WMP_1939_12_30b

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    Illustrated by William Meade Prince

    * Courtesy of Tony Gleeson

    1. Xyling 23 months ago | reply

      The patches of hatches, brilliant!

    2. Matthew-1 23 months ago | reply

      Isn't that nice? All the white folks are prosperous and dignified.
      Jesus, no wonder it took so long for some form of racial progress to occur in the States. This guy illustrations are low level racist at best. Who was he illustrating for, the republican party?

    3. leifpeng 23 months ago | reply

      Matthew-1; if you didn't read my blog last week you missed guest author Tony Gleeson's remarks on that topic.

      Tony wrote, "It's always problematic for me to explore the racial attitudes of the 1930s and 1940s, which were intrinsically woven into so much of the story telling. For instance I love Will Eisner's Spirit and Blackhawk, but it was just taken for granted to show non-white characters (in this case Ebony and Chop Chop) in a condescending manner. That points out to me just how removed from what was thought of as mainstream American society so many people were in those days. I love and respect how much WM Prince restored some humanity and dignity to those caricatured souls in Bradford's story. Just one more reason to admire the man and work to make more people aware of him."

      Tony also provided a link to an interesting article where Will Eisner discusses the issue around the portrayal of Ebony White

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