There have been about 42 multigabillion reactions in the media to the new multi-culti-ultimate Spider-Man, and we’re not going to link to all of them, but here are the three best that have crossed our desk today. Perhaps we’ll update this post if more good ones come in.
• As you can see Stephen Colbert weighed in last night with some funny, funny jokes. Colbert is an avowed comics fan with many crossovers in his resume already, including having Joe Quesada on as a guest, and guesting himself in an issue of Spider-man.
• New Media Animation, the outfit which makes those hilarious Taiwanese news cartoons, put together their own take on the situation, asking why there is no Asian Spider-Man!
There are few well-known Asian superheroes. The most recent was Kato in The Green Hornet, which bombed at the box office. Asians have traditionally been portrayed as villains such as Fu Manchu characters or dastardly dragon ladies. Asia’s time in the superhero spotlight is long overdue. What are you waiting for, Marvel?
These folks are evidently unaware that there has already been a Manga spider-man by the great Ryoichi Ikegami (Mai, Crying Freeman). Far from being merely a manga-styled version of Peter Parker, the book starred a Japanese youth named Yu Komori — so been there, done that, New Media Animation!
• Finally, a real half-black, half Hispanic man named David Betancourt has written on the Washington Post blog about his feelings:
You always remember the happiest day of your comic-book life. Those of us who refuse to let go of our 22 to 30 pages of monthly joy called comic books once we’ve “grown up” each have our moments. For some, it’s the first time they read Watchmen. Others will say it was when they discovered the X-Men. Perhaps it was that time they read Batman: Year One.
For me, that moment came Aug. 2, 2011, when after reading comic books for more than two-thirds of my life (I am 31) and never being surprised or shocked by anything, I read news that, literally, made my jaw drop.
Heidi MacDonald is the founder and editor in chief of The Beat. In the past, she worked for Disney, DC Comics, Fox and Publishers Weekly. She can be heard regularly on the More To Come Podcast. She likes coffee, cats and noble struggle.