DC Comics Latino Covers
The House of Superheroes released three in honor of Hispanic Heritage Month.
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As part of the celebration, the publisher featured superheroes Green Lantern, Hawkgirl and Blue Beetle carrying foods typical of the Latino community.
One of the covers shows Green Lantern with a bag full of tamales and a flag that reads "Viva Mexico!"; another shows Hawkgirl as a waitress and the last one shows Blue Beetle flying through the air with tacos in his hand.
Many fans of the brand disagreed with the editorial's depiction, as it reduced Latinos only to food-related clichés.
"It is an absolute disappointment that shows a lack of creativity and respect for the community. Culture and heritage is so much more than food. While it's one of the most effective ways to bring people together and start building bridges, it shouldn't be the sole focus of covers that purport to celebrate so many different cultures", said Samantha King, a comics news writer, for the site Screen Rant.
The author of the comic book series 'La Borinqueña', Edgardo Miranda-Rodriguez, was also highly critical of DC Comics' announcement.
"So, DC Comics thinks these Hispanic Heritage Month covers of their Latino superheroes eating ethnic food are a good idea. I've never seen Batman eating filet mignon, Wonder Woman with a gyro or Superman with pan seared tuna, but this is what happens when we're not on the editorial team," said the artist via twitter.
So, @DCComics thinks these Hispanic Heritage Month covers of their Latin superheroes eating ethnic food is a good idea. I've never seen Batman eating filet mignon, Wonder Woman a gyro, or Superman tuna casserole, but this is what happens when we aren't on the editorial team. pic.twitter.com/ggTVBXCTYS— Edgardo Miranda-Rodriguez 🇵🇷 La Borinqueña (@MrEdgardoNYC) August 28, 2022
In defense of the work done, Jorge Molina, artist who has worked for Marvel, DC and Activision Studios, author of this Green Lantern illustration, mentioned that the design that had gone viral on the Internet was not the final version.
"Good news for everyone !!! I'm excited to share the official DC Hispanic Heritage Month cover for 'Titans United: Bloodpact #1'. The homage to 'La Patria' is what's in the comic. Sorry for the confusion, the edited version I drew was an alternate choice, not final," he wrote on his official account.
Good news everyone !! I’m Excited to share the official DC Hispanic Heritage Month cover for Titans United: Bloodpact #1. The homage to La Patria is what is going out on the comic.— Jorge Molina (@jorge_molinam) August 30, 2022
Sorry for the confusion—the edited version I drew was an alternative option, not final. pic.twitter.com/7A44vQd7tf
The new illustration of the superhero is a tribute to the mural 'La Patria' by Mexican painter Jorge González Camarena, where Kyle Rayner is shown with the Mexican flag on his left side and the Green Lantern Corps lantern in his right hand.