never forget April O’Neil started out as a black woman
I remember pointing this out (back in the late 80s) to a much older classmate of mine, who mentioned it to her comics-reading son, who was appropriately upset about it. Those of us old enough to remember the Turtles’ first appearance as a satire of the absurdities of comic books at the time saw them quickly dumb down for TV-friendliness and become what they were once a parody of, but this one was the really ugly change.
So this got me curious. I remembered the character being white originally and that she was based on Eastman’s high school crush of the same name. So I looked it up. It looks like she was not white washed for the traditional reasons but was instead drawn differently by different artists because Eastman and Laird disagreed on what her ethnic background should be. She is white in her very first but black in her second. Her race alternates almost issue by issue.
Salvador Dali assembled and painted 78 collages, for this Universal Tarot Deck, creating 22 Major Arcana and 56 Minor Arcana in this unique surrealist vision. His work was in tribute to Gala, who nurtured his interest in mysticism. The set was published on the occasion of the 100th birthday of Dali in 2004.
These will definitely be on my tattoo list for the future!