Glenn Beck Blames Obama for Long History of Multiracial Spider-Men

Categories: Comics, Geek

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Any excuse to use this picture, really.
Walking down the path of Glenn Beck's logic is kind of like trying to catch a rattlesnake with your eyelids, but here we go anyway.

What has Mr. Beck all a tizzy lately is the fact that Spider-Man has gone multiracial. Marvel has begun portraying the famous hero as a half-Latino, half-black teenager. This, says Beck, is a direct result of President and Mrs. Obama's plan to sublimate white America through our most cherished institutions. You can hear his thoughts here.

Okay, where to start?

First of all, we should note that Peter Parker, the Spider-Man most of us know and love, has not been given some kind of politically correct makeover. He's been given a killed-by-the-Green-Goblin makeover. This is all part of Marvel's Ultimate line that they launched in 2000 to reintroduce more modern versions of their most famous characters.

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In the Ultimate Universe, Peter Parker died in combat with his arch-nemesis and will be replaced by a multiracial boy named Miles Morales from Queens. Morales will be the full-time Spider-Man starting this week in Ultimate Comics Fallout #4.

"When the opportunity arose to create a new Spider-Man, we knew it had to be a character that represents the diversity -- in background and experience -- of the 21st century," said Marvel editor-in-chief Axel Alonso in a CNN interview. "We have a president of mixed heritage; in fact, I'm of mixed heritage, this is just the world we live in."

So Beck may be right in that the mixed-race heritage of the president may have had some influence on modern art, though to go by Alonso's words it's more likely that modern diversity has simply made a mixed-race president more likely. In any case, while he snidely ridicules the medium itself ("I'm not a comic nerd"), he nonetheless makes the argument that the colorization of one of America's most beloved white heroes is sinister.

The thing is, it's nothing new.

A mixed-race Spider-Man was already featured in Marvel's 2099 series started in 1992. The 2099 comics showed a world after the deaths of the current crop of heroes. In that world, a half-Mexican, half-Irish man named Miguel O'Hara becomes Spider-Man while working for a megacorporation called Alchemax.

Alchemax is attempting to restore the age of superheroes through genetic manipulation in the hopes of holding ownership over an army of metahumans, and O'Hara is working on a procedure to recreate Spider-Man. After his test subject dies, O'Hara refuses to continue his work. Alchemax responds by tricking him into addiction to a drug called Rapture. Since Alchemax is the sole legal source of Rapture, they blackmail him into continuing his research. A few comic book accidents later, and O'Hara rises as Spider-Man 2099.


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Tjctsc
Tjctsc

First Disney takes it, then Spiderman; or should I say "Spida-man" goes black!? Marvel, I'm sorry, but you just keep on screwing yourself.

labman57
labman57

Remember, when our comic book super-heroes go ethnic, the terrorists have won.

Anthony Chapman
Anthony Chapman

Just to throw out something of interest because I read this story earlier, apparently the creator more so based the new Spiderman on Donald Glover from Community because of the online push for him to become Peter Parker in the new Spiderman movies. Here's the story.

http://www.npr.org/blogs/monke...

TZ
TZ

And Beck is right too! You libs will never get it, you don't understand what this world let alone this nation about, to you it's all diversity and rainbows and if anyone says different you throw out your favorite word on the planet, the lowest common denominator "racism", oooooooh.  That shit doesn't fly anymore, Obama is an idiotic moron and the worst president of all times and you all ohh and ahh over him still because he's BLACK, that's it.

Speedy Evans
Speedy Evans

Glen's just trieing to protect his family name .he is living in a comic book world.SOS ya'll stuck on stupid.

Terrence Persaud
Terrence Persaud

To be fair, I have a graphic novel in which Batman visits Barcelona to catch the Killer Croc.  Now, that's not too weird, I bought it when abroad.  Now, the Batman bubbles are in Spanish.  So, my question is about whether the Glen Beck logic dictate that Batman would need to produce a certificate of live birth or show his identity to every police officer that helps because he speaks Spanish?  Maybe both?

skot
skot

"Walking down the path of Glenn Beck's logic is kind of like trying to catch a rattlesnake with your eyelids[...]"

Ah, Jef, why set the bar so high with the opening sentence?  Great one, yet again.

JonathanLim
JonathanLim

As made perfectly clear in the article, President Obama has nothing to do with the current Ultimate incarnation of Spider-Man. If that were the case, then Bill Clinton is to blame for that Scarlet Spider/Clone Saga nonsense back in '94.

JohnS
JohnS

If I'm reading your comment correctly, your think diversity is bad, then why do you care about the charges of racism against conservatives? You fit the title correctly.

Jef With One F
Jef With One F

I like that we have a comic geek for a president. His faves are Spidey and Conan, which means we have a president who will recognize both zombies and the return of Cthulhu. Can't speak for ya'll, but that make me sleep better at night.

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