Karen: In honor of Dr. Martin Luther King Jr., we'd like to share a scene from Fantastic Four 119 (January 1972), which both Doug and I read as kids and found to be very affecting.
Doug: Stan Lee never shied away from making a statement, whether within the stories he wrote or approved, or within the context of his Stan Lee's Soapbox. To your left is just one example. I'm grateful to Stan for assisting in my education on these issues back when I was just a child.
Karen: Agreed. The ideals Marvel expressed regarding racial equality echoed the teachings of my parents, who taught me to respect all people. As I got older, I learned of the history of the civil rights movement and it was difficult to understand how such injustice had ever occurred.
Doug: Perhaps you have the day off from work, or maybe your kids are out of school. In spite of the fact that it may be inconvenient to not be able to mail a letter or use your bank, take a moment to reflect on the reason why -- today we honor a man who was willing to more than stick his neck out for what was right, and we're better for his sacrifice. Seventy years ago, Adolf Hitler couldn't wait to make war on the United States, a nation he saw as racially-diluted and weak. I'd like to think that what he saw as our weakness is in reality one of the things that makes this nation great.
Karen: Our great appreciation to Dr. King, and all the courageous people who have fought for true equality and justice in our country.
"Change does not roll in on the wheels of inevitability, but comes through continuous struggle. And so we must straighten our backs and work for our freedom. A man can't ride you unless your back is bent. " - Dr. Martin Luther King Jr.
Our collaborators, Martinex1 and Redartz, have opened a new blog called Back in the Bronze Age... If you have liked the sorts of topics seen here on Bronze Age Babies, then you are going to feel right at home at Back in the Bronze Age... Give them a visit!
Karen and Doug
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On Sunday, 4/23/17, Martinex1, Doug, and Redartz gathered for a day of fun at C2E2 in Chicago. It was great to finally meet in person after years of online cameraderie.
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Karen and Doug met on the Avengers Assemble! message board back in September 2006. On June 16 2009 they went live with the Bronze Age Babies blog, sharing their love for 1970s and '80s pop culture with readers who happen by each day. You'll find conversations on comics, TV, music, movies, toys, food... just about anything that evokes memories of our beloved pasts!
Doug is a high school social science teacher and department chairman living south of Chicago; he also does contract work for the United States Holocaust Memorial Museum. He is married with two adult sons and a daughter-in-law.
Karen originally hails from California and now works in scientific research/writing in the Phoenix area. She often contributes articles to Back Issue magazine. She is married. She hangs out with Joe Biden occasionally.
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Dig Karen's Work Here? Then You Should Check Her Out in Back Issue!
BI #44 is available for digital download and in print. I've read Karen's article on reader reaction to Gerry Conway's ASM #121-122, and it's excellent. This entire magazine was fun! -- Doug
Back Issue #45
As if Karen's work on Spidey in the Bronze Age wasn't awesome enough, she's at it again with a look at the romance of the Vision and the Scarlet Witch in Back Issue's "Odd Couples" issue -- from TwoMorrows!
Karen's talking the Mighty Thor in the Bronze Age!
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