Are Comic Book Readers Really This Squeaky
Grabbin' the whisker biscuit.
You know friends, if I were at the helm of my very own Marvel comic, I
would have just turned away nearly half of my entire readership. Its true!
Through conversations with several regular Marvel readers both in person
and online, I have gleaned the following: comic book readers abhor
potty-mouths. Filthy dialogue, drug references, implications of rape and
references to big, luscious titties, all
of it is strongly disapproved of by the average reader. Fuck!
"Make Mine Marvel -- and
squeaky clean please!"
Recently, there has been a tremendous amount of upheaval and distraught in
the Marvel community, particularly with the Fantastic Four readers. Thus
far, they're highly appalled at the startling appearance of strikingly
crass and base dialogue within the comic's (at least in their opinion)
wholesome, hug-able, family-oriented pages. Here's just a few of the
comments being debated:
1. Use of the word "frigging."
2. The phrase "drain the lizard." (Issue #60)
3. And a slight sexual innuendo between Sue and Richard Reeds (Issue #62)
where Mr. Fantastic mentions, "I'm told she likes the way I stretch
That's it, folks! Geez, how uptight can these people be? My daily speech
is peppered with foul language, so maybe I'm not the best judge of such
matters, but I simply cannot fathom how these few comments could
"poison" Marvel's more youthful readers. As with most topics, I
was fully ready to hear both sides of the argument. However, the
opposition to Marvel's seemingly Puritanical readership is nearly
nonexistent. Perhaps they're too busy letting those foul expletives fly or
just draining their lizards. Am I standing alone on this? Seems so.
Many readers are attacking the current writers over this issue, accusing
them of lacking the talent and creativity to write and illustrate comics
that are both "sophisticated" in their story and accessible to
all ages. There are those that perceive the use of the single word
"frigging" has turned comics into an "incestuous
industry." Personally, I feel the whole controversy is all rooted in
the mistaken notion that comics are for children, and that a fully
diversified product line is not useful for luring kids into the market. It
is a mistaken idea that "one size fits all", as well as hanging
hysterically onto an idea that has not worked in the marketplace for ages.
Sure, squeaky clean superhero comics worked during the period from the
forties to the seventies, but times have drastically changed! The kid
readers just aren't there. Shit, Marvel has even stated they are not
making comics for children.
Motherfuck, isn't it the job of the parent to teach them what is and is
not acceptable language? Instead of trying to control the world around
you, why not simply try to be more effective with the only element you
have any measure of control over, your child? Some will argue they simply
wish to remove and keep dirty words out of the hands of their children.
Ah, but their goal shouldn't be to keep dirty words out of the hands of all
kids, but out of the hands of their
kids. That determination is not theirs to make for other parents. These
parents have the option to not allow the comic to be brought into their
home. There's absolutely no need whatsoever to tell another person what
they can and can't write about or what language they can use. However, its
within everyone's right to be able to tell Marvel what the content of
their comics should be, but after you tell Marvel what you think the
contents of their comics should be, Marvel has the perfect right to tell
you to go straight to hell.
Kids rejected comic books in the 90s. They didn't want anything to do with
them, even when they were 'all-ages'. Let's face it, it isn't the kids who
are having problems with these comics, it's parents with rigid morals who
I hope are in the vast minority. The occasional sex innuendo, dick n' fart
joke, violence, drug reference or flopping titty comment are perfectly
fine by me. I'm curious to know how the rest of you readers feel about
mature dialogue in comics, so do chime
in if you have a moment.