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Posted: Mon Jun 22, 2009 at 10:55:07 pm EDT (Viewed 41 times)
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Posted: Mon Jun 22, 2009 at 09:16:53 pm EDT (Viewed 65 times)


      Title One: YELLOW JACKET
      Description: The adventures of the nephew of Bill Foster aka Black Goliath. Around 18 years old. Title would be like what if Lee and Ditko's Spider-Man took place today. Character would be smart, funny, relateable, etc. Update the current YellowJacket costume into something more modern, with a slight power upgrade. Put a writer like Dwayne McDuffie on the title, with possibly a black artist. Set the series outside of NYC, maybe the south, maybe even Atlanta. Title would be aimed at Black readers.

    Is this a new nephew for Bill, or a revamp for the current Goliath Tom Foster?

I came up with this idea years ago, before Civil War, before Bill Foster's death, before the introduction of his current nephew Tom Foster, etc. I like the YellowJacket concept, but I prefer Pym as an Ant-Man/Giant Man hybrid.

My original idea came from two sources, reusing the Yellow Jacket concept, and making the new character black/African American. I knew the certain personality I wanted the character to have (Peter Parker without the depression), and visualized someone like Marlon Waynes in the role. The "funny black guy" is a role we are familiar with from other stories outside comics (Chris Rock, Dave Chappelle. Will Smith, etc). And of course while blacks make up 15% or so of the US population, the percentage of blacks reading comics are very low.

So "the nephew of Bill Foster" is an obvious candidate for this idea. Bill Foster has a relationship with the Yellow Jacket concept, and having a never before seen 18 year old nephew is still believable. I would have went with a more "modern" take on the Parker family dynamic, with an absentee father with the children being raised by a single mother. One theory on why comics exploded during WWII was because children wanted to read stories about adult male characters, with the absence of their fathers due to being overseas. For blacks now, something like 65% of all households are with a single parent. So it makes more sense for comics to be aimed at these black children. In this instance, I would have made the main character the product of being raised by a single mother, the sister of Bill Foster. Instead of being raised by an elderly aunt and uncle as a result of parents dieing from a failed CIA mission, this character would have been raised by a single mother (and and involved uncle Bill) as a result of an all too common situation where the father leaves.

But to finally answer your question, no, I did not envision this character to be Tom Foster. I've pretty much hated Tom Foster from the beginning. He came off as an "angry black man", with the suggestion that his uncle's death was racially motivated. This was an idea by Hudlin, so you know it sucks. \:\) Then he later advocated for the death's of Reed Richards and Tony Stark, another stupid idea. McDuffie tried to redeem the character, but for me it came to late.

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