() — DC Comics’ attempt to commemorate Hispanic Heritage Month offended fans.
The editorial advancement in June several variant covers of new stories starring Latin American characters, which were to go on sale in September, when Hispanic Heritage Month begins. However, the illustrations focused primarily on food, drawing criticism from some Latino fans and artists, who felt the covers reduced their communities to clichés.
One of the most popular covers shows superhero Kyle Rayner, a member of the Green Lantern Corps, in space with a bag of tamales in one hand and a flag that reads “Viva México!” in the other. Another shows Hawkgirl as a waitress carrying plates of food from the “Cafetería Platanitos Fritos”. Another shows Jaime Reyes as the Blue Beetle flying through the air with heels.
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Edgardo Miranda-Rodríguez, whose 2016 graphic novel “La Borinqueña” explores Puerto Rican history and identity, was among the cover critics.
“So @DCComics thinks these Hispanic Heritage Month covers of their Latino superheroes eating ethnic food is a good idea,” tweeted. “I’ve never seen Batman eating filet mignon, Wonder Woman eating a gyro or Superman eating tuna stew, but this is what happens when we’re not on the editorial team.”
Samantha King, comics news writer for Screen Rant, called the covers “an utter disappointment that shows a lack of creativity and respect for the community.”
“Culture and heritage are much more than food”, wrote King in a recent article. “While it’s one of the most effective ways to bring people together and begin to build bridges, it shouldn’t be the only goal of covers that aim to celebrate so many different cultures.”
At least one of the covers appeared to have been altered from the artist’s original vision.
Shortly after DC debuted its Hispanic Heritage Month covers, comic book illustrator Jorge Molina shared a version of the Green Lantern cover sans tamales. In it, the character Kyle Rayner holds a green lantern and a Mexican flag without the coat of arms.
That version, which according to Molina was unfinished, paid homage to the iconic work “La Patria” by the Mexican muralist Jorge González Camarena. Molina added at the time that the cover should not come to light for “legal issues.”
Molina recently appeared to address the controversy again, tweeting that “one has my signature and the other does not, imagine”.
DC Comics told that the Green Lantern cover with the tamales was not the official one and that the Molina’s original version It would be out on September 20. Molina confirmed the news on social media on Tuesday.
“It is part of DC’s internal creative process to receive and develop multiple versions of comic book artwork from our artists,” DC said in a statement shared with . “Some are released as variant covers, some are never used.”
The company did not address criticism directed at the other covers.
While DC has made efforts to address the lack of diversity and inclusion in the comics industry, their failed attempt to celebrate Hispanic Heritage Month contrasts with a recent effort by competitor Marvel, who announced a new anthology in his “Marvel’s Voices” series that would spotlight Latino superheroes while elevating the work of Latino artists, writers and creators. The next “Marvel’s Voices: Communities #1” has been led praise Due to his careful exploration of the crossed identities of his characters.