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Comics A.M. | Why the new Spider-Man matters; a look at ‘work for hire’

Miles Morales

Comics | In a post subtitled “Why the new biracial Spider-Man matters,” David Betancourt shares his reaction to the news that the new Ultimate Spider-Man is half-black, half-Latino: “The new Ultimate Spider-Man, who will have the almost impossible task of replacing the late Peter Parker (easily one of Marvel Comics most popular characters), took off his mask and revealed himself to be a young, half-black, half-Latino kid by the name of Miles Morales. When I read the news, I was beside myself, as if my brain couldn’t fully process the revelation. My friendly neighborhood Spider-Man was … just like me? This is a moment I never thought I’d see. But the moment has arrived, and I — the son of Puerto Rican man who passed his love of comics to me, and a black woman who once called me just to say she’d met Adam West — will never forget that day.”

The New Yorker, meanwhile, posts the opening on an essay from the year 2120 that looks back at the cultural significance of the new Spider-Man. [Comic Riffs, New Yorker]

Legal | Analysis of the Kirby estate/Marvel case continues, as both Modern Ideas and Copyhype look at the concept of “work for hire” in light of the ruling. [Modern Ideas, Copyhype]

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Anti-Defamation League calls Foreskin Man comic ‘deeply offensive’

I’d almost forgotten about ole’ Foreskin Man. About a year ago, the hooded champion debuted. Written and created by Matthew Hess, president of an anti-circumcision organization, the comic stars “intactivist” Miles Hastwick, who fights super villains like Dr. Mutilator and, in the second issue, Monster Mohel:

Monster Mohel and crew

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Is the world ready for Foreskin Man?

Foreskin Man

Foreskin Man

“Intactivist” Miles Hastwick spends his days curating the Museum of Genital Integrity. But when a baby is in danger of having his foreskin removed by the evil Dr. Mutilator, Hastwick rips off his goatee and becomes Foreskin Man.

Written and created by Matthew Hess, president of an anti-circumcision organization, the comic “uses popular art to shine a spotlight on the practice of infant circumcision,” Hess told “Over the years there have been a lot of rationalizations and justifications to keep it going, but the bottom line is that forced circumcision violates human rights. I hope this story will help convince some people of that in a way that words alone cannot.”

The comic is about what you would expect in terms of plot; there’s a somewhat disturbing panel on the first page featuring a museum exhibit of a circumcision, but no real babies are harmed, by genital mutilation or otherwise. Probably the most graphic aspect of the comic is the fact that Foreskin Man walks around with a penis emblem on his chest. Uncircumcised, of course.

The 12-page comic can be downloaded or read online at

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