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10 Embarrassing Comic Book Moments Writers Had To Explain

Spider-Man hating protesters, 1950s Captain America... Marvel has had to retcon some awkward stuff.

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The weirdest thing about American comics, at least when compared to other forms of sequential storytelling like manga, is that the original writer has VERY little say over what the books are doing now.

Who knows what Bob Kane and Bill Finger would think of, say, the Tom King run on Batman, but DC then and now likely wouldn't care. After all, those two got their paychecks and it's not like they OWN the characters and stories they create, such is the way of work-for-hire.

These characters have also changed drastically in the decades since they first appeared. Different writers and artists always come onto books to keep things feeling fresh and to clean up any potential messes made by previous creative teams... and there've been a lot.

One definite advantage of this model of storytelling is that different writers means different perspectives, meaning that if a writer introduces something that's either problematic or just plain stupid, you can rest assured that in a year or two someone will be along to confront that.

These moments were not only stupid but just so flat out embarrassing for the characters they were attached to, that later writers had no choice but to address them - but not always for the better...

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John Tibbetts is a novelist in theory, a Whatculture contributor in practice, and a nerd all around who loves talking about movies, TV, anime, and video games more than he loves breathing. Which might be a problem in the long term, but eh, who can think that far ahead?