If a state attempted to pass legislation to make it legal for businesses to deny service to people whose religious beliefs they didn’t agree with, Christians everywhere would be in an uproar.
Why then do Christians think it’s perfectly acceptable to try to pass legislation based on their religious beliefs to make it legal for them to refuse service to people they don’t like?
Because both of these scenarios are the same thing. It’s discrimination based on religious beliefs. In other words, it’s wrong to hate someone because of their religion just as much as it is wrong to hate someone because of your religion.
It’s not that hard of a concept to understand: Hate is wrong no matter what the reason.
Everyone deserves to be treated as equal regardless of race, creed, color, national origin, religion, gender, or sexual orientation.
Motion Picture Funnies Weekly #1 (April 1939) published by First Funnies, Inc.
Motion Picture Funnies Weekly was to be a promotional giveaway to children at movie theaters, starting in April 1939, but the plan was deemed unsuccessful and only a few copies were ever printed.
What makes Motion Picture Funnies Weekly interesting in comics history is that it is the very first appearance by Bill Everett’s anti-hero, Namor the Sub-Mariner. This story was reprinted in October of 1939 when pulp magazine publisher, Martin Goodwin entered the newly emerging comic books field with Marvel Comics #1, publishing under the name of Timely.
Trivia Fact: Namor the Sub-Mariner was the first superhero to fly. Superman did not fly in the comics until 1941. Until then, he jumped, like Marvel’s Hulk, which is the why there was the saying “able to leap tall buildings in a single bound.”
All-Negro Comics #1 (June 1947) published by Orrin C. Evans.
All-Negro Comics was the first known comic book written and drawn solely by African-America writers and artists. As Evans writes in the intro letter to the reader, “Every brush stroke and pen line in the drawings on these pages are by Negro artists.”
This was not meant to be a one-shot comic. There were plans for more issues, and art for the second issue was completed, but Evans ran into a wall of racism; his source for newsprint refused to sell to him nor would any other vendor he contacted, pressured most likely by the bigger publishers unhappy with the competition.
The Digital Comic Museum was able to scan a copy of this rare comic book (some believe only 10 copies exist). Click on the image to go there.
Lobo #1 (December 1965) Dell Comics.
Lobo was the first black character to star in his own titled book (it wouldn’t be until 1972 when Marvel would publish a comic that headlined a black character, Luke Cage, Hero For Hire.)
Lobo was a former Union soldier who went west after the Civil War. He was falsely accused of murder and set out to clear his name and fight injustice. He would leave a gold coin with the letter “L” on it as his calling card. Lobo was created by Dell editor and writer Don “D. J.” Arneson and artist Tony Tallarico.
Sadly, America wasn’t quite ready for a black hero in 1965. The series lasted only 2 issues and retailers returned bundles of the comic book unopened.
Jungle Tales #1 (September 1954) published by Atlas Comics (predecessor to Marvel).
One regular feature in Jungle Tales was “Waku, the Prince of Bantu,” which followed the adventures of a young African chieftain. Waku was the Marvel’s first black feature star, predating the Black Panther by almost 12 years. He was created by writer Don Rico and artist Ogden Whitney. John Romita Sr. took over the art with issue #2.
Cover art by Sol Brodsky.
"I often want to criticize Jane Austen, but her books madden me so that I can’t conceal my frenzy from the reader; and therefore I have to stop every time I begin. Every time I read ‘Pride and Prejudice’ I want to dig her up and beat her over the skull with her own shin bone!" — Mark Twain
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