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Quote of the Day | ‘There’s always room for further diversity’

all-new ultimates“There’s always room for more; there’s always room for further diversity. Whether it’s more Latino characters, or more Black characters, or more LGBT characters — you pretty much can pick any group of people, and as long as you’re not talking about middle-aged white men like myself, they’re probably underrepresented in the world of superhero comics. It’s tough from a sales perspective, because all of the characters that are still the bedrock, firmament characters tend to be guys that were created in the 1960s if not earlier, at a time when comic books were predominantly, if not exclusively, white. While it’s nice that we’ve made some steps — we have more female-led books than ever before — that doesn’t mean we should stop coming up with them. Just because we have a few books that have Hispanic characters, that doesn’t mean that we shouldn’t look for more opportunities to do more there. The same thing is true with every demographic that you can speak to. No matter where you happen to sit within the cultural zeitgeist, it’s never mission accomplished. It’s always, ‘What’s next?’ There’s always going to be somebody who is underrepresented, or that you could represent more truthfully or more affectingly.”

Tom Brevoort, Marvel’s senior vice president of publishing, discussing the titles introduced as part of the “All-New Marvel NOW!” initiative

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Simon DelMonte

March 11, 2014 at 4:05 pm

So how about some more Jewish characters besides Kitty? I could go for that.

@Simon
I second that! But ones that are absolutely neutral on the whole Palestine/Israel tiff, I’m tired of that schoolyard brawl.

@Simon and Acer: There’s Ben Grimm. And Magneto. And Moon Knight. And though we haven’t seen him in a while, Doc Samson. And according to this ( http://marvel.wikia.com/Category:Jewish ), there’s Quicksilver, Scarlet Witch, Polaris, David Haller, Sasquatch, Gertrude (from Runaways), and Songbird.

Huh, I thought Marvel had more Jewish characters than that.

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