book writers have always taken inspiration from the world around them,
for better or worse. This can lead to incredible stories grounded in
reality and poignant commentary. After all, Captain America wouldn’t be
the iconic character he is today without punching Adolf Hitler square in the jaw. Sadly though,
not every attempt has aged well. This can make going back to older tales very, very awkward.
it’s not just the older comics that get things so badly wrong. Despite
all the work put in by publishers to move away from stereotypes,
attempts to make characters work in a modern setting can come off as patronising or edgy for the sake of being edgy.
for publishers, they can simply reboot a character or even an entire
universe if things go wrong. However, there are times where the only
reasonable action is to just never bring the offending personality or
storyline up again. With the benefit of hindsight, Marvel and DC have
hopefully learned valuable lessons, so don’t expect to see anything in
this list hitting pages again in the future...