From the white supremacist vampire, to the Japanese fighting Hover-boy, these 10 comic book characters take caricature to a whole new offensive level.
Superheroes have been around for most of a century, and like most elderly people, they’re pretty damn racist. They give us someone to look up to, root for, and aspire to become. But sometimes, superheroes miss the mark and offend way more than they inspire.
A vampire created by a white supremacist group to eliminate the New Guardians. His power was the ability to bite black, Asian and Latino characters and infect them with HIV.
Drawn is a Chinese caricature with bright yellow skin and buck teeth. He was the only Blackhawk who didn´t wear uniform, but a traditional Chinese shirt and pants instead.
The red haired Irish superhero´s emblem was a clover leaf. Her super power was The Luck of the Irish. Her dad was a militant member of the IRA and attempted to use her powers for terrorism
Memin Pinguin was pulled from stores when an issue coincided with Barack Obama´s presidential campaign. Titled “Memin Runs for President”, the protagonist Memin is a black boy depicted as a monkey.
A Chinese Communist, the super-villain was depicted as a gigantic yellow egg with narrow eyes. He also had a thin, curled moustache which he used as a hand or whip.
After complaints that there were no black characters, editors introduced Tyroc. He ruled an island of black separatists who believed white people were devils.
Popular US WW2 superhero Hover-boy fought the Japanese threat in a US series called “Yellow Peric”. One story ends with the declaration that an innocent man deserved death as “He was guilty of being Jap.”
In an attempt to attract black readers, Steamboat was introduced as Capitan marvel´s valet. Dim witted, with lips 1/2the size of his face. He was killed off after protest groups visited the editor´s office.
Gained his superpowers after he attempted to wash off his black skin, thinking he was dirty. His nickname Captain Coconut refers to the notion that he´s black on the outside but white on the inside.
Pascal Horta became a villain when his amputated white hand was replaced with that of a black murderer. He states that the “African corpuscles infected the entire body with evil”.