Marvel Comics Addresses X-Men Racism Ahead Of X Of Swords Event Kick-Off! (Sans Spoilers)


UPDATE – July 28, 2020

Well, looks Marvel has been paying attention after we flagged an issue last month that was probably on their radar. Marvel’s Scaplhunter has been renamed using his indigenous name John Greycrow or Greycrow.

In Hellions #1 out on March 25, 2020, the character was still called Scalphunter.

In last week’s Hellions #2, out on July 22, 2020…

…he was rebranded to just his last name.

This rebranding includes the current Marvel issues, as seen above, plus am upcoming reprint of his first appearance.

      TRUE BELIEVERS X-MEN GREYCROW #1

      X-MEN TRUE BELIEVERS MONTH! Reprinting: Uncanny X-Men (1981) #211.
      Rated T
      In Shops: Sep 09, 2020
      SRP: $1.00

It’s about time; thank you, Marvel.


ORIGINAL – June 19, 2020

Marvel Comics Perpetuates Racism With X Of Swords September 2020 Solicitations! Why Has Scalphunter Not Been Renamed Yet?!

As part of Marvel Comics September offerings for its Dawn of X / X-Men Event X of Swords event is a tease that classic Marvel villain Scalphunter, an Indigenous / Native American member of the Marauders, will play a part and in event. Looks like it will be an important role since his first appearance will be reprinted.

      TRUE BELIEVERS: X-MEN – SCALPHUNTER #1
      Reprinting: Uncanny X-Men (1981) #211
      32 PGS./ Rated T …$1.00
      Order using APR200912

Who is Scalphunter? Above is his classic Marvel Handbook bio for him. Since that bio, his real name has been revealed to be John Greycrow.

While scalping by Native Americans did occur as late is the latter part of the 1800s, it was terrible warfare trauma inflicted on enemies. It involved the tearing of a part of the human scalp, with hair attached, from the head, and keeping it is a trophy. The name Scalphunter is intended to evoke an offensive racial stereotype of Native Americans as savages. It is a term that should not be used anywhere in 2020.

So, why in 2020 does Marvel have a character named Scalphunter and why is he getting a high-profile without a name change?

Very tone deaf.

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