An Open Letter About Racist Caricature to the Creative Team Behind ‘She-Hulk’

She-Hulk #4 (2014) by Charles Soule and Javier Pulido

Dear creative team of She-Hulk,

It’s great seeing Shulkie back in an ongoing series, especially one as unique as She-Hulk.

Soule’s storytelling and Pulido’s art are engaging, fun, and wholly unlike anything else on the shelves, but we need to have a serious discussion about issue #4.

Since when is all crime in San Fran committed by racist caricatures?

Take a serious look at each of those “thugs” on pages six and seven. The epicanthal folds and buckteeth on the Asian man in the center are so exaggerated that he reads as a racist 1940s caricature. That’s to say nothing of the other people of color that make up the vast majority (if not all) of the criminals.

She-Hulk and Daredevil attack thugs

To be clear, I’m not accusing Pulido, Soule, or anyone else working on She-Hulk of being malicious racists. I suspect that the story needed a dozen throwaway villains and since our society equates these types of racist representations with “scary criminals,” that’s what was depicted. But this is exactly why these kinds of stereotypes are so harmful. They permeate and infect our cultural consciousness, often without our awareness.

Those racist caricatures are unjustifiable and mar an otherwise gorgeous panel in an otherwise splendid book.

3 Responses to “An Open Letter About Racist Caricature to the Creative Team Behind ‘She-Hulk’”

  1. 1 curlynoona June 3, 2014 at 10:44 am

    Well, that’s disheartening. I don’t think it matters whether this was created by “malicious racists,” ’cause I think about 50% of racist jokes are “all in good fun” but they still suck.

  2. 2 juannavarro June 3, 2014 at 12:52 pm

    Meh, I see what you’re saying, and thought the same thing, but thought it was more the limits of what they know than the reality of things, ignorance illustrated sort of thing.

  3. 3 Amy Leigh Strickland August 19, 2014 at 7:01 pm

    I found this page because I saw that panel last night and wanted to see if anyone else noticed. Man, I am so dissapoint. :(

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