Green Lantern #79
Green Lantern/Green Arrow #79
Ten Goofiest Moments in Green Lantern #76-85
Perhaps the epitome of Green Arrow’s patronizing sermonizing happens in #79, when he dresses up as the ghost of a famous tribal leader to inspire the members of the tribe to stand up to the white man…
You have to wake up pretty early in the morning to get more patronizing, Ollie…
What's goofy are a few things Cronin doesn't mention:
1) The story takes place in the Pacific Northwest--note the pine trees. But Green Arrow dresses up as a stereotypical Plains chief. The Indians should've shouted, "You can't be the ghost of Ulysses Star because you don't look anything like him."
2) Most of the Indians wear headbands and vests. It's a modified stereotypical look that's supposed to seem modern but Native. In reality, roughly zero Indians wear headbands in their everyday lives.
3) The Indians have dark pink skins. Which was kind of par for the course in comics back then. Asians usually had yellow-brown skin. Only blacks were rendered with reasonable accuracy.
Cover is goofiest
For a truly goofy moment in this comic, you have to go to the cover:
It's a symbolic moment that doesn't happen in the story, but it's still stupid. Green Arrow wears a full headdress from a culture located hundreds of miles away. He uses the slur "redskin." The Indians wear traditional buckskins and feathers around a campfire even though they're seated near wood-frame buildings.
Perhaps worst of all Green Lantern is tied to a totem pole with fearsome human faces. Totem poles usually feature animals that tell a story. They aren't random collections of scary little men.
With GA acting like a savage Indian chief and GL tied to a savage-looking totem pole, guess what the message is. Yes, that Indians are savages, again.
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