Jay & Miles X-Plain the X-Men

As Mentioned in Episode 30 – New-Wave Superteens in Love

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  1. I think the key difference between the New Mutants’ uniforms and the Hellions’ uniforms is that the New Mutants uniforms’ are more or less timeless (they’re only slightly tweaked from a Kirby design, after all) while the Hellions’ uniforms are 1980’s as can be.

  2. So the blackface thing…That totally flew over my head when I was 14 and pulled New Mutants off the comics rack. I won’t go into the fact that the Roman culture really didn’t have the black/white race thing, and certainly didn’t have minstrel shows because it is really more about the reader’s cultural lens, not the subjects. I confess, when re-reading it right before listening to the podcast, it didn’t occur to me that it could be construed that way. Maybe because it was a disguise, not a comedy bit or a cruel mocking. Maybe because it was South American not Africa. The moment that struck me as questionably racist was when Dani (a Cheyenne) called the natives “Indians.” And the issue before with Axe, who was just a Clubber Lang knock-off and there are a lot of racist undertones with him in Rocky III.

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