Here’s an excerpt:
Racism was a part of the world once upon a time, and as such it was a part of comics. And it’s hardly left the world, let alone America, let alone American comics — but at least there are certain things you can’t do in public anymore, and this is most definitely one of them.
Ebony White will always ensure that The Spirit isn’t presented in the grand fashion the work’s aesthetic value merits. In a way that’s poetic justice, a casual racism that no doubt endeared Eisner’s work to a populist audience in its day now preventing it from getting over to the world at large in ours. And there the story would end, if Ebony White wasn’t such a good character.
It’s an excellent read and ties well into our discussion in the comments of the Milestone Comics feature posted earlier this month.
I’ll be getting into The Spirit in the reviews soon after we resume our daily review schedule with DC’s Golden Age. Until then, Seneca’s essay will give you a little to think about.