[quote="tomarin, post:14, topic:233329"]
I also recall Marvel investing some energy in creating and showcasing black superheroes in the 1970's, such as Black Panther and Luke Cage. I don't know if D.C. had analogous efforts but if so I don't recall them.
Re Chris Claremont, are you thinking of Banshee? His "new" X-men were an international bunch and I can see how some of his efforts at making them distinctive might have seemed clumsy. But honestly it's been a while. (I do remember being annoyed by his overuse of Collosus calling everyone one "tovaricsh" and Nightcrawler's "nicht wahr's at the end of every sentence.)
Four words about DC in this period:- Tony Isabella Black Lightning. Black Panther is a 1960's creation by the way, who first appeared in the Fantastic Four. Jack Kirby and Stan Lee disliked racist attitudes, especially Jack who loathed them.
Colossus and Banshee were exactly who I was thinking of Banshee. Colossus he managed to elevate above a stereotype in the end but I think Banshee was a character few have ever managed to write well. It doesn't help that Roy Thomas and Stan Lee who created him were unaware his name refers to a particular mythological figure of the female gender and not the male. Also the awful green and yellow costume design was terrible. Nightcrawler stopped been a total stereotype as his religious faith came to the fore I felt, especially when you had him and Wolverine sparring about that verbally. Always humorous to see Logan (the suppossed atheist) telling his best friend how he didn't believe in God etc. and then go out wiilling to die in defence of innocents or to protect others. A paradox Kurt called on him more than a few times I recall. But this was back in the day when Kurt could use argue that using claws to chop up people was just possibly not the best solution every time. Something you sadly won't see Marvel do with a character who has become a big cash cow now.
Comics have a long history of casual racism. Some of it although teeth grinding is forgiveable, some of it less so. The Marvel comics of the period you and I thinking fo were mainly just clunky and at worst sometimes terribly ignorant of other cultures.
But back to Red Dawn, I know the game has airbrushed out the Chinese but I wonder what genius decided to use them in the first place and thus create the whole issue. I think using them as opponents could be seen to cause problems in this kind of commercial movie a long way off.