain? wouldn't it (unintentionally) highlight the ethical fraud?
  113. @robot
    before eldridge cleaver, there was a common black stereotype called the 'uncle tom', which meant anyone who respected white laws. the black panthers made it toxic/radioactive... but can we somehow rehabilitate that role?

    …what if TNC addressed this stereotype directly by making ‘uncle tom’ his archvillain? wouldn’t it (unintentionally) highlight the ethical fraud?

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