No Good Deed Goes Unpunished for Dr. Strange

While reading Jason Aaron’s run of Doctor Strange, the introduction of Mister Misery really caught my attention. Mister Misery debuts in The Last Days of Magic Part 3 as, “made entirely of pain and suffering.” Mister Misery was created with the help of Wong, who channeled Dr. Strange’s pain into a padlocked cellar room. Dr. Strange eventually has … More No Good Deed Goes Unpunished for Dr. Strange

Bulletproof Love: Symbolism and Racial Injustice in Luke Cage

Bulletproof Love addresses race issues, which is what Marvel wanted to occur throughout the series. To the show’s credit, there are many ways this is done successfully. Bulletproof Love, however, highlights that Luke Cage is a symbol of racial injustice without substance. He wears the politically charged hoodie over bulletproof black skin, but he remains silent on discriminatory policing. … More Bulletproof Love: Symbolism and Racial Injustice in Luke Cage

The Cigarette, The Batman, and The Youth: a History of Tobacco Regulations and Comic Books – Part IV: Smoking Depictions and the First Amendment

In this post, we will explore Winters v. New York, Brown v. Entertainment Merchant Association, and Miller v. California to provide a framework to analyze whether smoking depictions could be statutorily regulated and withstand the heightened scrutiny applied to First Amendment cases. … More The Cigarette, The Batman, and The Youth: a History of Tobacco Regulations and Comic Books – Part IV: Smoking Depictions and the First Amendment

The Cigarette, The Batman, and The Youth: a History of Tobacco Regulations and Comic Books – Part II: Breaking the Codes

There are four notable exceptions to comic book publishers and cigarette manufacturers abiding by the tobacco advertisement ban in comic books. First, in 1991, National Association for Stock Car Auto Racing (NASCAR) promotional comic books mentioned the Winston cigarette brand numerous times in relation to the Winston Cup Series.[1] New Image and MMI & Vortex … More The Cigarette, The Batman, and The Youth: a History of Tobacco Regulations and Comic Books – Part II: Breaking the Codes