|He's a Brother! Spider-Man goes Blackface in 2011|
Perhaps those writing in that particular field (outside of guys like Frank Miller and some Garth Ennis work) have always been progressive-types pushing a DWL-driven agenda. In finishing Captain America and Whiteness (available August 8 in paperback; now on Kindle), I realized one interesting story was neglected: the case of Community star Donald Glover trying to win the part of Peter Parker/Spider-man in the 2012 re-boot - already? - of the Spider-man franchise, The Amazing Spider-Man.
Andrew Garfield (a white guy, just like Parker in the comics, television shows and three movies) got the role, but not before Stan Lee (the creator of Spider-Man) could say this about Glover's - a Black dude - campaign for the role:
"He's a great actor. I've seen him, and he's terrific," Lee said of Glover. "As far as I'm concerned ... anybody should have a chance to audition for the role. I certainly think he should have a chance to audition."
He continued: "Here's the point: We've already had the Kingpin in 'Daredevil' portrayed by a black man, where he was white in the comics, [and] we've had Nick Fury portrayed by a black man where he was white in the comics," said Lee. "But not that many people had seen these characters — not that many moviegoers are familiar with them. Everybody seems to be familiar with Spider-Man, so I say that it isn't that it's a racial issue — it's just that it might be confusing to people."